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ERROR ANALYSIS
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Key

Underline the mistakes then correct them on the lines below. The mistakes may be of grammar, vocabulary, spelling, capitalizationÖ If you change something that is correct, it will be considered wrong.

1- A number of students was injured in the accident last tuesday; the police is investigating to find out how did this happen. (4 mistakes)

A number of students were injured in the accident last Tuesday; the police are investigating to find out how this happened.
2- Have either of you made the homeworks I have given you yesterday? (4 m.)
Has either of you done the homework assignments I gave you yesterday?
3- Our parents have always done their best to make us independant from them, polite with other people and responsable of ourself; they want us to be good in everything we do. (7 m.)
Our parents have always done their best to make us independent of them, polite to other people and responsible for ourselves; they want us to be good at everything we do.
4- Since Mary got married with John, she has become used to refuse all the advices she is given. Her believes have changed and she is loosing her self-confidence. (5 m.)
Since Mary got married to John, she has become used to refusing all the advice she is given. Her beliefs have changed and she is losing her self-confidence.
5- There is a lot of luggages at the door. Iíve shone Jerry the place where they should be placed. Tom, would you give him a hand, please? (3 m.)
There is a lot of luggage at the door. Iíve shown Jerry the place where it should be placed. Tom, would you give him a hand, please?
6- Iím sorry Iíve waken the child; but heíd been sleeping for forty minutes, wich are quite enough. Anyway, I ment no harm. (4 m.)
Iím sorry Iíve woken the child; but heíd been sleeping for forty minutes, which is quite enough. Anyway, I meant no harm.
7- When I arrived to Greece this Summer, I thought I will stay there forever; but only a week later, I fell so homesick that I pack my bags and went back to lebanon. (6 m.)
When I arrived in Greece this summer, I thought I would stay there forever; but only a week later, I felt so homesick that I packed my bags and went back to Lebanon.
8- "Youíre such a lier! All the news you told me were wrong!"
     "What happenned? What lead you to think so?" (4 m.)
"Youíre such a liar! All the news you told me was wrong!"
"What happened? What led you to think so?"
9- Even thought this exercice seems to be difficult, I know I will not make a single error. (3 m.)
Even though this exercise seems to be difficult, I know I will not commit a single error. (or make a single mistake)
10- Instead of beeing jealous from somebody elseís success, we should work hard to excel at what we do. (3 m.)
Instead of being jealous of somebody elseís success, we should work hard to excel in what we do.
11- Could you tell me who breaked this chinese vase? I lay it on this desk before I went to work! (3 m.)
Could you tell me who broke this Chinese vase? I laid it on this desk before I went to work!
12- Will you let me alone from now on? If I see anyone in my house, I will charge you for breaking into it and have you sended to prison! (3 m.)
Will you leave me alone from now on? If I see anyone in my house, I will charge you with breaking into it and have you sent to prison!
13- You cannot apply for this job! You donít have a license in economics! (2 m.)
You cannot apply for this job! You donít have a degree in Economics!
14- When he has seen the door being opened, the thief slided behind the furnitures to hide. (3 m.)
When he saw the door being opened, the thief slid behind the furniture to hide.
Good Luck!
Nada Salem Abisamra

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