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10+ Writing Mistakes Even Native Speakers Make - Please Stop this Madness!



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10+ Writing Mistakes Even Native Speakers Make - Please Stop this Madness!

10+ Writing Mistakes Even Native Speakers Make - Please Stop this Madness!
Hello all. Are you an English native speaking/writing writer? Is your grammar pitch perfect? Because you know, even us native English speakers are known for making the occasional mistake, boo boo and brain fart! Some of us, even though we have been native speaking and writing in English for decades, still make the odd grammar mistake here and there. And some more than others. And some, keep making the same grammar mistakes over and over again. And I have to say, some of them are so child like that it actually makes me feel bad and embarrassed for them when they do!

And for some words, words such as homonyms, no spell checker or grammar checker is ever going to be able to pick up on them and point them out to you with a squiggly red underline. Simply because, no spell/grammar checker knows them to be wrong since homonyms are; words that are spelled the same and pronounced the same but have different meanings.

So here's 10+ Writing Mistakes Even Native Speakers Make. So you don't have to make them again!

1. Its VS It's
Its is a possessive pronoun. As an example of this, one might say "The cat played with its new toy."
It's is a contraction of both "it is" and or "it has" etc. As an example one might say "I think it's going to rain today."

2. There VS Their VS They're
There is an adverb such as in or at that place.
Example: There is only one goal to achieve.
Or: You better not go in there.
Their is another possessive pronoun.
Example: I've noticed their baby cries a lot.
They're is a contraction of they are.
Example: They're going to sing this song tonight.

3. Lose VS Loose
Lose is a verb where you find you're without something.
Example: I really want to lose some more weight.
Loose is adjective such as when you are free from something.
Or when something has become loose and needs tightening.
Example: The wheel became loose and eventually fell off.

4. Whose VS Who's
Whose is a possessive form of who.
Example: Whose car was it that went past just then.

5. Your VS You're
Your is a possessive pronoun.
Example: I like the color of your top.
You're is a contraction of you are.
Example: You're going to perform amazingly tonight.

6. Write VS Right
Write is a verb to express something in writing.
Example: I am writing this article right now.
Right is an adjective, correct, justified, timely, suitable etc.
Example: This is the right way to do things John.

7. Affect VS Effect
Affect is a verb to act upon. A chance to produce.
Example: The cold weather affected my plants last night.
Effect is a noun that's going to happen.
Example: These rules are in effect from today.

8. Gone VS Went
Went is a past tense verb whereas gone is the past participle.
Example: Don't say "I should've went somewhere". Instead say "I went to the store, I should have gone to the market instead".

9. Accept VS Except
Accept is a verb to take or to receive.
Except is a preposition to exclude or to save.
Example: Everyone except me decided to go.

10. To VS Too VS Two
To, is a preposition.
Example: You should be prepared to go to the meeting tonight.
Too, is an adverb.
Example: Those guys want to play football with us too.
Two, is a noun.
Example: I want you two to work it out.

11. Accept VS Except
Accept, is a verb.
Example: I will accept the challenge.
Except, is a preposition.
Example: Everyone except Peter wanted to go.

12. Here VS Hear
Here, is an adverb.
Example: I am here and here I will stay.
Hear is a verb.
Example: We don't want to hear what you have to say.

13. Then VS Than
Then, is an adverb.
Example: I will eat first and then I will go.
Than is a adjective.
Example: That boy is taller than I am.

14. Were VS Where VS We're
Were is a paste tense verb.
Example: When we were together it was good.
Where is an adverb.
Example: Where were you last night?
We're is a contraction of we are.
Example: We're going to be famous.

How to Avoid Making Mistakes When Writing?
  • Read it out loud.
  • Revise and proofread your writing, twice!
  • Use a dictionary and thesaurus when in doubt.
  • Have a friend proofread it with a critical eye.
  • Proofread your writings with grammarly.com
Just remember that not all spell and grammar checkers will catch everything. Sometimes there are homonyms like they're, their, there or even some typos like like, he for the etc that it wont pick up on. That's why you should always reread your writings twice just to make sure all the idioms are correct!

Thanks for reading! I just wanted to post this one as I often see people making these simple grammar mistakes and it makes me feel bad for people! At least now after you've read this you'll know the difference between these words and when and when not to use them in your writing!

Do you or have you ever made these grammar and spelling mistakes? Be honest!

What other grammar and spelling mistakes do you know of that people make?

Comments

iamawriter

I have noticed a few more.

- I use to Vs I used to
- I to like Vs I too like
- When ever Vs Whenever

There are many more.

The problem is there are certain writing sites where they are not particular about grammar or spelling which is bad for the writer.



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Tronia

I can admit that I am not a native English speaker. English is my second language but I honestly don't make these mistakes. Some of them make me so annoyed. Especially if I see an American or a Brtish person that can't tell the difference between their and they're or your and you're. I don't know what they were doing all through their school years but they for sure weren't paying attention in their English classes, haha 10+ Writing Mistakes Even Native Speakers Make - Please Stop this Madness! the mistakes you've listed are far too common and I agree that we should all be more careful when we write. I use Grammarly as a backup so I am always 100% sure that I didn't make any dumb spelling mistakes.

A few more common, extremely basic spelling mistakes;
- alot versus a lot,
- belive versus believe,
- suprise versus surprise.



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TheArticulate

Oh my, you have no idea the frustration I go through on a daily basis. I'm a native English speaker, but I take pride in at least knowing the difference between the different forms of "there" and "your". It's really astounding when it comes to the number of people I see on Facebook (grown adults included) who consistently use the wrong form of "there" or "your". I've always thought it was a pretty simple concept, but people still make this mistake time and time again, and most of them don't speak any other language besides English.

I was good friends with a foreign exchange student in high school who was from the Czech Republic. Really smart individual. If I recall correctly, English was his third language. I think he spoke Czech, German, and English. What impressed me more than anything was that he had a better grasp on our language than a majority of my classmates. Makes you really think about the education systems in different countries, too.

And yeah, English spelling sometimes doesn't make a whole lot of sense, either.



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thisfreespirit

I'm sure over the years I've made of few of these mistakes. I know I've misused its/it's a few times in the past. However, it is rather a pet peeve of mine to see these mistakes in writing, so I make great efforts to not make them. Additionally, as an elementary school teacher, I make a great effort to teach my students the correct use of each word! The one that bothers me the most is to/too/two. It's one thing to see young students mixing these up, but adults should honestly know which of these to use! I think it just takes a little effort to make sure you're using some of the words in the correct context and I think the effort is well worth it.



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fishmonk

Thanks for pointing out such common errors. I guess it is pretty common do these mistakes as a writer. Therefore, I do have someone to help review my writings before publishing anything. It is great to have an English teacher do this for me.



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TheArticulate

Very true, sometimes it's easy to overlook the mistake as it's something pretty simple most of the time. Is English your second language? It seems like you have a pretty good understanding of it from the posts I've read from you. Regardless though, I don't think it's ever a bad idea to have someone proofread what you write, even if you're a native English speaker.



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fishmonk

It is actually my first language but I like to get opinions from others to see whether the flow of the content is suitable or not. This is a quality assurance process for me in order to ensure some form of consistency.



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TheArticulate

Thanks for the post! Interestingly enough, this post isn't just helpful to those who speak English as a second language, but from what I've seen in the U.S., it's beneficial for those who only speak English, too! These mistakes are very common, and if you're writing for a living, your article or post can lose all forms of authority with the result of a simple spelling mistake. You see this in journalism all the time. "Why should I trust what you say if you can't even spell right?" This is why it's so important to be aware of what you're writing and use someone to proofread your writing before you release it to the world.



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tingavai

I agree with you on this problem, during my time working with native English speakers, I am always impressed by the way they carry themselves, the pronunciation and speaking abilities are near perfect, it is quite hard to find any mistakes, but when it comes to writing, they usually make some strange mistakes that I'm sure almost none of the ones who studied English as a second language will make even if their skill level is far below the natives. I believe that the reason is because for the natives, English is like an instinct, you just know how to speak it by copying the adults, there is almost no amount of studying, so sometime you copy even the wrong way of using it without realizing, whereas the one who had to studied it will start a lot slower but they must make sure their grammar is perfect so these kinds of mistakes were unacceptable.



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fishmonk

This is pretty interesting. I guess that non-natives usually tend to put more focus on grammar when learning English. This leads to them having grammar after tons of practice in their education. The way non-natives speak are also more formal.



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Baburra

I'm obsessive about this so whenever I come across comments that contain these mistakes I really get peeved. However, I do try and be understanding as I know I probably have my own set of flaws too that are not language related, so I try not to judge too harshly. One of the mistakes that really bug me the most is when people use "should/could of" instead of "should/could have". I don't know why, but that one bothers me way more than the other ones.



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JoeMilford

You are definitely speaking to the choir here when you present me with this topic. As an English professor of almost fifteen years, these are the mistakes which are the bane of my students; existence. I can't tell you how many papers I have read over the years whose content is great, and even insightful, regarding literature, but the amount of errors such as these in the average college freshman English essay eclipse the great ideas they have and stab away at the "A" grade which they could have achieved. I do offer rewrites, when I can, and the students improve, but college English, in theory, should not be dealing with these issues. I am supposed to be teaching them research techniques and critical thinking in the form of essay; I am not, however, supposed to be going back to pre-college curriculum and re-teaching them grammar, punctuation, spelling, and mechanics. However, it is what it is; I just try to help them as much as I can in the time I have with them.



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Barida

Thank you so much for taking out time to teach us the corrective use of these words. I might have made some mistakes in the past as regards using some of these words, but with what I read this morning, I'm confident about writing in the future.



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Corzhens

Social media is rife with your points 1, 2, and 3. The proper use of IT’S and ITS are always violated. And also the #5, it seems that people are forgetting YOU”RE is not the same as YOURS. But the biggest error of all time is when using LOSE and LOOSE. Pardon me but I have several friends who are American who don’t know how to use those words. Even the title of their blog is already in error – Loose 5 pounds in 5 days. That’s really a big trap.



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jaymish3

I often feel that the instance on native speakers to write articles in the freelancing world is discriminatory. Native speakers don't necessarily write and follow, pure English rules. We all tend to write how we speak. There is alot of slang in Native English countries, which creeps into their writing. In some third world countries we learn English from birth and we are taught in English. An argument can be made that we are native speakers.Though this is never recognized.



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stbrians

Mistakes just pop up. Pop! Just like popcorn and they are there. It does not matter if you are native or not; mistakes just come.

We normally think as we write and there, mistakes follow. I do not blame anyone for mistakes. I make them too



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