following example would also sound clumsy in English: There is the possibility
to find /of finding a solution. I have never seen the infinitive after
possibility and that's why I would mark it as a mistake. The main problem
with above construction is, however, that both the infinitive and the gerund
sound clumsy. English people would prefer: It may be possible to find
'to reach an
aim' is also pure German English, and I would mark it wrong. It should
be: 'to achieve an aim'.
He went to a shop
for buying food is wrong. Here the infinitive must be used. 'for
buying' suggests a reason (weil er Lebensmittel kaufen wollte). 'wollen'
is not expressed in that 'for buying'
'we live our
own life / lives'
'we made up our
mind / minds'
Above three examples
are possible, but it is more common to use the plural forms.
The same applies
to the so-called Saxon genitive and the of-genitive. If one of the two
nouns is a person I would prefer the Saxon genitive. But there are, of
course exceptions like 'a two months' holiday' (with a space of time).
As there is no convincing rule about the two genitives I would mark neither
of them wrong. It is a matter of clumsiness or not. -
The English teacher's
Spot the 10 mistakes:
This music- box is playing since four hours. Much longer than it seems
desirable. There must something happen to stop it; the public opinion will
not tolerate it! If only these people would be prepared to renounce their
pop music for five minutes! I have not come here four hours ago to
hear such music.! Therefore I go at once. -
The correct version:
This juke-box has been playing for four hours. Much longer
than seems desirable.Something must be done to stop
it; public opinion will not stand for (tolerate) it! If only these
people would be prepared to do/go without (give up) their pop music
for five minutes. I did not come here four hours ago to hear that
kind of music! So I'll go at once. -