Are you in the process of learning grammar? Is it proving to be a hard nut to crack for you? Worry not. Do not take it personal. Many people have treaded on the same path as you and they have managed to learn the way to speak and write proper grammar without too many silly errors. You will get there soon. Most of the errors made by English speakers are gross, and they are as a result of not being taught in school. Learn the mistakes that many people make as they seek to communicate with their peers either at work or other areas.
Wrongly placed apostrophes
Once you understand the proper usage of apostrophes, you will find that they are pretty easy to use. However, placing them in erroneous places makes up a common error in English grammar.
Rules of using apostrophes
They are used to show possession – That is to say that a thing is owned by someone. In this case, if a thing is owned by one person, the apostrophe is placed prior to the ‘s.’ For example, “The boy’s bicycle.” However, if something is owned by more than one person, the apostrophe should be placed immediately after the letter ‘s.’ For instance, “The boys’ bicycle.”
Apostrophes also come into play when one wants to show a word that has been contracted. In this case, the apostrophe is put to show an omitted letter or letters so as to contract the word properly. For instance, can’t is used in place of cannot. The apostrophe is put in place of the letters ‘n’ and‘t.’
However, apostrophes should never be used to indicate the plural of a word. You cannot say, “Pen’s for the boy.” The plural of a pen is pens not pen’s.
Moreover, you cannot indicate the plural of years or a period of time using an apostrophe. For instance, you cannot say, “We used to read a lot of history books in the 1980’s.” The correct form of the statement should be,” We used to read a lot of history books in the 1980s.”
Another common error is you’re versus your. These two words are very confusing to so many people that they use them almost without knowing. You might think that you know how to use them, but wait until you make error in person. It is only then that you realize that the words confuse many people.
When you use “you’re” in a sentence, it should be used as a short form of “you are.”
Also, when you use “your” in a sentence, it should be used in such a way that it indicates\ something that belongs to you.
For instance, you cannot say, “Your a wonderful girl.” Instead you should say, “You’re a wonderful girl.” Moreover, you cannot say, “Did you know that your coming to our place today?” Instead, you should say, “Did you know that you’re coming to our place today?”
Check these and other uses and your grammar will be well polished.