5 Common Grammar Mistakes that Make You Look Dumb
Have you ever been reading something that is supposedly professional and come across a blatant error? It’s aggravating to think that these mistakes slip by in published work, but it is downright embarrassing when it is your own writing that has the errors. Here are five common grammar mistakes that make you look dumb and could contribute to losing readership and traffic.
1. You’re and Your
This is one of those errors that will make you facepalm yourself until you have a concussion. It is so easy to fix, but it continues to pop up all over the place. It’s almost as if people do not stop to think about their writing. And they definitely do not proofread. Bottom line is that “you’re” is a contraction for “you are” whereas “your” shows possession.
2. They’re and Their and There
Though these words sound the same when spoken aloud, they have vastly different meanings. Despite this, many people get them confused and use one in place of another. This has a very negative impact on your writing, so make sure that you use these words correctly. “They’re” is a contraction meaning “they are,” “their” shows possession between multiple people, and “there” refers to a place.
3. It’s and its
This is another common error involving words that sound the same but have very different meanings when used in a sentence. “It’s” means “it is” and “its” shows possession. Mistaking one for the other throws your readers off and gives them cause to doubt the legitimacy of your writing.
This word does not exist in the English language. In fact, it doesn’t exist in any language. It should in fact be two words: “a lot.” For some reason, people like to combine these two words and create something that makes no sense. Don’t make this mistake in your writing.
5. Than and Then
These words are almost spelled the same, and this throws many people off. Anyone who reads carefully, however, will instantly know that one is correct whereas the other is wrong. “Then” is used in time related situations whereas “than” is used in comparison related situations. Interchanging them does not make sense.
Each of these errors can be easily fixed by simply taking a little extra time to think carefully about what you are writing and proofread. Despite this, these errors continuously pop up. Making a mistake here and there happens to everyone, but if you want to be a successful writer, then you need to put the effort into making sure your writing is free of these five common grammar mistakes that make you look dumb.