English Mistakes Even Teachers Make
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English is a funny language. The simple fact that pony and Bologna rhyme but rough, through and though don’t should be a giveaway but many people don’t realise just how weird it is until they teach English as a Foreign Language. In fact, while English teachers are usually focused on the English mistakes their students are making, there are many English mistakes that even teachers make!
Of course there are many different Englishes and people may use different vocabulary and even different grammar when they speak – and so what might be considered wrong in one English is totally natural in another – and that’s not what we’re talking about. Differences in dialect is one thing, but there are some instances of language usage which are just plain wrong no matter what English you speak.
We’re not going to bother with the usual their, they’re, there or its, it’s, because, quite frankly, those mistakes are inexcusable, but have a look at these common mistakes in English – you never know, you could be making them!
If I had known she was going to be there, I would of told you OR If I had known she was going to be there, I would’ve told you? Zero points and a shake of the head if you chose option A, 10 points and a high-five if you chose option B!
Every day vs everyday
Every day refers to something that happens every day. Everyday is an adjective referring to something which is commonplace, ordinary or typical.
I have eggs for breakfast every day but My everyday work outfit is a suit.
Affect vs effect
This is quite simple, actually. Affect is the verb, effect is the noun.
Now let’s move onto a few more which might be a bit trickier.
For all intensive purposes
For all intents and purposes.
Repeat after me: not a word. Not. A Word. Hint: use regardless.
Bare with me
A possibly embarrassing mistake, this one. Bare means naked, so instead of saying bare with me, you need to say bear with me.
You’ve got another thing coming
No, actually you’ve got another think coming.
When you’re trying to blame someone for something you’ve done wrong then you’re, in fact, looking for a scapegoat.
On tender hooks
To be on tender hooks sounds very strange indeed but, to be fair, the correct on tenterhooks doesn’t make sense to us these days anyway.
I could care less
While I could care less implies that you still care, the correct I couldn’t care less shows that you care so little that you would not be able to care any less – which is really what you are trying to say, isn’t it?As a teacher, if you’re worried about your English language learners making mistakes, it’s your duty to make sure you’re not the one making them!
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- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.