Common Grammatical Errors You Must Avoid

Doing many tasks all at the same time requires a sharp focus and a great attention to details. And while we strive to give our clients a foolproof product, the more we are keen on avoiding mistakes, the more we become blind on spotting them.

 

And some of the mistakes we usually encounter and overlook are in our writings. Whether in emails, reports, banners, and infographics, having grammatical errors in our work could influence what our clients think about how we work.

 

FEWER VS LESS

These two words can easily be misused. The word “fewer” functions for the things you can count, it can be used to count people, ingredients, animals and etc. While “less” is used for abstract qualities or characteristics you can’t count, which can be used for money, water, emotions and much more.

 

The history of this confusion dates back to Alfred the Great’s reign as king of Wessex from 871 to 899.  It was a time when people use Old English in communication. During that time, less was used in the same manner fewer is currently used, which took a toll on supermarkets posting “10 times or less” instead of “10 times or fewer” which is grammatically correct.

 

COMMAS

Using commas could change the entire meaning of the sentence. The purpose of a comma is to separate introductory, clauses, phrases, and words that come before the main clause.

 

It is also used to sunder independent clauses if they are joined by coordinating conjunctions such as: and, but, for, or, nor, so, and yet.

 

HOMOPHONES

Homophones are two or more words sounding the same but differ in meaning, spelling, and etymology.

 

Examples of these are: deer – dear, knew – new, and their – there. If it is not noticed or corrected, messages can become confusing and insulting.

 

DANGLING MODIFIERS

Dangling modifiers are words or phrases used to modify a word not clearly stated in the sentence.

 

To avoid committing this mistake, you should first identify the logical doer of the action. You may change the dangling modifier into a complete introductory clause and then combine the introductory and main clause.

 

WORDS WITH DOUBLE MEANINGS

We should always be careful in using words that can have other meanings. This could cause a wrong message to be sent.

 

It can be hilarious when used for puns, but when used wrong, it could be read as insensitive, mildly rude, or very confound.

 

Words like nails, seasons, racket, and buckle are examples of words of words with double meaning.

 

AUTO-CORRECT

In this day and age, people rely more on technology that and using an auto-correcting app or software is a hack, especially for writers and editors. But sometimes they aren’t as reliable. And when it doesn’t work, it will rather take you from having a step forward, to two steps back.

 

Proofreading your work may take time and effort, but it is safer and more dependable. It is also best to have someone else proofread your work.

 

Whether you are a master of linguistics or just an amateur on using the English language, committing a grammar mistake is inevitable yet also preventable.

 

If you’re having problems with your written contents, design agencies like us at MicroCreatives can help you. We offer a variety of creative services that is sure to answer what your business needs. Make sure to contact us and we’ll help you find words fit for your company’s success.


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