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Common Grammatical Mistakes

Here's an overview of Grammar.com'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 7. 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…

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