#EngTrivia: Common grammar mistakes

Hi, fellas! Making a sentence in English sounds simple, but sometimes we misuse words because we hear others use them.

You may hear this often, but in this article, I’ll show you some of the most common grammar mistakes that you actually can avoid.

Let’s start!

  1. Homophones. Meaning: a homophone is a word that has the same sound as another word, but with a different spelling & meaning.
    • Example:
      • I can’t sea the error in this sentence.
  2. Dangling modifier.  Meaning: when the participle is not properly connected to the noun that it is modifying.
    • Example:
      • We ate the lunch that we had brought slowly.
      • It suggests that we brought a lunch slowly. To correct the meaning, move the adverb ‘slowly’ near ‘ate.’
  3. Historic/historical. Meaning: ‘historic’ means an important event; ‘historical’ means something that happened in the past.
  4. Affect/effect. Meaning: ‘affect’ is a verb; ‘effect’ is most often a noun.
    • Example:
      • Your ability to communicate will affect your social life.
      • They realize the effect of swimming.
  5. Commas. Meaning: a comma can change the entire meaning of a sentence. Use it wisely!
    • Example:
      • Let’s eat mother!
      • (You don’t really want to eat your own mother, right?)
  6. Misusing ‘literally.’ When you said, “I literally felt like falling to the bottom of the sea,” you didn’t really mean that, right?  You meant ‘metaphorically.’
  7. Using ‘irregardless.’ This word is always listed as ‘non-standard,’ because it’s meaningless.
  8. Using ‘that’ instead of ‘who.’ If you’re writing about people, always use ‘who.’
  9. Using ‘toward’ & ‘towards’ interchangeably. Both are correct, but the latter is British & the former is American. Which you choose depends on your audience.
  10. Fewer vs less. Use ‘fewer’ with things you can count and ‘less’ with quantities you can’t count.

Now… Do you have other common mistakes that people usually make?



Compiled and written by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4U on Friday, July 19, 2013

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