Grammatical errors are like ticks if your writing is a cur – they rarely seem to leave it. It’s a craftsman’s job, really, to get your academic papers done without any grammatical errors in them. There are fields where people make the most mistakes – the tenses and the punctuations. There are other particulars about grammatical errors as well, which we shall discuss here.
If you too are a victim, fret not – we are here to guide you through. This post will explain very simply and subtly how you can make sure that your writing is sans any grammatical mistake. We will explain here what are the most frequently made errors and how best to avoid them in your writing.
‘Tense’d, are you?
- The most common mistake people make in the tenses is confusing the Present continuous and the present perfect continuous. For an example, ‘I am studying for an hour now’ should be ‘I have been studying for an hour now’.
- Another very common mistake people make in tenses is mixing Simple past and the present perfect For example, ‘I have completed this chapter yesterday’ should be ‘I completed this chapter yesterday’.
- Apostrophe: Making a mistake in the use of apostrophe is not as small an error as the apostrophe itself. People tend to use apostrophe even when they want to denote plurals. Always remember – do not use apostrophe if you want to make a noun plural; just add an s at the end. Apostrophe is used to indicate possession. For example, Mike’s car – it means that the car belongs to Mike.
- The Oxford Comma: Oxford comma is probably the most discussed grammatical conundrum. Some claim that it is not even a rule, just a difference in the ways of writing. Oxford comma is the last comma you place prior to the last item in a series of items. The use of oxford comma is to specify the last item in the list as a distinct item and not something associated with the second last one. However, there are contradictions in the use of the oxford comma in the British and the American styles of writing. The British use it, the Americans don’t.
- Hyphen and Dash: Another very naïve mistake that people do is confuse the hyphen and the dash. Although they look almost the same, but a hyphen (the small one) is used when you are combining two words to convey a single thing. The dash (the big one) is used to end one part of the sentence. Also, to make you visualize the difference better, there are no spaces before or after a hyphen. But if you’re using a dash, the syntax is ‘word-space-dash-space-word’. One way to make sure your assignment is rid of this mistake is to get them proof read by an assignment writing service.
- The Semicolon and Comma Dilemma: People do not very often confuse the two punctuation marks, but there are instances nonetheless. Always remember – a comma is used to separate two items in a string of similar objects. A semicolon is used to pause a sentence and begin a new sentence. Confusing them can alter the meaning of your sentence by miles.
- ‘It’s’ and ‘Its’: Another example of the most common and most disastrous mistakes in punctuation. People confuse these two like twins. Out of all the mistakes, this is by far most dangerous one because a simple apostrophe changes the meaning of the word a lot. Remember – ‘It’s’ is used as a short form of ‘It is’ or ‘It has,’ and ‘Its’ is used when you want to denote possession.
- Affect and Effect: Not very different, the two words, but never should you confuse the two when you’re writing for some significant purpose. To avoid this error, just know that ‘effect’ is a noun and ‘affect’ is a verb. This simple pointer in your brain will keep this mistake at bay.
- The ‘Me’ and ‘I’ dilemma: It’s a very common mistake to confuse these two. ‘Me’ is an object in a sentence. On the other hand, ‘I’ is a pronoun. Simple to differentiate now, right?
- Between and Among: Two polar opposite words that are often confused. ‘Between’ means denoting separation in objects, while ‘among’ is used to denote an object that isn’t separated from other objects of the same category. Mistake these two and the whole meaning of the sentence takes a turn.
- The ‘Who’ and ‘Whom’ problem: One of the most commonly made mistakes in grammar realm, this problem can be resolved with a simple knowledge – ‘who’ is a subject, and ‘whom’ is an object. Subjects start sentences, objects end them – simple. Not many know the correct usage of the two; consider yourself among the enlightened few.
To Wrap Up
Grammar is to a language what organs are to a body. As a responsible person that knows a language, it’s your duty to know and use the correct grammar.