In English Teaching, L1 means our first language (e.g. Chinese) and L2 means our second language (e.g. English). When we try to learn a second language (L2), sometimes the rules from our L1 cause us to make mistakes.
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Mistake: Due to I am busy, so I can’t meet you tomorrow.
Formal English: Due to my heavy schedule, I will be unable to join the meeting tomorrow
OR in every day English: Sorry, I’m busy tomorrow so I can’t meet you tomorrow
If we use due to to mean because, it tends to be in a more formal situation.
Use due to as follows: Due to + noun + result
Mistake: I love to swimming
Correction: I love to swim OR I love swimming
Some stative verbs like love, like and hate can be followed by the infinitive (to+verb) or the gerund (verb + ing). So, in the example above, you could use to swim OR swimming, but you can't use both the infinitive AND the gerund.
Mistake: Today’s lesson was great because teacher was very funny
Correction: Today’s lesson was great because the teacher was very funny
The is called the definite article. We use it with some nouns when we want to show that we are talking about one noun in particular. For example, The teacher = the teacher who taught me, but a teacher = any teacher.
Mistake: How about go to see a movie?
Correction: How about going to see a movie?
When we use How about to make suggestions, we use the gerund (verb+ing). E.g. How about going…How about doing…How about playing…
Mistake: Oh yes, I agree you.
Correction: Oh yes, I agree with you.
Agree can be used as a transitive verb (T = followed by an object) or an intransitive verb (I = not followed by an object). When used as a transitive verb, we need to use with.
Mistake: I very like this song.
Correction: I really like this song.
We can use very to modify an adjective (e.g. very good), but we can’t use very to modify a verb (very like, very want). However, we can use really to modify verbs.
Mistake: That’s a good advice
Correction: That’s good advice OR That’s a good piece of advice
Advice is an uncountable noun, so we can’t use the indefinite article a. We can just say advice, or, we can add a countable noun before it piece = a piece of advice.
Mistake: I suggest you to ask him.
Correction: I suggest you ask him/ I suggest that you ask him/ I suggest asking him.
Suggest is a transitive verb (T = followed by an object). it can be followed like this:
suggest + that + pronoun + verb –I suggest that you ask…
suggest + pronoun + verb – I suggest you ask…
suggest + verb – ing – I suggest asking
However, we do not use the infinitive form of the verb (to + verb).