Understanding Common Grammar Mistakes

When it comes to grammar, we all make mistakes. Sometimes these mistakes are easily avoided, and other times our grammar mistakes are more complicated. Common grammar mistakes include improper punctuation, spelling mistakes and of course mixing up words that are similar. There are many similar words that are utilized incorrectly. By understanding the differences of these words, you can prevent some of the most common errors in grammar. Let’s take a look at some of the most common grammar issues know for plaguing writers, students and people in general.

They’re, There and Their

One of the most common mistakes in grammar is mixing up the trio of ‘they’re, there and their’. You can avoid the mix up of these words by using a website like this one to double check the definition of the word. Let’s take a look at the different usage of these words.

  • They’re: The word ‘they’re’ is used to refer to a noun. The word ‘they’re’ is a contraction of ‘they are’. Let’s look at an example of how to correctly use the word ‘they’re’. “They’re going to be here in about an hour.” In this sentence we see that the word ‘they’re’ is referring to a group of people.
  • There: The word ‘there’ is an adverb use to describe either a place, a point of action or something in particular. An example of the correct usage of ‘there’ is: “He said he would meet us there in an hour.” In this sentence we see that the word ‘there’ is referring to a physical location.
  • Their: The word ‘their’ is a pronoun. This pronoun is used to show possession. Let’s take a look at the correct usage of ‘their’ in a sentence. “Their clock is an hour slow.” In this sentence we see that ‘their’ is referring to someone’s property.

There are many words in the English language that are commonly mixed-up. Take a look at this list of the most common word mistakes. Words including effect vs affect, mute vs moot and horde vs hoard can be difficult to place without understanding the definition of each one.

How Can I Be Sure I Use The Correct Word?

To ensure that you use the correct word in a sentence, you can utilize a dictionary. You can practice using each word that you find difficult in a sentence. By practicing the usage of each word, you build up muscle memory. Eventually, you will remember how to correctly place each word, without much thought. You can also use the flash card technique. Write each word on one side of a flash card. Place a sentence with the word on the back side of the card. Go over the flash cards daily until you can use the word flawlessly.

We all make mistakes with grammar. It is important that you do not feel overwhelmed by the endless number of words and definitions in any language. Everything can be taught, and grammar must be learned. Remember, practice makes perfect.