Most Common Grammar Mistakes to Avoid

TalkShop Grammar tipsGrammar is one of those things that many people don’t always get right. There are so many rules; some of them may seem overwhelmingly complex. No matter how many years you spend in learning about correct grammar and other language skills, there are times that you still commit minor lapses now and then.

Using incorrect grammar is not only frustrating to the reader; it can also affect you professionally. If you’re guilty with quite a handful of grammar errors, your business credibility may be put on the line. It doesn’t, however, have to be so daunting. It’s more manageable to see grammar in a positive light and inject humor into it. As what William Safire said, “Only in grammar can you be more than perfect.” By avoiding the common grammar errors and being detail-oriented, you can actually make your communication quite impressive.

TalkShop, the Philippines’ best English school and pioneer of Integrated Language Teaching (ILT), shares with you the most common grammar mistakes to avoid.

1. Your vs. You’re

Most people overlook the difference of these two words. “Your” is a possessive pronoun. It is used to describe a noun by telling to whom it belongs. While “you’re” is a contraction of “you are.”

2. Who vs. Which vs. That

This is one of the most common grammar mistakes to avoid. The correct usage of these words is as follows: “who” refers to a person(s); “which” refers to animals or things; and “that” can refer to either persons or things.

3. It’s vs. Its

This is a mistake that can easily be overlooked. This confuses even the best of writers. The possessive form of “it” is “its,” while “it’s” is a contraction of “it is” or “it has.”

4. There vs. Their vs. They’re

To put it simply, “there” is used when you specify a place. It can also be applied as an empty word to start a sentence. “Their” is used as a possessive form of “they” and “they’re” is a contraction of “they are.”

5. Affect vs. Effect

Some people get confused in the correct usage of affect and effect. You can use “affect” if you are talking about the act of changing. On the other hand, “effect” is used when you’re pertaining to the change itself.

Always remember that utilizing proper English means focusing both on the content and grammar of what you’re saying. This will help you avoid committing simple grammar mistakes. Take note of most common grammar mistakes to avoid; if you pay close attention to details you shouldn’t have too much of a problem.

Enroll at TalkShop today to polish your language skills as you become more adept at applying correct grammar and expressing yourself confidently and proficiently. Call your TalkShop Consultant at (632) 894 5588 or visit www.talkshop.ph for the program details.

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Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication finished her bachelor degree in Literature, masters in Entrepreneurship, and doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN, and Google+


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