Common Grammatical Mistakes and how to fix it?

Writing is a passion for many. Creativity can be easily flown to the words you write through the precise usage of phrases and your vocabulary.

However, creativity doesn’t always mean you will be grammatically correct. Even the best of authors or writers need to get their content proof-read just to ensure that they are grammatically accepted by the millions of Grammar Experts out there.

Well, as they say, everyone is a grammar expert until the real expert arrives.

Here are few common grammar mistakes that you should avoid.

  1. Didn’t Know and Didn’t Knew: One of the common mistakes ever made. Many people face a dilemma on the usage of Didn’t Know. To be honest, Didn’t Knew should never be used in your sentences as it breaks one of the fundamental rules of grammar, using the negative sentences with didn’t + the infinitive form of the verb (know). Although it is easy to understand, however, it becomes difficult to implement.

This is more of a habitual mistake and can be resolved through a cautious approach before using it in a sentence.

For Example:

Wrong: She didn’t knew about her role in the company

Right: She didn’t know about her role in the company

Wrong: He didn’t knew which direction he had to proceed

Right: He didn’t know which direction he had to proceed

  • The Comma and Full Stop:

For a reader, these punctuations add a lot of meaning in the entire structure and the story-telling experience. A comma is the most common punctuation used after Full Stop. It is mainly used for separating two sentences, on the other hand, a full stop is used to end the sentence and start a new one. 

A comma is used to justify a slight pause after the initial introduction of the story and it helps to avoid confusion for the readers.

A full stop is always used to complete the sentence and start a new one.

We can say as much as we’d like, however, comma & full stops are not as widely used as they should be. The most important reason is that, people think academically rather than from a writing perspective

Example: 

I want to buy a pencil, a sharpener, an eraser, and a notebook.

He is efficient, hardworking, and honest.

In Different Voices:

If it rains, we will cancel the trip.

We will cancel the trip if it rains.

  • Adverbs:

Def: – A word or phrase that modifies or qualifies an adjective, verb, or other adverb or a word group, expressing a relation of place, time, circumstance, manner, cause, degree, etc. 

You can also identify adverbs as they are the words that often end with -ly (verb modifiers), however, not all adverbs end with -ly. Many adjectives also follow the same rule.

This, however, is a common sight in many articles or statements.

In schools, we were taught about this simple way to identify an Adverb, however, overuse of adverbs can show the weakness in your grammar. Many people use adverbs to increase the length of the sentence and put emphasis on a certain verb.

Example: Peter ran really fast to reach his destination on time

The writer has put emphasis on the word ran and displayed it through really fast. On the other hand, the writer could have used the word “sprinted” to justify the speed of Peter.

Correct sentence:

Peter sprinted to reach his destination on time.

This keeps the sentence short and precise.

  • It’s and Its:

Even few of the Native English Speakers face issues using these in the right way.

“It’s” is a contraction for “it is” – the word is used to shorten the existing word and gives a different voice to the entire sentence.

Its, is the possessive pronoun that shows a relation to something. It is used widely for non-animated things like phones, tables etc.

There is a common method to know whether to use Its or It’s in a sentence.

Just expand it’s to It is and add it to the sentence.

For Example:

  • Look at that trolly, its carrying loads of things (Add “it is” and check the meaning of the sentence.)

Look at that trolly, it is carrying loads of things (it sounds the same, so now you can use the contracted it’s)

2nd Example:

  • The movie was good, and its music was amazing (Add “it is” and check the meaning of the sentence.)

The movie was good, and it is music was amazing (This does not sound right, so go about using its)

The above list only signifies the most commonly made mistakes in grammar. There are many rules in grammar which requires command over the English language and very high vocabulary.

However, there are some important tools which can easily fix the grammatical errors in the daily routine of content writing:

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