Common English Grammar Mistakes


Here's a list of common grammar mistakes that many people make in English. Often people interchange these words with each other, not understanding the definition of each word and the differences. Here's a quick and simple guide to help out:

1. Their, There and They're

Their = Belonging to or associated with the person.

There = in, at, or to that place or destination.

They're = they are.

2. Your and You're

Your = Belonging to or associated with the person.

You're = You are.

3. Its and It's

Its = Belonging to or associated with a thing.

It's = It is

4. Affect and Effect.

Affect = Have an effect on, make a difference.

Effect = A change which is a result or consequence of an action or other cause.

5. To, Too and Two.

To = Expressing motion in the direction of.

Too = In addition, also. To a higher degree than is desirable.

Two = 2.

6. i.e and e.g

i.e and e.g are both latin abbreviations. E.g means "For example" and i.e means "In other words."

7. Who, Whom, Whose and Who's

Who = What or which person or people.

Whom = Used instead of "who" as the object of a verb or preposition.

Whose = Belonging to or associated with which person.

Who's = Who is.

8. Then and Than

Then = At that time; at that time in question.

Than = Introducing the second component in a comparison.

9. Assure, Ensure and Insure

Assure = Tell someone something positively to dispel any doubts.

Ensure = Make certain that (something) will occur or be the case.

Insure = Secure or protect someone against (a possible contingency).

10. Farther and Further

"Farther" refers to a physical distance, whereas "further" refers to a figurative distance.

11. Here, Hear and Hair

Here = In, at, or to a place or position.

Hear = Listening to somebody.

Hair = The strands that grow out of your head.

12. Colons, Semicolons and Dash

The common use of the colon (:) is to introduce a list of items.

The common use of the semicolon (;) is to join together two clauses that could be separate sentences, creating a longer sentence.

The dash (-) can be used in place of the colon, to emphasise the conclusion of your sentence. Although, the dash is less formal than the colon.

But don't become 'that' guy hahaha.
But don't become 'that' guy hahaha.
Common English Grammar Mistakes
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  • jcampbell115
    There, their and they're is the worst I see in Canada. Everyone uses there instead of they're. The same thing with your and you're, when you know they're trying to say "you're" and say "your" instead.
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  • ItsTheNephilim
    Hah. Reminds of a take I wrote on my previous account. Here is a link to it.

    Common mistakes I have observed people making in English. ↗

    I remember committing a mistake in my own take lol.

    I wanna add the most annoying and repeated mistake that people make: the use of apostrophe (') especially when they mention a plural of an abbreviated word when there is no sense of belonging.
    MNC's, LDR's.. completely wrong.
  • ChefCurry
    This my take makes me feel like I'm in the first grade again.
    • Lauren-green

      You're so annoying 🤦🏻‍♀️

    • ChefCurry

      What dude? I'm literally not doing anything. And you keep downvoting me. I need my safe space.

    • Lauren-green

      For awhile now you post answers on my questions being sarcastic and trying to offend me. And even replying to me on other questions, dming me and trying to flirt with me and being pervy. You're weird.

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  • GoodatBad
    I see this a lot a lot.
  • ChocolateBrowny
    If you join to eyebrows together with a (-) it becomes a mono-brow 😊
  • Stoner710
    This is why I like Japanese better
  • yeolsb