When we heard about the accident, we were all surprised and didn't know what to say.*
When we heard about the accident, we were all shocked and didn't know what to say.
When someone is surprised and upset because something unpleasant has happened, they are shocked: ‘When reports came in that the child’s body had been found, everyone was deeply shocked.’
During your visit you’ll be able to taste some of the local Catalan specialties.*
During your visit you’ll be able to try some of the local Catalan specialties.
When you taste something, you put a little into your mouth to see what it is like: ‘The chef stirred the soup, tasted it, and then added a little salt. When you have something to eat or drink for the first time, you try it. ‘I think I'll try the onion soup. What’s it like?’
The food was excellent and very tasteful.*
The food was excellent and very tasty.
tasteful = chosen or produced by someone who is able to judge which kinds of art, music, furniture, etc., are attractive: ‘The design of the room was very tasteful - pale colors, matching fabrics, and soft corner lighting.’ tasty = (of food) having a pleasant taste : These sausages are really tasty - where did you buy them?’
John said that he was trying to get to London. 'That's where I'm going,' told the man.*
John said that he was trying to get to London. 'That's where I'm going,' said the man.
Say is used with both direct and indirect speech: '''I'm not going,'" he said,' 'He said he wasn't going,' Tell is used only with, indirect speech: .. 'He told me he wasn't going.'
They are prepared to kill in order to defend their thoughts.*
They are prepared to kill in order to defend their beliefs.
belief = a strong feeling that something is true or untrue, good or bad etc.: ‘In the old days people were persecuted for their religious beliefs.' ‘The poet's belief in life after death is not evident in these early poems.’
6. time table/schedule
The manager's timetable next week is very busy .*
The manager's schedule next week is very busy.
timetable = a list or plan showing the times when lessons take place or the times when buses, trains etc. arrive and leave: According to my timetable, history is on Mondays and Thursdays.’ schedule = a detailed plan of all the things that have to be done during a certain period: 'It’s important that we all try and keep to the schedule.’ The project is running 6 months behind schedule.’
The newspaper titles were all about the earthquake .*
The newspaper headlines were all about the earthquake.
title = the name of a book, play, painting, piece of music etc.: 'I can remember the title of the book but not the author.' headline = the heading above a report in a newspaper, especially at the op of the front page: 'Have you seen today's headlines? There's been another car bomb in London.'
I thought it was just a usual parcel but then it began to move across the table.*
I thought it was just an ordinary parcel but then it began to move across the table.
usual = that is usually used, seen, done etc.: 'She was sitting in her usual chair by the fire.' 'We arranged to meet at the usual time.' 'He was speaking in his usual calm tone.' ordinary = without any special features or qualities: 'It was just an ordinary house in an ordinary street.' 'From the moment I met her, I knew she was no ordinary kind of girl.'
I'm waiting a letter from my boyfriend.*
I’m expecting a letter from my boyfriend.
wait = stay somewhere until someone or something comes: ‘I’ll wait here until you get back.’ ‘It’s quicker to walk than wait for a bus.’ expect = believe that someone or something is going to come: ‘The train is expected to arrive in the next five minutes.’ ‘I can't leave the house -I’m expecting visitors.'
I wish you have a wonderful holiday .*
I hope you have a wonderful holiday.
Use wish that (+ past/past perfect tense) for things that cannot happen or will probably not happen: 'I wish I hadn't told them my address.' 'I wish you could stay here longer.' (= this will probably not happen) Use hope that (+ present/present perfect tense) for things that may easily happen or may easily have happened: 'I hope you've had a successful trip.' 'We hope you all have a very merry Christmas.' When wish is used for this meaning, the object is a noun phrase (NOT a that clause): 'I wish you a safe journey.' 'We'd like to wish you all a very merry Christmas.'
The belief that Spanish is easy to learn is wrong.*
The belief that Spanish is easy to learn is mistaken.
To describe a belief or idea that is wrong although people do not know it is wrong, use mistaken: 'Some people have the mistaken idea that cats need to drink milk.' 'I'm afraid you must be mistaken.'
Turton and Heaton. 1996. Longman Dictionary of Common Errors. England: Pearson Education Limited.