give in English – Common Errors

How to use give correctly

Sometimes the word ›give‹ is not used correctly. We've listed some phrases which are wrong and some which are correct. Always use a good dictionary if you're not sure.

Correct phrase Common error
There's a church in this town. It gives a church in this town.
Forget it. No way. That can't be true. That gives it not.
Whose deal is it? Who gives now?
What's the matter? What gives it?
It'll all work out. That gives it.

Here are some correct phrases:

  • What are you giving your brother for his birthday?
  • Don't give up.
  • He gives Russian lessons at school.
  • I'll give you £50 for the painting.
  • Do you give up?