Mistakes are common in English language. Making mistakes is not a preserve of the novice alone. Even experts in the language find themselves in the middle of some very damning mistakes. Never mind if you make a mistake therefore. You are not the first one neither are you the last one. Mistakes have been made and they will be made eternally. The only thing is to be cautious so as not to make silly mistakes that can be avoided even by a student of the lowest level. Some common rules to observe in order to avoid some of the silly mistakes are discussed here:
Observe the way you write and how you speak
Improper speeches in grammar are common. However, writing in an improper manner often leads to a red flag. You will realize that grammar is terrible if you attempt the simple work of writing an essay. If you are a student and you are required an essay by your professor, make sure that you read through you essay so as to get the errors that you have made. If you are able to highlight some of the errors without the help of a colleague or a lecturer, then you can be sure that you are almost there.
Make sure you understand the difference in the usage of the following words
- ‘Me’ versus ‘I’ – As you try to understand which word to use, seek to understand which word is the subject. For instance, ‘I’ is the subject in the next sentence: Willy and I are going for a movie later today. You can see that even if you remove ‘Willy’ and substitute ‘are’ with ‘am’, the sentence will still be complete. It would read, “I am going for a movie later today.”
In the following sentence, ‘me’ is the subject – “Would you love to go out with Mick and me?” Remove ‘Mick and’ and then re-read the sentence. You will see that it makes sense and it is a complete sentence.
- You’re versus your – ‘You’re’ is used to show a contraction of ‘you are’ while ‘your’ is used to indicate possession.
- Than versus then – When ‘then’ is used in a sentence, it indicates direction while usage of the word ‘than’ is indication of comparison between two or more things.
- Be free to use plurals and have fun with them
You should not forget the old adage: A word that ends with a ‘y’ is pluralized by dropping the ‘y’ and adding ‘ies.’ However, if a vowel is the end of a word, we simply add the letter‘s’ to indicate the plural of the word. Moreover, add the letters ‘es’ incase a word ends with two consonants. Look at the words below:
Make sure that you understand the subject-verb agreement rule
Whenever you are used to reading and re-reading your work, you will not find this to be a problem. The subject of your sentence is matched with a pronoun. Caption this: “Who left his or her luggage here?” Most people would say, “Who left their luggage here?” This is wrong.