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Common Grammar Misconceptions

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Ever stopped to recollect the grammatical precision of the words you have just spoken to your boss? May be he/she was not keen enough to pick up that faulty usage.. But when you write mails, business reports or blogs, your identity as a user or a good English should be driven into the mind of the reader. Otherwise your boss/colleague may pass you off as an average individual; even your friends, relatives or spouse may wait to point a finger where you have gone wrong.

Here are some clues to the common mistakes committed in the English grammar:

Its or It’s

Know the difference between the contraction It’s and the possessive pronoun Its. Many people tend to make this common error.  While talking about a book, we say, its wrapper is quite attractive. And when the weather is cloudy, we say, It’s going to rain today. 

Your or You’re

Again the same mistake as before is committed in this usage also. It is right to say, you are on time and not you’re on time. But you say it right, when you declare that you’re going to be the class topper this time.

Effect or affect

Affect denotes a verb whereas effect is the aftermath of some action. It is correct to say that the nuclear mishap affected millions of people. Same message can be put as, nuclear mishap had disastrous effect on millions of people.

Different than or different from

This is a most common error we come across or we tend to make. His family background is different than mine may sound passable at first. But then say it loud once again and you will find something odd about it. Yes, it should be his family background is different from mine.

Since or far

These propositions are often mismatched. We hear people saying, she was not around since past four or five years. Sounds odd, isn’t it? It should be, she was not around for past four or five years. That sentence makes sense.

In the whole or through out

It seems like we are trudging along a hillside, when somebody wrongly says, in the whole of the story. Instead he could have simply put it as, throughout the story. So take the right path to grammar as it makes both speaking and listening a smoother process.

Of or by

A very simple usage, but which can spell dud on a writing or a chat. While discussing on the works of  a poet, should not be saying that , in the play, ‘Othello’ of Shakespeare. On the other hand it should be ‘Othello’ by Shakespeare.

Who’s or Whose

Who’s is a contraction of who is, whereas whose is an interrogative form of usage. For example, we can ask, whose shirt is this?. But we are wrong when we say, the man who’s son is missing for the past two years has again approached the police. The teacher rightly asks, who’s is the class leader?


Anyways, if you're trying to sound intelligent, or if English is not your first language, heed these tips!




Oct 20, 2012 3:31pm
Helpful resource to keep checking back at when writing an article.
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