11 English conversation mistakes about Teachers!
In our academic life, teachers not only help us grow academically but also impart some of the most important lessons of life.
While discussing about the things related to teachers with our friends and family, we commit many conversation mistakes and some of them are quite repetitive.
Here, we get you 11 such common conversation errors about teachers along with some interesting ways to rectify them and use these sentences correctly.
Mistake 1: He said a lot of lies to the teacher.
Right thing to say: He told a lot of lies to the teacher.
Mistake 2: Mrs. Agarwal is my English teacher.
Right thing to say: Mrs. Agarwal is my teacher of English.
Explanation: When you say "teacher of English", it means a teacher who teaches the subject English. But, when you say "English teacher", it implies that you are talking about a teacher who belongs to England. So, "teacher of English" is the correct thing to say
Mistake 3: Our principal will take our test on Aptitude.
Right thing to say: Our principal will give us a test on Aptitude.
Mistake 4: Everyone should respect one's teacher.
Right thing to say: Everyone should respect his teacher.
Generally, one is not used to refer to an individual but is only used to talk about people.
Though the word "everyone" seems to be plural, but it is actually a singular pronoun used to refer to every single individual.
On the other hand, the pronoun "one's" is used only when it is referred to oneself.
For e.g. One should take care of one's belongings.
Mistake 5: The teacher will communicate to the Principal on this subject.
Right thing to say: The teacher will communicate with the Principal on this subject.
Mistake 6: I beg pardon from you
Right thing to say: I beg your pardon.
Explanation: If someone has done something wrong and you intend to draw their attention and alert them, 'beg your pardon' is the correct phrase to use.
On the other hand, 'pardon me' is a kind of apology to convey that you are sorry for doing something wrong or being impolite.
Mistake 7: Please shut up! I have lost my patience.
Right thing to say: Please shut up! I have lost patience.
Mistake 8: Can I know the name of your favourite teacher?
Right thing to say: May I know the name of your favourite teacher?
Explanation: The modal auxiliaries 'may' and 'can' are thought to be replaceable in the context of permission.
'Can' shows 'capability' to do something while 'may' is used when you ask for a permission from someone to do something.
Even if you ask for a permission using 'may', it is generally granted using 'can'.
Mistake 9: Tomorrow, the classes will be at 11 a.m. in the morning.
Right thing to say: Tomorrow, the classes will be held at 11 in the morning.
Mistake 10: The examination is approaching near and the syllabus is not yet completed by the teacher.
Right thing to say: The examination is approaching and the syllabus is not yet completed by the teacher.
Explanation: When something approaches you, it gets nearer or closer to you in respect of time, space,etc.
So, the word approaching itself shows that the things are quite near or about to happen in the near future.
Mistake 11: The teacher explained everything in brief.
Right thing to say: The teacher explained everything in short.
Explanation: People use "shortly" to mean "small" or "soon" but it is not the same as "briefly".
When you take a very less amount of time to explain something, it means you explain it briefly. But, when you explain something which is not very lengthy, it means you explain it shortly.
Something brief ends quickly after it has begun. Something short is not too long in length already.