Most of us have made these common grammar mistakes in both our verbal and written exchanges. It’s safe to say that most people, however, don’t even realize they are wrong! Here’s 10 of the most common mistakes and the ways you can correct them:
Subject- verb disagreement
The subject of a sentence must agree with the verb of the sentence in person and number.
Incorrect: “The business accounts is balanced.”
Correct: “The business accounts are balanced.”
If the subject is plural, the verb must also be plural.
Further vs. Farther
“Further” shows an estimated distance, but “Farther” shows a measurement.
Incorrect: “The house looked farther away than she expected.”
Correct: “The house looked further away than she expected.”
Who vs. That
This grammar rule may seem simple, but people often misuse the words in their conversations. “Who” should be used when you’re referring to a person; “That” should be used when you’re referring to an object.
Incorrect: “She is the person that stole my bike!”
Correct: “She is the person who stole my bike!”
Lay vs. Lie
You “lay” something down. People “lie” down. It’s that simple.
Incorrect: “I want to lie the book on the table.”
Correct: “I want to lay the book on the table.”
They’re vs. Their vs. There
“They’re” is a contraction.
“Their” is something owned by a group.
“There” refers to a place.
Incorrect: “We borrowed they’re ball.”
Correct: “We borrowed their ball.”
For example: “Our car is better, faster, stronger.” What do you think is missing? It hasn’t answered the question of what we are comparing! Your car is better, faster, stronger than what? Always make it clear so that the readers know what you’re comparing.
Affect vs. Effect
When you’re talking about the change itself, the noun, use “effect”. For example, “That book had a great effect on me.”
When you’re talking about the act of changing the verb, use “affect”. For example, “That book affected me greatly.”
To vs. Too
“To” is typically used before a noun or verb. While “Too” is another word for “also” or “as well”.
Incorrect: “I want too go to the mall to.
Correct: “I want to go to the mall too.
e. vs. E.g.
I.e. = “in other words.” You need to use this when you’re clarifying something you’ve said.
E.g. = “example given” or “for example”. This adds color and detail to a story through an example.
Less vs. Fewer
“Fewer” is for things that are quantifiable, like “fewer roadtrips.”
“Less” is for things that aren’t quantifiable, like “less traveling.”
If you can focus on fixing these little mistakes, your speech and written material will significantly improve. You’ll make a great impression with your CV, your friends, and that next date you go on. Our language and grammar are an integral part of our lives, meaning it affects every aspect because we use it in almost every situation. Therefore, these tips can help improve every aspect of your life!