15 Grammatical Errors That Drive People Absolutely Nuts
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.
Grammatical Errors That Drive People Absolutely Nuts
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.
THEIR VS. THEY'RE VS. THERE
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.
MISUSE OF APOSTROPHES
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.
APART VS. A PART
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.
WOULD OF, COULD OF, SHOULD OF
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.
Find out more about the many rules and structures to a language that could be clearer!
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