Irrespective of our profession, we constantly find ourselves drafting reports, sending emails, and creating some content or the other. CEO, MD, or trainee – words, sentences, punctuations, and grammar hound all of us without distinguishing our designations and it’s quite natural for us to make that dreaded typo, grammar or punctuation error.
To understand how important a role correct spelling and grammar play in your professional world, look at some of the statistics presented below:
- 72.95% of respondents felt that irrespective of how helpful autocorrect and spellcheck are, employees still need to be able to spell right and be grammatically correct
- 57.9% of the recruiters opined that it is essential for employees to be proficient in spellings irrespective of which industry they belong to
- 2.3% of the respondents felt that lack of spelling proficiency was reflective of low intelligence
Grammatical errors are nothing new to the world of communication and writing. They’ve been around for years and will continue to be around for a while. Here we list 10 most common grammar mistakes you should stop making NOW!
1. Using apostrophes in the wrong places
This is probably the most common error seen out there. If you know the difference between its and it’s, then you can pat yourself on the back for having listened attentively during the English Grammar classes back in school. What differentiates it’s from its is – ‘it’s’ is a contraction of it is while ‘its’ is possessive.
- Every dog has its day.
- It’s going to be a long weekend for him.
2. Me vs I
I vs Me or Me vs I is another common grammar mistake made by people, even if their English is otherwise extremely good. When you’re mentioning another person before putting yourself in the sentence, read it out and see if I or Me fits there.
- Diya and I will be coming a little late for the reunion today.
3. There vs Their vs They’re
Right. So, this is another very common grammar mistake made by numerous people. ‘There’ refers to a specific place while ‘they’re’ is the contraction of ‘they are’. ‘Their’ on the other hand is a possessive noun. Next time you need to use these three words, remember their usage.
- Their Golden Retriever is tied to the gate over there while they’re jogging.
4. Subject Verb Agreement
Subject Verb Agreement is another common grammar pitfall. It is a simple concept of using the singular verb with a singular subject and plural form of the verb with the plural subject. Understanding how to structure a grammatically correct sentence with the subject verb agreement in place is very important.
- All of us are extremely thrilled with her performance in the Class XII board exams.
- Neither Dad nor Mom were at home when I came back from school.
5. Then vs Than
Quite a number of people make a mistake while using then and than. While ‘then’ signifies an action in time, ‘than’ is used to compare.
- She then decided to have a slab of her favorite chocolate ice-cream rather than go for a heavy sundae.
6. Who vs Whom
Who and whom are used in questions and correspond with the usage of he and him. When the answer is supposed to contain he, then, ‘who’ is used. When him is contained in an answer, then, the question would have ‘whom.’ In simpler terms, who refers to the subject in a sentence while whom refers to the object in a sentence.
- With whom are you going for lunch today?
- Who is that man standing near the exhibited paintings?
7. Your vs You’re
Similar to the mistakes made when using their and they’re, here too, ‘your’ is possessive while ‘you’re’ is a contraction of you are.
- Your journal which had been misplaced has been found.
- While you’re at it, I will go grab myself a cup of coffee.
8. Complement vs Compliment
People almost always find it difficult to figure out when to use complement and when to use compliment. ‘Complement’ means an add-on to or supplement something. ‘Compliment’, on the other hand means appreciation.
- The color of her clothes complements her complexion.
- She was showered with compliments on her exemplary speech at the graduation ceremony.
9. Since vs For
Since and for are two words whose usage often confuses people. ‘Since’ is used when referring to the time from when an action has begun while ‘For’ is used to denote a specific period of time.
- He is on a sabbatical for two months.
- A lot of accidents have occurred on this stretch since last year.
10. Bring and Take
Bring and Take mean more or less the same but the directions they represent differ. When the speaker of a sentence uses ‘Bring’, it denotes movement towards the speaker while ‘Take’ suggests movement away from the speaker.
- Please bring me a few pieces of chalk from the chalk box.
- Could you take these books to the library?
With these mistakes out of your way, your business writing is sure to be flawless. If you would like to add more such points, feel free to comment below. Also, if you like this post, feel free to share it!