English Grammar mistakes

If you’re currently in the process of learning English, and you’re struggling to get to grips with our grammar, don’t take it to heart.

Part 1:

1. Misplaced apostrophes: Apostrophes aren’t difficult to use once you know how, but putting them in the wrong place is one of the most common grammar mistakes in the English language.

The rules:

  • Apostrophes indicate possession – something belonging to something or someone else.
  • To indicate something belonging to one person, the apostrophe goes before the ‘s’. For instance, “The girl’s horse.”

How not to do it: Ex:

  •   The horse’s are in the field.
  •   Pen’s for sale.
  •   In the 1980’s.

How to do it properly: Ex:

  •   The horses are in the field
  •   Pens for sale.
  •   In the 1980s.

2.Your/you’re:

The rules:

  •    “Your” indicates possession – something belonging to you.
  •    “You’re” is short for “you are”.

How not to do it: Ex:

  •    Your beautiful
  •    Do you know when your coming over?

How to do it properly: Ex:

  • You’re beautiful.
  • Do you know when you’re coming over?

3.Its/it’s:

The rules:

  •    “It’s” is only ever used when short for “it is”.
  •    “Its” indicates something belonging to something that isn’t masculine or feminine (like “his” and “hers”, but used when you’re not talking about a person).

How not to do it: Ex:

  •    Its snowing outside.
  •    The sofa looks great with it’s new cover.

How to do it properly: Ex:

  • It’s snowing outside.
  • The sofa looks great with its new cover.

4.“Could/would/should of”:

The rules:

  • When people write “should of”, what they really mean is “should have”.
  • Written down, the shortened version of “should have” is “should’ve”.

How not to do it: Ex:

  •    We could of gone there today.
  •    I would of done it sooner.

How to do it properly: Ex:

  • We could’ve gone there today.
  • I would have done it sooner.

5.There/their/they’re:

The rules:

  • Use “there” to refer to a place that isn’t here – “over there”.
  • We also use “there” to state something – “There are no cakes left.”

How not to do it: Ex:

  •    Their going to be here soon.
  •    We should contact they’re agent.

How to do it properly: Ex:

  • They’re going to be here soon.
  • We should contact their agent.

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Note: This article has been adapted from the following source:

https://www.oxford-royale.co.uk/articles/15-common-grammar-gripes-avoid.html

 

 

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