Common Verbal Mistakes In IELTS?

Did you know the way you write or speak plays an important role in how you are perceived?

If you would like to make a first impression countable, you need to present yourself using correct English.

Most of the candidates speak and write good English but they commit some common verbal mistakes. It is true that there are countless grammar rules but common among them are errors with respect to verb forms. These errors occur when you make use of a wrong tense or wrong form of the verb.

A verb will have three different forms.

V1 - Present

V2 - Past

V3 - Future

The verb tense plays a crucial role as it informs the readers or the listeners when the action is taking place. Is it in the past, present or the future?

Check out some common examples.




I walk to the store and talked to the seller.

I walked to the store and talked to the seller.

I will inform him when I will find him.

I will inform him when I find him.

There are tried to escape

They are trying to escape.

Did she came today?

Did she come today?

It is raining for three days.

It has been raining for three days.

I will eat pizza and ordered coffee.

I will eat pizza and order coffee.




It is true that English verb tenses are a bit tricky but it is easy to become expert at using correct tenses. 

Apart from these there are common Subject-Verb Agreement Errors that we find. Most of the candidates do not focus on using the correct verb forms.

The subject of the sentence has to agree in number with the verb.   

Suzan and Henry is married. (Incorrect)

Suzan and Henry are married. (Correct)

Suzan and Henry are plural. So, you will have to use the plural form that is “Are.”

Riyan like green salad. (Incorrect)

Riyan likes green salad. (Correct)

Riyan is a third person singular.  Therefore, the word “Like” should be used with “+s”

They teaches poor children.  (Incorrect)

They teach poor children. (Correct)

“They” is plural so, “es” should not be used to describe teaching.

How can you overcome these grammatical errors?

If you have good knowledge and understanding of various forms of verbs, their usage and other important grammar rules, it will be easy for you to overcome these errors.  It is always advisable that you should learn, re-learn English grammar rules before taking the test as most of the candidates do not manage to get a good score only because of poor usage of grammar.

  • When you speak, speak slowly and focus on what you are saying.
  • When you are writing, double check what you have written. Sometimes, errors creep into the content and we don't know. Therefore, proofreading is essential.

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