Common Grammar and Spelling Mistakes
Have you ever been puzzled about spelling words properly? Do you wonder if you are writing sentences correctly? Where do you place a comma? We are in the 21st century and have many online tools to check our grammar and spelling mistakes. Perhaps you are meeting with a client in person today. Wouldn’t it be helpful to know more about grammar and spelling for everyday usage when the internet is unavailable? Good grammar habits will help you throughout your career in corresponding with clients, writing a report, and writing e-mails.
Most Common Grammar Mistakes
Text messages may cause children to get into the bad habit of poor grammar. Researchers Cingel and Sundar studied the relationship between text messaging and English grammar skills. The scientists found support suggesting text messaging negatively impacts a student’s grammar. Will they grow up to have good grammar skills? Both children and adults often misuse commas or fail to include them. Let’s cover the basics of commas. Firstly, the punctuation mark separates elements in a series. If you write a list of different groceries in a sentence, commas follow each item. Commas also “separate independent clauses when they are joined by any of these seven coordinating conjunctions: and, but, for, or, nor, so, yet.”
- Bob purchased a bottle of orange juice, but he forgot to buy a loaf of bread.
Additionally, commas come after introductory clauses, phrases, or words that appear before the main clause, e.g., additionally requires a comma in this sentence.
Most educational professionals disparage the passive voice as a poor writing tendency, but there are some situations that require writing in the passive voice. “In general, the active voice makes your writing stronger, more direct, and, you guessed it, more active.”
Online writing assistant Grammarly demonstrates formulas with examples for the active and passive voices.
The formula for the active voice:
[subject]+[verb (performed by the subject)]+[optional object]
Example: Chester kicked the ball
The formula for the passive voice:
[subject]+[some form of the verb to be]+[past participle of a transitive verb]+[optional prepositional phrase]
Example: The ball was kicked by Chester.
Most Common Spelling Mistakes
Misspelling words can also leave an unfavorable impression on readers. One organization examined the most often misspelled words on a social media platform. The following correctly spelled words made the top of the misspelled-words list In the United States:
Words that have the same sound but have a different spelling are also frequently misspelled and called homophones. Some of the most common misspelled homophones include:
- There, Their, and They’re
- Here and Hear
- Your and You’re
- Affect and Effect
- Than and Then
- Are and Our
- Accept and Except
- Its and it’s
- Complement and compliment
- Bear and Bare
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Joey Hinojosa graduated from the University of Texas-Pan American with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and graduated from Texas Tech University with a master’s degree in mass communications. He joined the Empower Brokerage team in 2022 as a marketing specialist – editor.