Have you been struggling with grammar lately?
Don’t beat yourself up. The English language is complicated and filled with grammar rules that don’t always make sense.
This article will help you hone your writing skills and teach you the 4 basic grammar mistakes so you know to avoid them.
There, their, and they’re are three words that sound the same but have different spellings and meanings.
It’s vital you know how to differentiate them. Using the wrong for of “there/their/they’re” on a paper or job application doesn’t look professional and could spur doubts about your qualifications.
So what is the difference and how do you use them correctly?
“There” is a word describing where something is. For example: “The shoes are over there.” or “I will meet you over there.”
Meanwhile, “their” is a word that describes ownership of more than one person. For example: “The football team has athlete’s foot. I wouldn’t touch their shoes if I were you.”
Finally, “they’re” is a contraction of the words they are, describing the state of more than one person. For example “They’re going to meet us at the restaurant.” or “They’re running in the park.”
2) Me v. I
People love to talk about themselves, but they don’t always do it in a way that’s grammatically correct.
Knowing when to use me and when to use I is an important, basic grammar rule. The trouble comes in when you are talking about yourself as well as someone else.
For instance, is it “You can send the package to Christina and me,” of “You can send the package to Christina and I”.
Taking out the other person of the sentence helps to know which form of the personal article is correct. Read each and skip over Christina’s name. Which sounds more natural? (Either way, the first sentence is the correct answer.)
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3) To v. Too
This shouldn’t be too hard to figure out.
To and too are two different words with entirely different meanings yet people always mix them up.
“To” is used when you’re describing a relationship between two things or direction.
For example, “Henry is going to the mall.” or “I’m going to sleep now.”
In contrast, “too” is used when describing a quantity.
For example, “She put too much dye in her hair.” or “I don’t want that coffee because it has too much cream in it.”
You must be careful to use the right form of to/too or the meaning of your sentence will change dramatically.
4) Then v. Than
Mixing up the words than and then is another basic grammar mistake to avoid.
“Then” is a word used to describe a sequence of actions or refers to time.
For instance, “I’m going to the mall then the grocery store.”
“Than” on the other hand is used to make comparisons between two things.
For instance, “She is better at soccer than him.”
Avoid These Basic Grammar Mistakes
If you can train yourself to avoid these four grammar mistakes your writing will improve immensely.
Train yourself to think about the different meanings of words that appear similar. This way you’ll know the reason behind using one over the other and you’ll pick the right one more often.