For most, writing is a daunting task. I get it, believe me. There are so many rules when it comes to grammar that it is hard to remember and keep track of them all. Where does the comma go? Should I be using “there” or “their”? What even is a semicolon? AHHHH!!!
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Here are six common grammar mistakes that are easier to understand than you think!
Ok, we got this. Here is the difference between these three words that make heads spin across the world.
For example: “The cup is over there.” or “There she is!”
- For example: “Their parents just got married.” or “Their coffee is ready to be picked up.”
For example: “They’re going to the mall.” or “They’re really upset that it’s raining.”
2. Anything Involving a Semicolon
According to Expert Editor, in its most simple form, the semicolon is used to link two related independent clauses together in one sentence. For example:
Correct: “Mark was obsessed with his hair; he used more styling products than his wife.”
While these two clauses could technically stand on their own, a writer might opt for a semicolon stylistically rather than breaking them into two sentences with a period. The big no-no comes when writers stick a conjunction in there right along with the semicolon:
Incorrect: “Mark was obsessed with his hair; and he used more styling products than his wife.”
This one also confuses the masses, but when you see the difference, it is so easy to differentiate between the two!
4. Then or Than
These words that sound the same but have different meanings are a killer, aren’t they?
For example: “We are going to the park and then we are going home.” “She told me she was going home and then she went to the party.”
For example: “I like cake better than brownies.” “Four is greater than three.”
5. Passive Voice
This one is a doozy, even for people who are professionals. Passive voice occurs when the writer turns the object of the sentence into the subject of the sentence, and it instantly weakens the impact of the action. When a comment is made on your writing that it sounds too passive or needs to be more active, this is what editors are referring to.
For example: “The dog was taken for a walk by me.” is written in a passive voice, and just sounds awkward. You want to make sure the subject of your sentence, which is “me” in this case, is at the very beginning of your sentence.
6. Using the Word "Literally"
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