15 Grammatical Errors That Drive People Absolutely Nuts

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Languages are challenging to learn, especially English. There are many rules and structures to a language that could be clearer. That said, many common grammatical errors are just baffling. You may want to check a dictionary or grammar guide if you fall into one of these traps. 

1. Their vs. They’re vs. There

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As a reminder, homophones are words pronounced the same but can have different meanings and spelling. Their, they’re, and there are often mixed-up in writing—a lot. 

2. Misuse of Apostrophes

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An apostrophe marks contractions, possessives, and plurals–most frustratingly misused with plurals. There is no need to add that apostrophe when talking about Cindy’s five “cat’s.” Cindy’s five “cats” works fine. 

3. Apart vs. A part

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This error changes the meaning quite drastically. “Apart” indicates a separation of things, whereas “a part” means one thing is a fraction of a larger unit.

4. Would of, Could of, Should of

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This mistake may be due to an auditory error. “Would of” sounds a lot like “would’ve” (the contraction of “would have”). And, as you probably guessed, “would have” is the correct phrase. 

5. Oxford Comma

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Grammar enthusiasts argue about using the Oxford Comma–the final comma in a series or list of things. But make no mistake, pro-Oxford Comma fans will always spot a writer who doesn’t use it. 

6. “Pacifically”

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The correct word you’re (probably) looking for is “specifically.” It’s okay, we get it. Those words sound the same. Sort of. 

7. You’re vs. Your

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Sure, sure. Autocorrect sent the wrong you’re/your in your text to your friend. But, did it really? 

8. “I could care less.”

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So, you could, in fact, care less. If you’re trying to state that you no longer have the ability to care at all, the correct phrase is “I couldn’t care less.” See the difference? 

9. A lot vs. A lot vs. Allot

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“Alot” is a common misspelling of “a lot,” which means a large quantity of something. “Allot,” on the other hand, is to give, share, or assign a portion of something. 

10. “I seen.”

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Depending on where you are in the country, “I seen” may be a common phrase in your local dialect. Unfortunately, it’s grammatically incorrect. The correct phrase is “I’ve seen” or “I have seen.” 

11. Quotation Marks

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In case you forgot, quotation marks are used to–you guessed it–identify quotes. Also, don’t confuse an apostrophe (‘) for a quotation mark (“).

12. Than vs. Then

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Again, homophones are tricky, but each word has its own meaning. Remember to use “than” when comparing things and use “then” to indicate a specific time that something will happen. 

13. Double Negatives

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This one grinds the gears of grammar nerds. “I don’t know nothing about it” will have you sent back to 7th-grade English class. 

14. “Irregardless”

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Grammar purists will battle over “irregardless” not being a word, an accurate word. The correct way you can say this instead is “regardless.” Now, that is the right word. 

15. Less vs. Fewer

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This mix-up is a bit confusing. If you’re ever stuck on which one to use, remember this: “less” is used when a number is measured, and “fewer” is used when a number can be counted. 

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Who wouldn’t want to capture the trees changing color, the crunch of dry leaves underfoot, and a pumpkin-spiced latte in hand? 

“Leaf peeping” is an informal term to describe the activity of visiting areas to see the fall foliage, and these 15 states in the U.S. are perfect for this kind of activity. 

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One of the most enchanting natural phenomena in the Northern Hemisphere is the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis. On the proper night, with perfect weather conditions and peak solar activity, you can see the stunning lights that paint the night sky. Here are some of the best places to view the Northern Lights. 

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If you’re looking for some inspiration for your next outdoor adventure, you’ll love this list of over 30 beautiful fall destinations with places to hike throughout the US. From mountain trails in national and state parks to coastal paths and even jungles, there’s something for everyone to spark some fall-time wanderlust!

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