The top 10 most popular pages in TEE 2021
I find it incredible to believe that the Typical Errors in English website has been up and running for over six years, being based on the book of the same name. The book itself is due for some significant additions and updates, but as to what form this will be is uncertain; it is perhaps unlikely it will appear as a hard copy version again, so the chances are it will reappear as a downloadable book. But that's still some time in the future.
The site itself has taken some time to build, and also a similar amount of time for it to be established on the net, but now in its several hundred pages it regularly generates over a thousand hits every month. That doesn't sound much, but when you consider the competition, it's not bad going at all.
Because now we have sufficient data to do so courtesy of Google and Wix, I can now reveal what are the most popular pages that have been accessed by browsers, both regular and casual. And they make interesting reading.
The data has been taken from the period at the beginning of the year to the 13th December 2021.
Sessions by country
1 United Kingdom
2 United States
Although the site's main targets are Polish, the country itself is only in third place as regards the source of users. Perhaps the UK being number one shouldn't be too surprising; after all, depite BREXIT, there are still a large number of Poles living there and are perhaps keen to improve their English (along with other Europeans). On the other hand, it could be interested natives when we look at the top 10 most popular pages. Perhaps the surprises here are Indonesia and Vietnam, but perhaps there may also be because of a handful of people there regularly accessing the site.
And now the top ten pages most visited:
Expressing numbers in English: Part 2 - We continue our look at the various ways we express numbers in the English language.
There are two other parts to this - parts 1 & 3 of course - but part 2 seems to be the most popular of all. Our readers are obviously very interested as to how we express numbers - this section focuses on weights and measures, money and telephone numbers. So maybe there is a lack of material that focusses on this topic? Indeed, one of my pland is to produce a book that focusses on expresssing numbers and make it available as a download on this site. Indeed, my book version is going to include a lot more information than is featured here on the website, so keep a lookout for that, perhaps around the summertime.
Target/aim/goal: This is used in the meaning ‘the result that you intend to get when doing or planning something’.
Lost in the 'What's the Difference' section of the site, this one is a bit of a surprise for me because, when compared to last year, it wasn't accessed much, so it seems that these words do cause some confusion. But why this year?
ASK DOCTOR DOROTHY PASTENSE FULLSTOP: Answer me this once and for all. Is the letter 'Y' a vowel or a consonant?
I know that our letter Y is a problem as it is used as both, but it is considered more of a consonant becuase the consonant sound it makes is unique and is not made by any other letter considered a consonant. So not too surprised at this one.
The Past Participle Crossword Puzzler! So how much do you know your past participles, or your 'third form' of the verb?
This one has been consistant in the fact that this has been just as popular this year as has been last year. Students often have past participles of irregular verbs drummed into them - particularly at primary school. This can be boring, so why not turn it into a fun crossword puzzle? I originally thought of doing a word search version, but that would have been too boring.
But fancy something bigger as regards past participles as a crossword? Try this.
Ah, conditionals, conditionals, conditionals, or those sentences and questions that include if, along with when, as soon as, whether, etc. Plus mixed conditionals.
This page focusses on the zero and first conditionals, but goes even further by discussing zero + infinitive, rhetorical conditionals, and even the present perfect used in the first conditional. It also looks at 'unless' and the difference between 'if' and 'when'. So no real surprises on that one.
The entry point to the whole website. This makes it clear that all the other pages before this one are a result of specific searches on web browsers rather looking for the site itself. But it's nice that quite a few of you wanted to look for my page. It once held the top spot in Google search if you typed 'typical errors in english' but today it has slipped to third behind sites that are not called Typical Errors in English...
It's not something we think about regularly, but students often have problems when it comes to expressing numbers in the English language.
The problem is using them not only in counting, but also saying and even writing them in different contexts. The first part which includes being able to express normal numbers, big numbers, and numbers less than one (fractions) - including decimals!
In the first of a three-part article on British comics – along with an interview with one of the world’s biggest British comic collectors, I am now going to attempt to explain – to our foreign readers – what British comics are, or as they’re known as today, comic papers, and their effects on me, on other individuals, and on the comics of today.
This is the one part that has received publicity elsewhere (Thanks https://downthetubes.net/webfind-typical-errors-in-english-offers-a-guide-to-british-comics/), particularly towards UK comic fans. It contains a potted history of British comics, particularly focussing on the period between the second world war and today. It also includes an interview with perhaps the leading collector of UK humour comics.
Can you work out which of the following sentences have the incorrect order of adjectives?
This is the section where we don't try to explain how, when we use more than one adjective to describe something, but it's a series of twenty questions where the adjectives are all mixed up and you have to decide their correct order.
Blogspot: In search of the funniest joke in the world.
The most popular text article on the site where I discuss trying to find and then decide what is the funniest joke in the world, and I do have an answer to this! It also includes a vocabulary list and a set of comprehension questions, so it's good if you want to practise your reading and vocabulary comprehension.
And there you go! Incidentally, when I limit the list to the last 30 days, there's very littel change except my puzzle on Polish false friends is currently the sixth most popular page accessed, with the funniest joke in the world losing its top ten spot.