9 Common English Mistakes Ghanaians Make And How To Avoid Them

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By: Ofori-Mensah | 1 year(s) ago

“In every land, on every hand, it’s thoroughly agreed. The English language to explain is very hard indeed.” – Harry Hemsley

Forget the Ashanti’s with their ‘R’ and ‘L’ wahala. We all know the English language is sometimes tricky if care is not taken. Lots of words sound the same but have totally different meanings. Others are spelt in similar pattern but are pronounced very differently.

Take for example: P-U-T ‘put’, and B-U-T ‘but’.

Here are 9 words we constantly see being mixed up in Ghana. If you have others, feel free to join the conversation in the comments section below.


1. Lose : The opposite of find  || Loose : Not tight

If you use a single ‘o’ in ‘LOOSE, you are a loser!
Common English Mistakes Ghanaians Make

 

2. Their: Signifies possession or belonging || They’re: A contraction for ‘they are’ || There: Signifies a location

There is their cow. Now that they’ve found it, they’re going to milk it!

Common English Mistakes Ghanaians Make

 

3. Your: Signifies possession || You’re: A contraction for ‘you are’

Your spellings are so atrocious that you’re giving me plenti wahala!
Common English Mistakes Ghanaians Make

 

4. Its: Signifies possession || It’s: A contraction for ‘it is’

It’s painful how you overlook this oh-so-tiny word in its entirety.

Common English Mistakes Ghanaians Make

 

5. Definitely: For sure || Definately: No such word exists

Would you spell ‘infinite‘ as ‘infinate‘? Same ‘adekroment’!
Common English Mistakes Ghanaians Make

 

6. Weather: What you describe when you look out the window || Whether: Similar in meaning to ‘if’

Whether you will understand the difference between ‘whether’ and ‘weather‘ is giving me a headache.
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7. Then: Signifies time || Than: Signifies comparison

I bought some meat pie and fan milk at the market. Then I realized that meat pie is so much better with fan milk than malt.
Common English Mistakes Ghanaians Make

 

8. Advice: A noun || Advise: A verb

I am adivising you to take my advice and stop using these words interchangeably.
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9. Effect: A noun || Affect: A verb

If you put these simple tricks into effect, it will hopefully positively affect your spellings chale!
Common English Mistakes Ghanaians Make


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