10 Most Common Grammar Mistakes to Avoid



Proficiency in a language is gained through a proper way of speaking, listening, reading and writing in a skilled manner. To understand a language and have sense to improvise it forms the basic component of gaining proficiency in language. However, mistakes, which are the most inevitable, should be given proper attention.

10 Most Common Grammar Mistakes to Avoid

Grammar-Police Below are some of the most common grammatical errors cited in written English, prepared by academic instructors at SolidEssay.com, which can be corrected with proper training.

1. Usage of inappropriate words

Due to similar pronunciation, it is very common that the students are prone to use the words, which sound similar in an inappropriate context. Some of the examples may include: precede & proceed, complement & compliment, stationary and stationery, there & their, etc. These words, which have a totally different meaning, are often interchanged in written English eliciting the most unconvincing meaning.

2. Usage of tenses

A sentence which starts in a present tense should continue in the present tense and end in the present tense only. But, very often, students make a mistake of changing the tense in between when writing a long sentence.

3. Agreement between the subject and verb

This is a very common mistake in which a singular subject may be addressed with a plural verb in the same sentence and vice versa. Students must make sure that when addressing only one person, the sentence should carry only a singular verb and so on.

4. Unnecessary usage of verbs

Students are very often subjected to unnecessary usage of verbs like has, have, etc. Eg.: A sentence like ‘I have gone to school last week’ may be corrected as ‘I went to school last week’ by just removing the verb ‘have’.

5. Understanding the usage of comma and semicolon

A comma or a semi colon is well understood as a connecting factor between two complex sentences. However, not many are aware that undue usage of these may yield a completely different meaning for a particular sentence. Therefore, one should think more than twice before going ahead with a comma or a semi colon.

6. Usage of apostrophes

An apostrophe, which is used to denote possessiveness, should be used diligently based on the singular/plural noun. It should be avoided in case of possessive pronouns like mine, his, hers, etc. In the case of ‘It’s’, the apostrophe is used to denote ‘It is’.

7. Confusion with words, which do not have exact meaning

Apart from usage of words with similar pronunciation, there is a very common mistake in which students have confusion between words which appear similar but have a different meaning. Eg.: Bi (means two) and semi (means half); concurrent (simultaneous) and consecutive (continuous); afterward (later) and toward (to that point).

8. Analyzing the proper order of a sentence

It is quite essential that a sentence should have a subject and a respective predicate. Avoid using fragmented sentences and always make sure there’s the correct order of the sentence.

9. Avoid recurrent words

One of the common errors when discussing about a particular person or a thing is the repeated usage of the noun. Instead, students should adapt to the usage of pronouns. Eg.: Bill is a student at St. Mark’s School. Bill (instead of repeating Bill again, ‘he’ can be used) has scored well in his Grade X.

10. Usage of transition words and understanding the proper flow

Many literature work either lacks transition words or may not have one at all, due to which the flow of the summary is affected.

Understanding the English language and its grammar, and achieving proficiency is an effort requiring your time and hard work but at the same time it is an exciting task. The above list offers 10 most common grammatical mistakes, which may be challenging to understand. However, proper effort will go a long way in achieving professionalism in the language.

Jeffy is a professional copywriter working for various online writing and editing services, including SolidEssay.com. He also teaches students how to write an essay in MLA format.


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