Common Mistakes


I hear these mistakes all the time: 

– I dress accurately! 

– I am an accurate person 

But our “accurate” doesn’t really correspond to the Russian “аккуратный.” 

Our “accurate” means that you are or that something is precise, not careful or orderly. 

– An accurate machine 

– An accurate description 

– The figures concerning the low levels of British education are accurate. 

– Her novel is an accurate reflection of life spent with sheep in Wales. 

– We hope to become more accurate in predicting the emotions of sheep. 

So we would say: 

– I dress properly, neatly etc 

– I am an attentive person / I pay attention to detail etc 

We CAN say: I am quite accurate when taking measurements (accurate when DOING smth)

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