196. Ask a question, not make a question
Don’t say: Naomi made me several questions.
✓ Say: Naomi asked me several questions.
197. Take an hour, not need an hour, etc.
Don’t say: I’ll need an hour to do that.
✓ Say: It’ll take me an hour to do that.
198. Give a discount, not make a discount
Don’t say: He made me a small discount.
✓ Say: He gave me a small discount.
199. Take exercise, not make exercise
Don’t say: You ought to make more exercise.
✓ Say: You ought to take more exercise.
200. Give or deliver a lecture, not make a lecture
Don’t say: He made an interesting lecture.
✓ Say: He gave an interesting lecture.
Or He delivered an interesting lecture.
Note: We say “He made an interesting speech.”
201. Say one’s prayers, not make or do one’s prayer
Don’t say: I make my prayer before I go to bed.
✓ Say: I say my prayers before I go to bed.
Note: To say grate is to ask God’s blessing before beginning a meal.
202. Pretend, not make oneself that
Don’t say: She makes herself that she knows.
✓ Say: She pretends to know.
203. Have a dream, not see a dream
Don’t say: I saw a strange dream last night.
✓ Say: I had a strange dream last night.
Or: I dreamt a strange dream last night.
204. Smoke a cigarette, etc., not drink a cigarette, etc.
Don’t say: He drinks too many cigarettes.
✓ Say: He smokes too many cigarettes.
205. Make a mistake, not do a mistake
Don’t say: I did one mistake in dictation.
✓ Say: I made one mistake in dictation.
206. Tell or speak the truth, not say the truth
Don’t say: Fiona always says the truth.
✓ Say: Fiona always tells the truth.
Or: Fiona always speaks the truth.
Note: Also to tell a lie (not to say a lie) –> He told me a lie.
207. See or watch a game, not to follow a game
Don ‘t say: Did you follow the game?
✓ Say: Did you see (or watch) the game?
Note: Avoid saying to follow the lesson when you mean to attend the class
208. Turn (switch) the light on or off, not open or shut the light
Don’t say: Please open (or shut) the light.
✓ Say: Please turn on (or off) the light.
Or: Please switch on (or off) the light.
Note: We light, blow out or put out a lamp, a candle or a fire.
209 Give an example, not bring an example
Don’t say: Can you bring a better example?
✓ Say: Can you give a better example?
210. Give a mark, not put a mark
Don’t say: The teacher put me a good mark.
✓ Say: The teacher gave me a good mark.
Note: Avoid to put a lesson, to put a goal. Say instead: to give a lesson, to score a goal