Learning English Grammar to Avoid these 5 Common Grammar Mistakes
It’s not really enough that we know a lot of English terms. We should also be adept with and how to place them in a sentence. Learning English grammar is not an easy task. You need a lot of patience and loads of understanding about it. Take note, there are many rules and there are as well many exemptions to these rules.
Learning English grammar has its many pros whenever you are writing or communicating with someone else. It will make you more understandable and it would make you pleasing as well.
So, let’s start learning English grammar through these 5 common grammar mistakes that we commit unintentionally.
Subject-Verb Agreement Errors
The subject-verb agreement is one of the simplest lessons in learning English grammar. However, people tend to disregard its simple rules and guidelines. Always remember, must agree with one another in number whether they are singular or plural. If the subject of the sentence is singular, its verb must also be singular; and if the subject is plural, the verb must also be plural.
Incorrect: Marion believe in tooth fairies. (Since Marion is singular, the verb should be singular.)
Correct: Marion believes in tooth fairies.
It’s and its
We commonly think that its and it’s are the same, but it is not. These words are completely different. It is a contraction of the “it is”. The word “it” is a pronoun that refers to inanimate objects and “is” is a linking verb that signifies that the noun “it” is singular. While the word “its” talks about ownership or belonging. It is a possessive a noun like mine. It is usually used as an object or receiver of the action done by the subject.
Incorrect: Its a good idea. (The subject refers to a certain idea, not a possession.)
Correct: It’s a good idea.
Incorrect: I will jump on it’s back. (The subject mentions someone else’s back, an ownership.)
Correct: I will jump on its back.
Using a comma to separate ideas or etc.
A comma should be used after an introductory word, phrase, or clause. The purpose of the comma is to separate ideas in one context. This is to convey clearer understanding and avoid confusion.
Incorrect: My favorite kinds of pasta are lasagna carbonara and pesto. (There’s no such thing as lasagna carbonara. These are two completely different pasta menu.)
Correct: My favorite kinds of pasta are lasagna, carbonara, and pesto.
Me and I
The pronoun I is used as the subject of the sentence. On the other hand, me is utilized as the object of the sentence. You cannot use me as the subject of the sentence.
Incorrect: Me have great responsibilities on my shoulder. (Since the one who has great responsibility is the subject, the pronoun should be used is “I”)
Correct: I have great responsibilities on my shoulder.
Incorrect: She appreciates I a lot. (The pronoun I cannot be used as an object pronoun.)
Correct: She appreciates me a lot.
A run-on sentence occurs when you connect two main clauses with no punctuation.
Incorrect: I love to cook I would cook every dish there is in the world. ( There are two independent clauses in the sentence. They are not connected properly. We can use a conjunction to make it correct.)
Correct: I love to cook and I would cook every dish there is in the world.
There are still many grammar lessons that have been left featured on this blog. Don’t you worry, we will still make more of these on our future blogs. So, stay tuned!
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