I come across these mistakes so often when I teach English that it’s time to share them with everyone. But fear not, this list is useful for all English learners, not just Czech speakers.

healthy x health


healthy:  (personal adjective)

  • Today I don’t feel sick, I’m finally healthy!
  • The economy isn’t healthy these days .

health: (noun) 

  • The health of the economy is not looking good. 
  • Good health should be taught at school.

view of  x view on

view of  (what I see)

  • I have a beautiful view of downtown from my window .
  • The view of the stage sucks from the back.
view on (opinion)
  • My view on the topic is complicated.
  • People have a view on everything nowadays.
look x see x watch 
look: actively using your eyes , focusing your attention for a short time.
  • I’m looking at the picture, but I still don’t see the hidden meaning. 
  • Stop looking at me! 
See: to notice something
  • I didn’t see her yesterday, was she at the party?
  • I saw how it was done, but I still can’t replicate it.

watch: look at something for a longer period of time with intention.

  • I watched an amazing film last night!
  • They were watching the bird flock and documenting their movement. 
during x for x since

during: used with time periods

  • During the winter, I like to go to cafes and read.
  • I drink at least 2 coffees during the day. 
for: total duration of time 
  • John has lived in Berlin for 10 years. 
  • I can go without cake for a maximum of 2 days. 
since: the start of an activity
  • They have been together since they were in high school.
  • I’ve been up since 2 am.
 please x sorry
please: to ask somebody for something

  • could you please pass the butter?
  • I would like a small beer, please.
sorry: to apologize for something
  • I’m sorry to interrupt, but could I ask ( * not “have”  ) a question.
  • So sorry, I didn’t mean to do that! 
Have a good time x have a nice day 
Have a good time: used when somebody has a plan or fun activity
  • Have a good time at the theater!
  • I think the kids had a good time last night.
Have a nice day: greeting to say after you say goodbye; without referencing a specific subject
  • I’ll see you tomorrow, have a nice day!
  • Have a nice day everyone!

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