Grammar check!

Performing a grammar check is just so incredibly important.  Nobody will take your writing seriously if your grammar is all over the place, will they?

Don’t forget to check out the 8 Commonly Mistaken English Phrases and Expressions and 5 English Transcription Phrases and Expressions You’re Probably Transcribing Incorrectly.

Pay attention to these top 5 Grammar mistakes to do your very own grammar check or, if you’re not in the mood, check out our Proofreading services.

1) Commas In All The Wrong Places.

A comma is an important part of English grammar.  We use it for lists, pauses and clauses in sentences.  Make sure you’re using your comma correctly!

A comma should go at the end of a word, before a space.

In a list, unless you’re a big fan of the Oxford Comma, you should replace the last comma in a list with a connective word.

For example.

Item 1, item 2, item 3 and item 4.

See?  Let’s see no more of this, ‘Item 1, item 2, item 3, item 4.’  Or, ‘Item 1, item 2, item 3, and item 4.’

2) Apostrophes

Our second grammar check tip.

An apostrophe is one of the most incorrectly used pieces of punctuation in the English language.

A lot of people assume an apostrophe indicates a plural when an apostrophe should only be used for contractions and possessions.

For example.

John’s legs don’t work like they used to.

The first apostrophe indicates that the legs belong to John and the second apostrophe is a contraction of do not.

It would be incorrect to say, ‘John’s leg’s don’t work like they used to.’  We do not use an apostrophe to show a plural.

However, there are some exceptions to this rule.  The main exception comes in the form of, ‘it.’

We use, ‘it’s,’ to show a contraction of, ‘it is,’ and we use, ‘its,’ to show possession.

It’s its own worst enemy.

It is (contraction) its (possession) own worst enemy

How very confusing.

3) There/their/they’re

Oh, gosh, this is a tricky one for some people.

It’s almost as if the English language was designed to trick you.

When we use there, their and they’re we’re using three words that sound identical under certain accents or incredibly similar for the rest of the English language.

There is a location, like here.  If the word has, ‘here,’ in it, it’s talking about a location.

For example.

Did you fall into a well over there?

Then, we have their.  Their indicates possession.  If it belongs to somebody, it’s theirs.

For example.

I fell down their well again.

Finally, we have they’re.  They’re has an apostrophe which, as we learned before, indicates a contraction.  They’re means they are.

For example.

They’re all laughing because this is the third time I’ve fallen down that well!

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I don’t know how I keep getting past the guard.

That’s it for our grammar check number three.

4) Where/wear/we’re/were

We’re going to wear our best clothes for where we were going.

This one’s weird.

Where is location, like there.  Remember I said look for the, ‘here,’ in the word?

For example.

Where are the toilets?

Wear is for for something you put on, like clothing or accessories.

For example.

I’m going to wear my best shoes tonight.

We’re has that special apostrophe which indicates what?  Say it with me.  Contraction!  We’re is we are.

For example.

We’re going to have a great time.

Were is for past tense.

For example.

We were going to go out tonight but we decided not watch Netflix instead.

5) Affect/Effect

The final English language grammar check we’ll be doing is the difference between affect and effect.

Affect means to have an impact on something and effect refers to the impact itself.

I can affect the outcome of a race by tying their shoes together.

Tying their shoes together had a hilarious effect on the race.

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Ha!

Those are my top 5 English language Grammar Mistakes and how you can perform your very own grammar check!

Don’t forget, if you’re not up to checking your own grammar we offer an affordable proofreading service at Standish Typing Services.

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