English Mistakes You Might be Making Every Day

English has always been a tricky language with a variety of words, idioms, expressions, phrases, etc. We use many of them to make  our day to day conversations and write-ups more effective and impress the listeners and readers. A caution note: there are chances that you are using wrong sentences or terms. Not only you, even the smartest of people often make blunders while talking or writing. No need to worry about such grammatical mistakes anymore, as we have listed some mistakes that you are guilty of making. Read below:


Emigrate to

These two similar sounding words often make even the smartest people confused, and we are sure whoever coined these terms didn’t ever expect this puzzlement. So let’s get this clear once and for all. Emigrate implies moving from one’s own country for another, i.e., to shift from somewhere. On the other hand, immigrate is the term used to signify coming to another nation or to go somewhere else. That is why ‘emigrate to’ is a wrong phrase as it literary makes no sense because you always emigrate from a place. Similarly, you only immigrate to a new nation.


Peaked my interest

Well, if you are thinking what’s wrong with this one as it simply means that your interest in something has reached its peak, then think again because this phrase doesn’t imply the same. The correct one is ‘piqued my interest,’ Yes, that is right. The meaning of pique is to excite or arouse, so it should be used as ‘this suspense movie trailer piqued my interest.’ Another meaning of this word is to cause anger or resentment.


Nip it in the butt

What one really wants to convey when they say ‘nip in the butt,’ we have no idea. However, what we know is the meaning of the expression ‘nip in the bud.’ This idiom means to stop or prevent something at an early stage or beginning because ‘bud’ signifies the early stage of a flower.


Bear

One common meaning that we all know for ‘bear’ is the huge and furry animal of polar or grizzly variety. But distinguishing between ‘bare’ and other meanings of ‘bear’ usually creates iffy among people. Here is a brief explanation for your understanding, bare is unclothed or uncovered whereas bear is to carry, endure, or support something.


For all intensive purposes

The primary cause for the incorrect saying of this expression is the similarity between this sentence with the original one. The correct phrase is ‘for all intents and purposes’ which means for all practical reasons. For all intensive purposes is the eggcorn from the original phrase.

As you are now aware of these common errors, we hope that you will nib these English mistakes in the bud (and not butt).

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