(at the reception desk)
“Are you Mr Bianchi?” – “Exact!”
Problem: Incorrect use of exact.
Solution: Say something like Right!, That’s right!, Correct!, etc.
> Are you here for the Climate Conference? – Yes, that’s right.
Consideration: Exact means precise, accurate, correct in every detail.
> The Parthenon in Nashville is an exact copy of the original temple in Athens.
The exact time is twelve thirty-two p.m.
“I think yes.” / “I think no.”
Problem: Answering a yes/no question with think.
Solution: Use think + so or don’t think + so.
> Today’s the 20th, isn’t it? – Yes, I think so.
Do you think it’ll rain tomorrow? – No, I don’t think so.
(at the end of the working week)
“Thanks God it’s Friday!”
Problem: A very common expression, and a very common mistake.
Solution: Just say thank, not “thanks”.
> Do you know the expression TGIF? It stands for Thank God it’s Friday!
Consideration: In this case, thank is a verb (in the imperative).