How to polish English skills – Second Post

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This is the second post where I will be telling more ways to further polish your English skills.

Try to learn one new word on daily basis and most importantly introspect like the way it is used in the sentence.

The irony is, most of us only emphasize on the need to learn a new word, but I am telling from my own experience that it is equally important to refer dictionary and closely look at the way the specific word is used in the sentence.

After all, English is all about learning the intricacies. One of the most common mistakes which people commit while making the use of “older” and “elder”

Both the term means that you are younger to the other person. However, both of them are used in different ways. For example,

  • He is older to me (correct)
  • My brother is older to me (Wrong)

Now, I am explaining to you.

We use “elder” with those people who have blood relations with us. While for others we use “older”

I am going to give you another example in order to help you understand in a better way.

  • I am elder to my cousin brother. (correct)
  • My friend’s father is older to him. (correct)

Hope, you have got the difference between the two.

Another most common mistake which people mistake pertaining to 12o’ clock

If it’s day time, then we will be saying, It’s 12 noon and if its 12 at night, then it’s 12 midnight.

One simply cannot say 12 am or pm.

For example,

I will reach there by 12 noon. (correct)

I will return home by 12 midnight. (correct)

One of the other mistakes which we make at the time of examinations

We usually say,

I have given the examination (wrong)

We should say

I have taken the exam (right)

Even though, it’s literal meaning is totally opposite to what we want to say. Isn’t it?


We also unknowingly make the following mistakes and we don’t realise, so it is important to know them in detail as well:-

The food is good (The word “good” shouldn’t be used with FOOD)

The food is tasty, sumptuous, mouthwatering or delicious (You can use any one amongst these four for food)

We shouldn’t say

The match was good (The word “good” shouldn’t be used with Match)

The correct form is

The match was interesting, electrifying etc.

Similarly, if we want to compliment any girl, we use “beautiful” while for boys we use “handsome”.

These are some of small things which matters a lot in the long run and I came to know through the book

Hence, besides learning the new word, you will equally know the way to use it in your sentence (I have told you in the above example)


It is important to learn synonymous (words which hold the same meaning). You know why I am saying this is while writing content, you shouldn’t use the same word again and again since it will distract your readers and they will not come again to read it.


For example while writing content if I have to use the word “sad” again and again, I will rather not repeat it. Since, I know there are so many words which I can use in its place.

For example,

  1. I am sad

It can be done written in another way such as

  1. I am depressed
  2. I am feeling low
  3. I am a bit disturbed
  4. I am not feeling good

I am giving another example which will equally help you understand in a better way as well:-

I hate lazy people

It can be done written in another way such as

  • I don’t like people who are lazy
  • I don’t like people who don’t do any thing

There are so many ways I can compensate this word while expressing my state of mind to the readers. Hence, readers can equally maintain their interest.

I can convey my expressions in various words without facing any sort of problem in the process.

I am again emphasizing on the basic fact that I just made it a point towards thoroughly studying the grammar book namely Edutree – Let us Learn English

along with reading newspapers and making sure that I grasp new words. Again I am emphasizing over the fact that I am extremely careful while using different words. Hope, you like my second post.

Do click on the below post to read my third one, where I am telling you about the secrets regarding how I improve my English skills by taking guidance from grammar book.

Also read : How to polish your English- Third post

How I polished my English skills and how you should too – First post