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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.
: There is only one goal to achieve.
Or: You better not go in there.
Their is another possessive pronoun.
: I've noticed their baby cries a lot.
They're is a contraction of they are.
: They're going to sing this song tonight.
3. Lose VS Loose
Lose is a verb where you find you're without something.
: 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.
: 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.
: I like the color of your top.
You're is a contraction of you are.
: You're going to perform amazingly tonight.
6. Write VS Right
Write is a verb to express something in writing.
: I am writing this article right now.
Right is an adjective, correct, justified, timely, suitable etc.
: This is the right way to do things John.
7. Affect VS Effect
Affect is a verb to act upon. A chance to produce.
: The cold weather affected my plants last night.
Effect is a noun that's going to happen.
: These rules are in effect from today.
8. Gone VS Went
Went is a past tense verb whereas gone is the past participle.
: 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.
: Everyone except me decided to go.
10. To VS Too VS Two
To, is a preposition.
: You should be prepared to go to the meeting tonight.
Too, is an adverb.
: Those guys want to play football with us too.
Two, is a noun.
: I want you two to work it out.
11. Accept VS Except
Accept, is a verb.
: I will accept the challenge.
Except, is a preposition.
: Everyone except Peter wanted to go.
12. Here VS Hear
Here, is an adverb.
: I am here and here I will stay.
Hear is a verb.
: We don't want to hear what you have to say.
13. Then VS Than
Then, is an adverb.
: I will eat first and then I will go.
Than is a adjective.
: That boy is taller than I am.
14. Were VS Where VS We're
Were is a paste tense verb.
: When we were together it was good.
Where is an adverb.
: Where were you last night?
We're is a contraction of we are.
: 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?