“I’m agree with you.”

FrenchWhat do you mean?  You are agree with me?

Why wrong:  Sometimes languages have different forms to say the same thing.  French uses the idiom être d’accord whereas English simply has a verb:  to agree.OK Businessman

Correct it:  “I agree with you.”

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“That guy just burned a red light.”

2013-08-06Why wrong: Brûler un feu rouge is a Quebec French idiom.  The North American English equivalent is to run a red light.  To be taken seriously…North America

Correct it:  Say “That guy just ran a red light.”

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“Every week, my husband throws up the garbage.”

Paper HelpWhy does he eat it?

Translation: « Chaque semaine, mon mari vomit les poubelles. »

Why wrong: In English there are thousands of expressions called phrasal verbs that use a particle (i.e. a preposition or adverb) after a verb. Examples of particles are up, down, in, out, on and off. Using the wrong particle can change the meaning, often quite humorously. If you mean to put something in the garbage, say throw out not throw up (vomit).Someone Who Can Help

Correct it:Every week, my husband throws out the garbage.”

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“The surgeon operated my mother.”

Machine OperatorReally?  Is she a machine?

Translation: « Le chirurgien a fait fonctionner ma mère. »

Why wrong:  In English there are thousands of expressions called phrasal verbs that use a particle (i.e. a preposition or adverb) after a verb.  Examples of particles are up, down, in, out, on and off.  Omission of the particle can change the meaning, often quite humorously.  Someone can operate a machine, but surgeons operate on people.Potential

Correct it:  “The surgeon operated on my mother.”

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“Please throw your garbage Monday morning.”

Garbage CanGet out of the way!

Translation: « Veuillez lancer vos poubelles lundi matin. »

Why wrong: In English there are thousands of expressions called phrasal verbs that use a particle (i.e. a preposition or adverb) after a verb. Examples of particles are up, down, in, out, on and off. Omission of the particle can change the meaning, often quite humorously. If you mean to put something in the Excellentgarbage, say throw out.

Correct it:Please throw out your garbage Monday morning.”

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“I plugged my computer.”

PlumberReally?  Call a plumber!

Translation: « J’ai bouché mon ordinateur. »

Why wrong:  In English there are thousands of expressions called phrasal verbs that use a particle (i.e. a preposition or adverb) after a verb.  Examples of particles are up, down, in, out, on and off.  QualityometerOmission of the particle can change the meaning, often quite humorously.

Correct it:  “I plugged in my compter.”

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