6 IELTS lexical errors you probably make if you are Indian, or Bangladeshi!

When English is not your native language, you learn it, and you need to learn it because this is the need of the hour to survive and thrive in this world. But English today is constituted as one of the most important languages as it is also one of the most widely spoken language.

To order a dish in a decent restaurant or apply for a student visa abroad in Gujarat, you need to be proficient in the English language.

Here is a list of a few lexical errors that people tend to make in spoken English class in Gujarat and how you can work on them to make it right.


Phrase 1: indulge

In GRE coaching in Gujarat, usually, people interpret the word to indulge as to be involved in an activity thoroughly. But rightly, the word indulge means to allow yourself to enjoy the pleasure of doing something.


Wrong:
You can overcome a lot of health issues by indulging in physical activity.

Right: You can overcome a lot of health issues by being involved in physical activity.

Example sentence: If your diet is strict, you can allow yourself to indulge in a piece of chocolate cake once a week.


Phrase 2: literacy rate

The literacy rate is often thought of as the number of highly educated people, whereas in reality, the literacy rate is just the measure of the number of people who can read and write.

Wrong: These days, the literacy rate is higher in young people as compared to old.

Right: These days, young people more are more highly educated as compared to old.

Example sentence: Literacy rate should be high for people to be able to learn better.

Phrase 3: To groom

We have always used the phrase to indicate “bringing up” a child or nurturing him and so on. The reality is shocking- it means to get friendly with a child to get into a sexual relationship with him.

Wrong: The boy has been so well-groomed by his parents!

Right: The boy has been so well brought up by his parents!

Example sentence: Children should be taught to watch out for people who try to groom them.

Phrase 4: The Masses

The “masses” is used by many to refer to a crowd of the public in general. However, if we look at the meaning of the masses, it refers to the lower “not-so-well-to-do” sections of society. So, we could classify the society as the rich nobles or the “cream” and the masses.

Wrong: This book is so varied that it appeals to the masses.

Right: This book is so varied that it appeals to the general public.

Example sentence: A true leader looks beyond the high class and reads the problems of the masses.

Phrase 5: To Shift House

Okay, understand this- you cannot shift the “house”. You can shift into or out of a house, but the house, as in the building, remains where it is. So, we need to stop using the phrase we are moving in/out.

Wrong: I am very busy this weekend as I have to shift my house.

Right: I am very busy this weekend as I have to shift into another house.

Example sentence: Can you please help me shift if you are free? (Do not use “shift house”)

Phrase 6: Young Ones

At TOEFL coaching in Gujarat, we often come across people referring to children as young ones, and it has been used widely! But in truth, there is hardly any synonym that you can appropriately use for children, and young ones is not one of them.

Wrong: The young ones were going to school.

Right: The children/ pupils were going to school.

Wrong: The parents take care of their young ones.

Right: The parents take care of their children/ offspring.

So, these are a few lexical errors that you can work on if you are looking for the best courses to study abroad! Correct yourself and correct others so that they may not make the same mistake as you! For more such knowledge, you can enrol yourself in IELTS classes in Surat.

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