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100+ Common Grammatical Errors in Nigerian English

Here you will be amazed by some of the most common errors in “Nigerian English” and their corrections.

The fact is that most of us are guilty of these grammar errors. However, it is nothing to worry about. English is not our language after all. But, if we have to speak English, we have to try our best to speak it properly.

Below are the most common errors in English sentences and their corrections, that is, common mistakes we make in English… grammar mistakes examples.

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Common grammatical errors in “Nigerian” English

*** I want to barb my hair (not correct)
I want to barber my hair (correct)

*** Barbing salon (not correct)
Barbershop (correct)

*** You’re taking it personal (not correct)
You’re taking it personally (correct)

*** He is matured (not correct)
He is mature (correct)
He has matured (correct)

*** The reason is because (not correct)
The reason is that (correct)

*** My stuffs (not correct)
My stuff(correct)

*** Night vigil (not correct)

*** Traveling bag (not correct)
Travel Bag(correct)

*** As at when due (not correct)
As and when due(correct)

*** Be rest assured (not correct)
Rest assured(correct)

*** I’m hearing you (not correct)
I can hear you(correct)

*** My names are (not correct)
My name is(correct)

*** All manners of (not correct)
All manner of(correct)

*** She delivered a baby boy (not correct)
She was delivered of a baby boy(correct)

*** Lacking behind (not correct)
Lagging behind(correct)

*** Crack your brain (not correct)
Rack your brain(correct)

*** Return it back (not correct)
Return it(correct)

*** Nigeria comprises of 36 states (not correct)
Nigeria comprises 36 states(correct)
Nigeria is comprised of 36 states(correct)

*** Wake keeping (not correct)
Wake keep (not correct)

*** Exercise patience (not correct)
Be patient(correct)

*** Barbing saloon (not correct)

*** I forgot my phone at home (not correct)
I left my phone at home(correct)

*** Borrow me your pen (not correct)
Lend me your pen(correct)
May I borrow your pen(correct)

*** More grease to your elbow (not correct)
More power to your elbow(correct)

*** Funny enough, I’ve never liked him (not correct)
Funnily enough, I’ve never liked him(correct)

*** My body is scratching me (not correct)
My body itches(correct)

*** Letterhead paper (not correct)

*** I’m not your mate (not correct)
We’re not mates(correct)

*** You’re mannerless (not correct)
You’re ill-mannered(correct)

*** Horn at the car in front (not correct)
Honk at the car in front(correct)

*** Happy birthday in arrears (not correct)
Happy belated birthday (not correct)
Belated happy birthday(correct)

*** I will sleep at 10 pm (not correct)
I will go to bed at 10 pm (correct)

*** Just when I thought I have seen it all (not correct)
Just when I thought I had seen it all (correct)

*** First come, First serve (not correct)
First come, First served(correct)

*** Please dash me (not correct)
Please hand it on to me (correct)
Please give me(correct)

*** I have a running nose (not correct)
I have a runny nose(correct)

*** I have a running stomach (not correct)
I have a runny stomach(correct)
I have an upset stomach(correct)

*** Working Experience (not correct)
Work Experience(correct)

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