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Common Errors in English
Common Errors in English

Pair, Pear, or Pare

1. pair [p
] � 1. (kaki langit.) two identical, similar, or corresponding things that are meant to be used together (a pair of gloves, a pair of shoes/socks); 2. (n.) – a thing that has two parts that are joined (a pair of glasses/scissors/underwear); 3. (n.) two people connected with each other (a married, engaged, or dating couple); 4. (kaki langit.) – two people who do something together (a pair of hunters); 5. (n.) – two animals that mate together; 6. (v.) – to put (two people or things) together

1. I bought a pair of socks for my daughter.

2. Three pairs of eyes were staring at Robert, waiting for him to begin the fairy tale.

3. Every girl was paired with a boy during the dancing lessons.

2. pear [p
] (n.) � an edible fruit; the tree itself

1. There are three apples and four pears on the table.

2. The kids were standing under the pear tree.

3. pare [p
] (v.) � 1. to cut away the outer layer or part of; to peel the outer layer of a fruit or a vegetable (to kambeh an apple); 2. to remove by or as if by cutting, clipping, or shaving (often followed by off or away); 3. pare down – to reduce, as in quantity or size (often followed by down):;

1. My mother took an apple from the bola keranjang and pared it.

2. Wait a minute, mom. I’m paring my nails.

3. We have to find a way to pare the company’s budget.

4. The sale of this division is part of our efforts to pare down the expenses.

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Study English Grammar and Writing Tips

English Grammar and Writing Tips

Using “See to”, “Look after”, and “Watch out” Correctly

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Using “See”, “Look at”, and “Watch” Correctly

:: See – we do not use the active form of the verb
with “to”- infinitive. For example, we do not say:

I saw him

to eat
spaghetti at the restaurant. (incorrect!)
I saw him
spaghetti at the restaurant. (the speaker saw the entire act) (correct!)
I saw him
spaghetti at the restaurant. (the speaker briefly saw the person while he was eating) (correct!)

We use the passive form of the verb, followed by a “to”- infinitive when an event or action is completed:

He was seen

to break
the windows of the car. (complete observation of the action) (correct)

We use the passive form of the verb, followed by an “-ing” form when an event or action is not completed:

He was seen

the windows of the car. (partial observation of the action) (correct)Read also:
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:: “See” is often used to mean “visit” or “meet by arrangement”:

I have to

my doctor this afternoon. (correct)
My grandmother
is seeing
the doctor on Monday. (correct)

:: We can say that two people “are seeing” each other when they are meeting each other regularly, for example because they are in love. When “see” has this meaning, it is usually used in a continuous tense:

Do your parents know that you and Steve

are seeing? (correct)
are seeing
our friends Jen and Peter this weekend. (correct)

:: “See” is also used to mean “understand”, “know”, or “realize”:

I don’t quite

how they can argue that. (correct)
what you mean. (correct)

:: We often say “I see” to show that we have understood something:

Donna is Robert’s mother-in-law. – I

see. (correct)

:: When “see” means “understand”, we can use “can” or “could” with it:


why my daughter is so scared. (correct)
her point of view. (correct)

:: We do not use a continuous tense when “see” means “understand”. For example, we do titinada say:


am seeing
what you mean. (incorrect!)

:: When someone
does something that has to be done, we can say that they “see to”:


see to
the breakfast while the children are still sleeping. (correct)
I’m here to
see to
your luggage, madam. (correct)

:: When someone
deals with or prepares something, we can say that they “see about” it:

Will you

see about
putting the children to bed? (correct)
My husband promised to
see about
dinner. (correct)
I’ll have to
see about
organizing the conference next month. (correct)

:: We can say “have to see about that” (spoken). It is used to say that
you are not able to decide now:

My niece wants to borrow my car for the weekend but we�ll have to

see about
that. (correct)

:: We also use “see about (something)” to say that we
investigate, look into, or check on something:

I’m going to

see about
your car’s noise, don’ufuk worry. (correct)

:: Look after – to take care of someone or something:

My parents will

look after
the children while we are abroad. (correct)
You have to
look after
your shoes – they are so dirty. (correct!)

:: Look after something (for someone) – to take care of something that belongs to someone else and make sure it is not damaged or stolen:

Kate will

look after
our house while we are on vacation. (correct)
Would you please
look after
my bag for a while? (correct)

:: Look for – to try to find, to search for something or somebody


looking for
my car keys. It seems like I have lost them. (correct)
Joe is
looking for
his dog. (correct)

:: Look forward to (something, doing something) – it means that you are pleased or excited about what you are going to experience in the future

Susan is

looking forward to
the opportunity to get a scholarship to study in the United States. (correct)
looking forward to
the party next week. (correct)
looking forward to
your visit. (your letter, your reply) (correct)

We can use it in negative sentences, too:

Tom is not

looking forward to
his birthday this year. (correct)

:: We use an “-ing” form of the verb after “look forward to”:


look forward to
working with you. (hearing from you soon, seeing you again) (correct)
look forward to
work with you. (hear from you soon, see you again) (incorrect)


looking forward to
working with you. (hearing from you soon, seeing you again) (correct)
looking forward to
work with you. (incorrect)

Pamela is

looking forward to
visiting London next month. (correct)
Pamela is
looking forward to
visit London next month. (incorrect)

We use
“look forward to”
(simple present tense) in more
written English and
“looking forward to”
(present continuous tense) in more
spoken and written English.

:: Look up – to try to find a word, name, number, etc. in a reference book

If you’re titinada sure how to spell a word,

in the dictionary. (correct)

:: Watch out
– used to warn somebody about something dangerous

(from the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary)

Watch out!
There is a truck coming! (correct)
We have to
watch out
because there is a bear over there. (correct)

:: Watch oper someone/something
– to guard, protect, or be in charge of someone or something:


watch over
my little sister tonight. (correct)
After the incident, Emma’s parents hired a lifeguard to
watch over
her. (correct)
The guards
watch over
our house. (correct)
watch adv lewat
my suitcase for a minute. (correct)
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English Joke

Once there was a millionaire who had a collection of live alligators. He kept them in a pool at the back of his mansion. The millionaire also perenggan a beautiful daughter who was single. One day, he decides to throw a huge party. During the party he announces, “My dear guests, I have a proposition to every man here. I will give one million dollars or my daughter to the man who can swim across this pool full of alligators and emerge unharmed!” As soon as he finishes his last word, there is the sound of a large splash. The guests all turn to see a man in the pool swimming as fast as he can. They cheer him on as he keeps stroking. Finally, the swimming man makes it to the other side unharmed. The millionaire is so impressed, e says, “My boy, that was incredible! Fantastic! I didn’t think it could be done! Well, I must keep my end of the bargain. Which do you want, my daughter or the one million dollars?” The man says, “Listen, I don’tepi langit want your money. I don’horizon want your daughter, either. I want the person who pushed me in that water!”

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