Common Mistakes: Ability | News

In this episode from Perfect English Podcast, you will learn to identify and fix the common mistakes we usually make when we use the words, ability, and news.

Common Mistakes: Ability | News Audio

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Common Mistakes: Ability | News Quiz

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I want to improve my ability ____ English.

Correct! Wrong!

We say ability in a language or a subject

I want to improve my _____.

Correct! Wrong!

We say reading/writing/teaching/acting ability

I am looking forward to hearing _____ good news from you.

Correct! Wrong!

News is an uncountable noun.

The news _____ never good nowadays.

Correct! Wrong!

News is an uncountable noun.

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Common Mistakes: Ability | News Transcript

Welcome to a new episode from perfect English podcast. Today we’re going to talk about some common mistakes. And we will start with our first key word ability. Let’s start with this first example. These machines are destroying our ability of thinking. The problem here is insane our ability of thinking, because the normal expression is to say ability to do something, not of doing something. For example, nobody doubts his ability to get the job done, or we need someone with the ability to work under pressure. So, you see, we see ability to do something, not ability of doing something. So here we should go back to this example and fix it by saying these machines are destroying our ability to think not of thinking. Let’s take a look at another example. I want to improve my ability of reading. When it comes to reading, writing, teaching or acting, we say reading writing, teaching acting ability, not ability of reading or ability of writing or teaching. For example, we say her acting ability was recognized at a very early age. So we should go back to this example and fix it by saying, I want to improve my reading ability. And one last example about ability. I want to improve my ability of English now the mistake here is the preposition because the expression goes ability in a language or subject. For example, we say Sarah has demonstrated considerable ability in both math and chemistry. So here we should go back to this example. And instead of saying, My ability of English, we should say Say I want to improve my ability in English. And now for the second key word for today, news. Let’s take a look at these examples. The news are never very good nowadays. I’m looking forward to hearing a good news from you. Now the problem, which is a common mistake, that we consider news because it has an S a plural countable noun, but news is an uncountable noun. For example, we say why do Clive’s letters never contain any news, there is one piece of news that I’m sure will interest you. So here obviously, the mistake is using news as a plural countable noun. So we should go back and fix these two sentences by saying the news is not are never very good nowadays. And in the second sentence, we should say, I’m looking forward to hearing some good news from you, not a good news from you. And that’s all the common mistakes. We’ve Want to talk about today? I’ll see you in the next episode. I hope you have learned a lot today and I’m pretty sure that your English is a step closer to perfect English. This was your host Danny. Don’t forget to subscribe. I’ll see you next time.

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