Fix 5 most common Grammatical Errors
Are your grammar goofs making you look bad? Frequent grammar errors could cause others to question your writing at work. Here’s how to identify and fix ten of the most common offenders.
Commonly Confused Words
There’s an inherent flaw to spellcheck—sometimes you spell a word correctly, but you use the wrong one. Even when your mistake is an honest typo, using the wrong word can make it look as though there’s a gap in your knowledge.
Then can mean at that time or next in time/space/order.
Let’s have pizza and then go to a movie.
Lose is a verb that can mean fail to win, misplace, or free oneself from something or someone
Loose is an adjective that means not tight.
Their means belonging to them
There indicates a place.
Apostrophes are used to show possession
The dog’s collar was red.
They’re also used to form contractions like shouldn’t, we’ve, and you’re.
Apostrophes are almost never used to form plurals.
When you put quotation marks around anything that doesn’t require them, you mean “ . . . but not really.”
So, just be aware that when you end an email by telling your boss to have a “great day,” you’re implying the opposite.