10 Common Grammatical Mistakes That You Might Not Even be Aware of Making!

Meritnation|Sep 28th, 2015 04:42pm

grammar mistakesGrammar often trips us and we all make mistakes sometime or the other, children and adults alike. But how often do we know that we are making a mistake? There are a few common grammatical mistakes that we usually tend to make and think they are correct. We are not even aware that they are incorrect. Let’s nip it in the bud, once and for all! 🙂

 

1. Your and You’re

The Golden Rule >

“Your” indicates belonging, something belonging to you.

“You’re” is the short form for ‘you are’.

 

Wrong – Your so pretty and charming.

Right – You’re so pretty and charming.

 

Wrong – Can I have one of you’re doughnuts?

Right – Can I have one of your doughnuts?

 

2. Its and It’s

The Golden Rule > “It’s” is only ever used as short for “it is”.

“Its” indicates something belonging to something that is not masculine or feminine (like “his” or “hers” but used when you’re not talking about a person)

 

Wrong – Its raining heavily.

Right – It’s raining heavily.

 

Wrong – The dog is looking for it’s bowl.

Right – The dog is looking for its bowl.

 

3. There, Their and They’re

The Golden Rule – “There” is used for a place that is not here – “over there”.

“There” is also used to state something. – “There are no cupcakes left.”

“Their” indicates possession – something belonging to them.

“They’re” is used as short for “they are”.

 

Wrong – Their coming over here soon.

Right – They’re coming over here soon.

 

Wrong – There house is so big.

Right – Their house is so big.

 

Wrong – They’re are no Ruskin Bond books to lend.

Right – There are no Ruskin Bond books to lend.

 

Wrong – Tommy must be here and their.

Right – Tommy must be here and there.

 

4. To, Two and Too

The Golden Rule – “To” is used in the infinitive form of a verb – “to dance”.

“To” is also used to mean “towards”.

“Two” refers to the number “2”.

“Too” means “as well” or “also”.

 

Wrong – Srishti two likes to sing.

Right – Srishti too likes to sing.

 

Wrong – He bought to pairs of shoes.

Right – He bought two pairs of shoes.

 

Wrong – Naina went too the market.

Right – Naina went to the market.

 

Wrong – Richa likes two paint.

Right – Richa likes to paint.

 

5. Then and Than

The Golden Rule – “Then” is used to indicate action in time, as in step-by-step instructions.

“Than” is used in comparisons.

 

Wrong – She woke up early and than went for a jog.

Right – She woke up early and then went for a jog.

 

Wrong – Krittika is shorter then Shweta.

Right – Krittika is shorter than Shweta.

 

6. I, Me and Myself

The Golden Rule – While referring to yourself and someone else, put their name first in the sentence.

You can only use “myself” if you have already used “I”, making you the subject of the sentence.

 

Wrong – Me and Rahul went to eat ice-cream.

Right – Rahul and I went to eat ice-cream.

 

Wrong – Anna met with I and Raj.

Right – Anna met with Raj and me.

 

Wrong – Ayesha and myself will be going for Nidan’s birthday bash.

Right – Ayesha and I will be going for Nidan’s birthday bash.

 

7. Who and Whom

The Golden Rule – “Who” refers to the subject of a sentence, while “whom” refers to the object.

“Who” is a pronoun used along with “he”, “she”, “it”, “we” and “they”.
“Whom” is a pronoun used along with “him”, “her”, “it”, “us” and “them”.

“That” is often used incorrectly in place of “who” or “whom”. When referring to a person, you should not use the word “that”.

 

Wrong – Who shall I invite for my birthday party?

Right – Whom shall I invite for my birthday party?

 

Wrong – Whom is responsible for this mess in my room?

Right – Who is responsible for this mess in my room?

 

Wrong – Reva was the only one that went for the competition.

Right – Reva was the only one who went for the competition.

 

8. Fewer and Less

The Golden Rule – “Fewer” refers to items that can be counted.

“Less” refers to a commodity which cannot be counted individually.

 

Wrong – There are less chocolates.

Right – There are fewer chocolates.

 

Wrong – There is fewer water in the jar.

Right – There is less water in the jar.

 

9. Loose and Lose

The Golden Rule – “Loose” means not tight or something that is not closely constrained or tied together.

“Lose” means fail to keep or maintain or to misplace.

 

Wrong – I cannot loose my glasses again.

Right – I cannot lose my glasses again.

 

Wrong – We should wear lose fitted clothes during summer season.

Right – We should wear loose fitted clothes during summer season.

 

10. Affect and Effect

The Golden Rule – “Affect” means to influence or to have an impact on something.

“Effect” refers to the result of being affected by something.

 

Wrong – Music has a good effect on me.

Right – Music has a good affect on me.

 

Wrong – The affect of the medicine was quick.

Right – The effect of the medicine was quick.

 

Important Resources

> 5 Common Exam Mistakes Students Make

 

> How to draw good diagrams and score better

 

> The New Age Student’s Guide To Improving Vocabulary

 

> 7 Quick Tips to Improve Your Spelling Skills

 

> Want to Remember EVERYTHING that you Study? Know How the Brain Works!

 

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  • 1. Moses  |  October 22nd, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Really very helpful tips…Thanx MeritN.

  • 2. Babulal Seth  |  October 2nd, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    these tips are really very useful.

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