Are you planning to write a paper for your course? Are you worried that your work may include grammar mistakes? Don't worry, you're not alone in this. We all make grammar mistakes sometimes. But to help you avoid these, or at least catch them before they turn into a big problem, we've compiled a list of the most common ones writers should avoid.
Some of these mistakes are so simple and basic that even a young child would know better than to do them! How many times have you been told "don't use an apostrophe when it isn't needed?" This is one mistake that's very easy to fix!
Sometimes it's just as easy as reading your work aloud to yourself and listening for errors. We list the most common errors that writers make. These are all minor mistakes, but if you're looking for perfection, then this is a good start!
1. Avoid using "they" as a singular pronoun
2. Don't use the same word twice - this is redundant
3. Be careful with contractions to make sure they are done correctly
4. Don't overuse exclamation points or question marks, which can cause confusion in tone
5. Use punctuation for quotes and dialogue
6. Know when to use italics for emphasis
7. Avoiding apostrophes in possessive nouns
8. Using "its” instead of "it’s”
9. Confusing "who" and "whom"
10. Mixing up the past tense and present tense verbs "to lay" and "to lie"
11. Committing spelling errors like using words that are spelled differently but sound the same, such as there/their or to/two
12. Failing to use commas correctly, such as after introductory clauses or before an appositive phrase at the beginning of a sentence
The list can go on and on. Would you like to send us your common mistakes? Use the comments box below to let us know.
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