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Common Grammatical Mistakes

Here's an overview of's discussion of common grammatical mistakes. In this section we cover 13 common problems plaguing writers and speakers. Below you'll find a detailed Table of Contents on these mistakes.

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Cast of Characters

In some of these discussions, you'll meet various characters: Miss Hamrick is my eighth-grade English teacher (bless her soul); Amber and Igor are cave-dwelling, primitive ancestors, who, along with Miss Hamrick, invented the English language 6,412 years ago.

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General Table of Contents

1. Subject-Verb Disagreement
2. Could of
3. Your and You’re
4. Case of Pronouns
5. Subjunctive Mood
6. Dangling Participles
There, Their, They’re
8. Affect vs. Effect
9. It’s vs. Its
10. Lead vs. Led
11. Principle vs. Principal
12. Bring vs. Take
13. The Horrible Like Word

Detailed Table of Contents

1 - Subject-Verb Disagreement - “There’s lots of these mistakes.”
There is - Huge Grammatical Mistake
Three Rules on Subject-Verb Agreement
Common Traps to Avoid
Subjects Joined by and
Subjects Joined by or
Subjects Joined by Other Connectors
Group Nouns: majority do or majority does?
British Approach to Group Nouns
None - Singular or Plural?
Each - Singular or Plural?
Now let’s fix the chapter title…

2 - Could of - “We could of used the right helping verb.”
We should fix the chapter title…

3 - Your and You’re - “Your leaving out the word are.”
So our chapter title should read…

4 - Case of Pronouns - “You and him confuse the case of pronouns.”
Memorize the Various Personal Pronouns
Case of Pronouns - The Rule
Pronoun as the Object of a Preposition
Shall we fix the chapter title?

5 - Subjunctive Mood - “If I was you, I’d learn the subjunctive mood.”
Forming the Subjunctive Mood
Situations Requiring the Subjunctive Mood
Back to Our Robin Cook Examples
Let’s now fix the chapter title…

6 - Dangling Participles - “When writing, your participle might dangle.”
Introductory Adjectival Phrases
Examples of Nondangling Participles
The chapter title needs repair…

7 - There, Their, They’re - “Their mixing up they’re theres.”
Chart Showing Various Uses
So the title to this chapter should read…

8 - Affect vs. Effect - “Bad habits will effect your writing.”
Impact as a Verb
Our chapter title should read…

9 - It’s vs. Its - “Should you take out it’s apostrophe?”
So to fix the title of this chapter…

10 - Lead vs. Led - “Yesterday, they lead us astray.”
Let’s fix the title of the chapter …

11 - Principle vs. Principal - “Here’s the principle reason he flunked the course.”
The Word Principle
The Word Principal
Principle vs. Principal - A Summary
Our chapter title should thus read…

12 - Bring vs. Take - “Bring along this advice when you go to work.”
I hope you’ve learned to fix the chapter title…

13 - The Like Word - “Like, I’m like gonna learn how to like talk.”
Introducing Quotations with the Like Word
Like - A Ubiquitous Word
Parents - Take Note
The Word Like Serves as 7 Parts of Speech
Overusing Like Threatens Your Career
Perhaps from now on you’ll say…

Conclusion to the Section on Grammatical Mistakes



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