Most common English Grammar mistakes
Today, I ‘m simply posting a handy infographic from Grammar.Net. In this infographic, they have enlisted 10 most common grammar mistakes that learners tend to make.
[Infographic provided by Grammar.net]
Now, let’s review these mistakes.
Always remember the difference between contraction and apostrophe. More often students confuse possessive forms with apostrophe. For example, they tend to use its instead of it’s.
2. Comma after introductory phrases:
Many phrases that are used as linkers follow a comma. Some of these linkers are:
– for example
– according to me
– to summarise
– to encapsulate
– firstly, secondly, thirdly, …., finally
You can see there are endless number of such introductory phrases. You’ll have to add comma after these phrases. Always notice this while reading.
These are the words pronounced similarly but have totally different meanings. There are many homophones and I’m planning to write a separate post for them. Just for the sake of clarity, take a look at these examples.
dear – the loved one
deer – an animal
band – a contrasting strip in colour
banned – forbidden, past tense of “ban”
I have already written a post about articles. Still, here I would like to point out that you should take care in countable and uncountable nouns. IELTS candidates often make mistakes in selecting definite and indefinite articles.
Advanced level students often use this structures to make their essay concise. Here, you should include comma on both sides of the extra information.
6. Again, this is a rule for comma. Remember that without certain information, your sentence will not have a specific meaning. In those cases, you don’t need comma. You can see the examples given.
7. This is something you’ll often find in novels where you expect to read long stretches of dialogues.
8. Countable and Uncountable nouns:
Words that go with countable nouns: some, many, few, number of
Words that got with uncountable nouns: little, much, amount of, a lot
Here, again dictionary comes in handy. You should not only learn the spellings of words, but also the precise meaning. Moreover, identify whether the word has a positive connotation or negative. Whether it can be used positively or negatively?
Simple example of this can be seen in the words “slim” and “skinny”. Although both have same meaning, the first one is a compliment whereas the second one is a negative comment.
Obviously, spelling do make a difference to your piece of writing. One minor spelling mistake can totally change the meaning of the whole sentence. So, always consider reviewing your essays or writing tasks.
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