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You’ve come to the right place! IELI teacher Matt has put together the Top 10 most common errors made in English and how to avoid them! Number 1 is most vs most of – what is the difference, and how to use them correctly. Check out the examples below and test yourself!

Can you find the mistake?

This is one of the most common mistakes in written and spoken English. Can you find it?

Most of children do not like spicy food.

The correct version is …

Most of children do not like spicy food.

What is the difference between ‘most’ and ‘most’ of?

It depends on whether you are talking ‘in general’ or about ‘specific’ people.

Use most if you are talking about a general group.

Most children do not like spicy food.

Use most of if you are talking about a specific group, and add a determiner like the…

Most of the children do not like spicy food.

More examples

Here are some more examples of how to use ‘most of’ correctly

Sometimes, the determiner and descriptive/restrictive phrase are replaced with another determiner like my or them. For example…

Most of my friends like video games.

I have a collection of old records. Most of them are soul or funk.

Use the same pattern with other determiners like:

General: Some All No
Specific: Some of All of None of

 

Remember!

Use most if you are talking about a general group.

Use most of if you are talking about a specific group, and add a determiner like the, my or them.

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