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Writing Mistakes in English made by Indonesian People

1.    Say and Tell
These verbs have the same meaning; however the grammar is absolutely different. ‘Tell’ is used if there is an indirect object
(if we mention the person to whom the words are spoken).
e.g. I told a story last night.
The rule is: subject + tell + indirect object + (that) + subject + verb….
‘Say’ is used if there is no indirect object.
E.g.  He says that he is busy today.
The rule is: subject + say + (that) + subject + verb…
2.    Do and make
Sometime we say or write incorrect sentence like “mum, could I go out now? I have made my homework.”
3.    Antecedent of pronouns
•    Henry was denied admission to graduate school because they did not believe that he could handle the work load.
The correct sentence probably should be like this:
•    The members of the admissions committee denied Henry admission to graduate school because they do not believe that he could handle the work load.

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