English / Confusions in English Grammar8 Common Grammar Mistakes in English
These a due to misspell common words, confuse similarly spelled words / sometimes simply use the wrong form of words.
8 Commonest mistakes
1. Subject / verb agreement
It implies that the (subject, verb) of a sentence must be in agreement in number whether they are singular or plural.
I.e Subject = singular implies verb = singular.
Subject = plural implies verb = plural.
1. The person is playing with his ball.
2. The persons are playing with their balls.
2. Past and present tenses mixing
Try to be clear about the present and the past events while addressing about a thing.
3. Apostrophe errors
Apostrophe is used to combine a noun and a verb. It can be used with Not, is, will, have, are and to Show Possessiveness.
Cannot – Can’t
You are - you’re
I grammar people to misuse apostrophes to express plural tense.
Wrong: “The dog’s should eat dog food”
Correct: “The dogs should eat dog food”
4. Past tense verb has to be ended properly
Normally past tense verbs end with “ed”.
Stated, walked, picked etc.
5. Misuse of commas
Comma is used to separate any consecutively appearing noun, pronoun, adverb verbs in a sentence. Don’t use Comma in the place of periods if any chance try to use a semi-colon / split in place of it.
6. Form of Words Usage
While using the words be clear of their meaning.
7. Misplaced Modifiers
Modifier is a specific word in a phrase or sentence is to change or to alter something. They changes, clarifies, qualifies / limits a particular word in a sentence in order to add emphasis, explanation, or detail. So try to use a proper Modifier in the sentence
Correct: “At 10 years old, I gave my friend a gift”
Wrong: “When I was 10 years old, my friend gave me a gift”
It is used when
1. If it is the first letter in a sentence.
2. If it is a pronoun.
3. If I am using a name that someone gave to this thing / person.