Common Mistakes in English 4

1 – I guess he has about forty years old.

 

Ok, bem básico, mas não custa relembrar:

 

Indicação de anos de vida em inglês: to be.

 

He is 40 years.

 

 

2 – They usually make their job pretty well.

 

Make or do?

 

We do our job. Desta forma: They usually do their job pretty well.

 

Uma listinha to clear things up:

 

 

Make

 

Do

 

a mistake

the cooking/ washing/cleaning

an effort

your best

a decision

the Math*

plans

the shopping

a phone call

a favour

an appointment

the homework

sure

the nails

an excuse

something about…

a good/bad impression

for a living*

 

 

* I was doing the Math and I notice that I didn´t have a cent left!

(no sentido de “fazer as contas”)

 

A: What do you do for a living?

(What’s your job?)
B: I am an engineer.

 

 

3 – I have a friend which brothers are managers.

 

*Which se refere a coisas:

 

This is the company which I told you about.

This is the company in which she works for.

 

*Who se refere a pessoas:

 

She is the person who knows English very well.

My brother, who likes sports very much, is an engineer.

 

*Whoseindica posse:

 

I have a friend whose brothers are managers.

This is the company whose employees are always motivated.

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