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13 Grammatical Mistakes That Instantly Reveal People's Ignorance by DANDeGENERAL(m): 6:26am On Oct 07, 2017
people’s

All it takes is a single tweet or text for some people to reveal their poor grasp of the English language.Homophones — words that sound alike but are spelled differently — can be particularly pesky.Regardless, you should never choose incorrectly in these nine situations:

1. ‘YOUR’ VS. ‘YOU’RE’“Your” is a possessive pronoun, while “you’re” is a contraction of “you are.”Example 1: You’re pretty.Example 2: Give me some of your whiskey.

2. ‘IT’S’ VS. ‘ITS’Normally, an apostrophe symbolizes possession, as in, “I took the dog’s bone.” But because apostrophes also replace omitted letters — as in “don’t” — the “it’s” vs. “its” decision gets complicated.Use “its” as the possessive pronoun and “it’s” for the shortened version of “it is.”Example 1: The dog chewed on its bone.Example 2: It’s raining

3. ‘THEN’ VS. ‘THAN’“Then” conveys time, while “than” is used for comparison.Example 1: We left the party and then went home.Example 2: We would rather go home than stay at the party.

4. ‘THERE’ VS. ‘THEY’RE’ VS. ‘THEIR’“There” is a location. “Their” is a possessive pronoun. And “they’re” is a contraction of “they are.”Use them wisely.

5. ‘WE’RE’ VS. ‘WERE’“We’re” is a contraction of “we are” and “were” is the past tense of “are.”

6. ‘AFFECT’ VS. ‘EFFECT’“Affect” is a verb and “effect” is a noun.There are, however, rare exceptions. For example, someone can “effect change” and “affect” can be a psychological symptom.Example: How did that affect you?Example: What effect did that have on you?

7. ‘TWO’ VS. ‘TOO’ VS. ‘TO’“Two” is a number.“To” is a preposition. It’s used to express motion, although often not literally, toward a person, place, or thing.And “too” is a synonym for “also.”

8. ‘INTO’ VS. ‘IN TO’“Into” is a preposition that indicates movement or transformation, while “in to,” as two separate words, does not.Example: We drove the car into the lake.Example: I turned my test in to the teacher.In the latter example, if you wrote “into,” you’re implying you literally changed your test into your teacher.

9. ‘ALOT’“Alot” isn’t a word. This phrase is always two separate words: a lot.

10. ‘WHO’ VS. ‘WHOM’Use “who” to refer to the subject of a sentence and “whom” to refer to the object of the verb or preposition. Shortcut: Remember that who does it to whom.Example: Who ate my sandwich?Example: Whom should I ask?

11. ‘WHOSE’ VS. ‘WHO’S’Use “whose” to assign ownership to someone and “who’s” as the contraction of “who is.”Example: Whose backpack is on that table?Example: Who’s going to the movies tonight?

12. ‘I’ VS. ‘ME’Use “I” when you are the subject of a sentence and “me” when you are the object.Example: John and I went to the store to buy some food.Example: The cashier handed the groceries to John and me.

13. ‘PEAK’ VS. ‘PIQUE’Use “peak” when describing the highest point or maximum value and “pique” when you are talking about stimulating curiosity.Example: I hiked to the peak of the mountain.Example: The fascinating prior experience her résumé piqued my interest.

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Re: 13 Grammatical Mistakes That Instantly Reveal People's Ignorance by Ramanto(m): 6:38am On Oct 07, 2017
So educative. Op, help me consider these two statements: "original copy submitted by I, John" and "original copy submitted by me, john" thanks

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Re: 13 Grammatical Mistakes That Instantly Reveal People's Ignorance by Hashimyussufamao(m): 6:57am On Oct 07, 2017
noted
Re: 13 Grammatical Mistakes That Instantly Reveal People's Ignorance by jaszplus12(m): 7:06am On Oct 07, 2017
nowadays "am" has replaced "i'm"!
it's absolutely wrong to write "am fine" rather it's "I'm fine"
same also for "I use(d) to see him everyday" rather it's "I see him everyday"
"I used to use baking powder for ...." rather it's "I use baking powder for...."
more from others please...
thanks op for brightening my grammar this Saturday morning!

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Re: 13 Grammatical Mistakes That Instantly Reveal People's Ignorance by jaszplus12(m): 7:09am On Oct 07, 2017
Ramanto:
So educative. Op, help me consider these two statements: "original copy submitted by I, John" and "original copy submitted by me, john" thanks
let me help:
"original copy submitted by me.
(then you sign off with your name signature and date)

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Re: 13 Grammatical Mistakes That Instantly Reveal People's Ignorance by Bede2u(m): 7:50am On Oct 07, 2017
You forgot 'been' and 'being'. This is very common among nairalanders flaties and afonjas alike.
They be like ''Ya I have being there before'' or ''You are been stupid'' I dey laugh any time I see the mumu mix up

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Re: 13 Grammatical Mistakes That Instantly Reveal People's Ignorance by iceboy4752(m): 7:51am On Oct 07, 2017
Number 2 and 5 were so confusing to me.
Geez! Thanks for this educative post OP.
Please move this to FP. If it's a post about a woman exposing her cleavage now, it would have been in FP before I say "Jack."

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Re: 13 Grammatical Mistakes That Instantly Reveal People's Ignorance by konkobility: 8:09am On Oct 07, 2017
jaszplus12:
nowadays "am" has replaced "i'm"!
it's absolutely wrong to write "am fine" rather it's "I'm fine"
same also for "I use(d) to see him everyday" rather it's "I see him everyday"
"I used to use baking powder for ...." rather it's "I use baking powder for...."
more from others please...
thanks op for brightening my grammar this Saturday morning!


i'm is just an abbrevation for I AM

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Re: 13 Grammatical Mistakes That Instantly Reveal People's Ignorance by Discharge(m): 8:17am On Oct 07, 2017
Nice op.......abeg tell Queen to come read and write Hausa for me

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Re: 13 Grammatical Mistakes That Instantly Reveal People's Ignorance by Ugaboy(f): 8:17am On Oct 07, 2017
Let me come and go and attend this seminar

I hope it's not a mistake

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Re: 13 Grammatical Mistakes That Instantly Reveal People's Ignorance by olowobaba10: 8:17am On Oct 07, 2017
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Re: 13 Grammatical Mistakes That Instantly Reveal People's Ignorance by rawpadgin(m): 8:17am On Oct 07, 2017
it's okay
thanks

even though English ain't my language
Re: 13 Grammatical Mistakes That Instantly Reveal People's Ignorance by shurley22(f): 8:18am On Oct 07, 2017
Educative
Re: 13 Grammatical Mistakes That Instantly Reveal People's Ignorance by DanielsParker(m): 8:18am On Oct 07, 2017
seen this.
Re: 13 Grammatical Mistakes That Instantly Reveal People's Ignorance by datola: 8:18am On Oct 07, 2017
Grammar, grammar

Grammar no be money

Grammar, grammar

Grammar NO BE MY LANGUAGE!

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Re: 13 Grammatical Mistakes That Instantly Reveal People's Ignorance by dustydee: 8:18am On Oct 07, 2017
People confusing your and you're is the most annoying to me.

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Re: 13 Grammatical Mistakes That Instantly Reveal People's Ignorance by ugochukwufrenzy(m): 8:18am On Oct 07, 2017
who english epp?..people are complaining dat d normadic ugu at aso rock has turned nigeria to chad.nd u are talking english...op,sense fall on u,upon u nd below u

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Re: 13 Grammatical Mistakes That Instantly Reveal People's Ignorance by Ayo4251(m): 8:19am On Oct 07, 2017
Some do not even know how to use 'has' and 'have'
Re: 13 Grammatical Mistakes That Instantly Reveal People's Ignorance by Finstar: 8:20am On Oct 07, 2017
I Know all this already. Can you give us something else? undecided

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Re: 13 Grammatical Mistakes That Instantly Reveal People's Ignorance by Bryan12(m): 8:20am On Oct 07, 2017
Nice one!
Re: 13 Grammatical Mistakes That Instantly Reveal People's Ignorance by DanielsParker(m): 8:21am On Oct 07, 2017
jaszplus12:
nowadays "am" has replaced "i'm"!
it's absolutely wrong to write "am fine" rather it's "I'm fine"
same also for "I use(d) to see him everyday" rather it's "I see him everyday"
"I used to use baking powder for ...." rather it's "I use baking powder for...."
more from others please...
thanks op for brightening my grammar this Saturday morning!

"I see him everyday". This is present continuous .

what if you usually see him everyday but not anymore?

can you express that in a past tense?

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Re: 13 Grammatical Mistakes That Instantly Reveal People's Ignorance by AlexCk: 8:22am On Oct 07, 2017
Nice,

But honestly, English language sometimes get ish.
I've seen some people argue this

I'll could be i will, or i shall
I'd could be i would or i should

But i think the former (i will, i would) is more appropriate,

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Re: 13 Grammatical Mistakes That Instantly Reveal People's Ignorance by chrisxxx(m): 8:22am On Oct 07, 2017
'What about my names are'?

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Re: 13 Grammatical Mistakes That Instantly Reveal People's Ignorance by MasterofNL: 8:23am On Oct 07, 2017
Dandegeneral please clarify on "Being" & "Been."

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Re: 13 Grammatical Mistakes That Instantly Reveal People's Ignorance by Empredboy(m): 8:24am On Oct 07, 2017
DANDeGENERAL:
people’s

All it takes is a single tweet or text for some people to reveal their poor grasp of the English language.Homophones — words that sound alike but are spelled differently — can be particularly pesky.Regardless, you should never choose incorrectly in these nine situations:

1. ‘YOUR’ VS. ‘YOU’RE’“Your” is a possessive pronoun, while “you’re” is a contraction of “you are.”Example 1: You’re pretty.Example 2: Give me some of your whiskey.

2. ‘IT’S’ VS. ‘ITS’Normally, an apostrophe symbolizes possession, as in, “I took the dog’s bone.” But because apostrophes also replace omitted letters — as in “don’t” — the “it’s” vs. “its” decision gets complicated.Use “its” as the possessive pronoun and “it’s” for the shortened version of “it is.”Example 1: The dog chewed on its bone.Example 2: It’s raining

3. ‘THEN’ VS. ‘THAN’“Then” conveys time, while “than” is used for comparison.Example 1: We left the party and then went home.Example 2: We would rather go home than stay at the party.

4. ‘THERE’ VS. ‘THEY’RE’ VS. ‘THEIR’“There” is a location. “Their” is a possessive pronoun. And “they’re” is a contraction of “they are.”Use them wisely.

5. ‘WE’RE’ VS. ‘WERE’“We’re” is a contraction of “we are” and “were” is the past tense of “are.”

6. ‘AFFECT’ VS. ‘EFFECT’“Affect” is a verb and “effect” is a noun.There are, however, rare exceptions. For example, someone can “effect change” and “affect” can be a psychological symptom.Example: How did that affect you?Example: What effect did that have on you?

7. ‘TWO’ VS. ‘TOO’ VS. ‘TO’“Two” is a number.“To” is a preposition. It’s used to express motion, although often not literally, toward a person, place, or thing.And “too” is a synonym for “also.”

8. ‘INTO’ VS. ‘IN TO’“Into” is a preposition that indicates movement or transformation, while “in to,” as two separate words, does not.Example: We drove the car into the lake.Example: I turned my test in to the teacher.In the latter example, if you wrote “into,” you’re implying you literally changed your test into your teacher.

9. ‘ALOT’“Alot” isn’t a word. This phrase is always two separate words: a lot.

10. ‘WHO’ VS. ‘WHOM’Use “who” to refer to the subject of a sentence and “whom” to refer to the object of the verb or preposition. Shortcut: Remember that who does it to whom.Example: Who ate my sandwich?Example: Whom should I ask?

11. ‘WHOSE’ VS. ‘WHO’S’Use “whose” to assign ownership to someone and “who’s” as the contraction of “who is.”Example: Whose backpack is on that table?Example: Who’s going to the movies tonight?
12. ‘I’ VS. ‘ME’Use “I” when you are the subject of a sentence and “me” when you are the object.Example: John and I went to the store to buy some food.Example: The cashier handed the groceries to John and me.

13. ‘PEAK’ VS. ‘PIQUE’Use “peak” when describing the highest point or maximum value and “pique” when you are talking about stimulating curiosity.Example: I hiked to the peak of the mountain.Example: The fascinating prior experience her résumé piqued my interest.
Correct your English op
No3 , how can you say "and then" at the same time. It should be "then" leave "and" out if it.

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Re: 13 Grammatical Mistakes That Instantly Reveal People's Ignorance by Terrence15115: 8:24am On Oct 07, 2017
The most annoying is the use of 'Am' for 'I'm'.

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Re: 13 Grammatical Mistakes That Instantly Reveal People's Ignorance by Ohcanada(m): 8:24am On Oct 07, 2017
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Re: 13 Grammatical Mistakes That Instantly Reveal People's Ignorance by SWYM(m): 8:24am On Oct 07, 2017
Conquered people

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Re: 13 Grammatical Mistakes That Instantly Reveal People's Ignorance by Ohcanada(m): 8:25am On Oct 07, 2017
Ugaboy:
Let me come and go and attend this seminar

I hope it's not a mistake
why is thunder coming out of the poster
Re: 13 Grammatical Mistakes That Instantly Reveal People's Ignorance by OROSUNBOLB(m): 8:26am On Oct 07, 2017
Bede2u:
You forgot 'been' and 'being'. This is very common among nairalanders flaties and afonjas alike.
They be like ''Ya I have being there before'' or ''You are been stupid'' I dey laugh any time I see the mumu mix up

You're truly correct. This saddens me anytime I see it.

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Re: 13 Grammatical Mistakes That Instantly Reveal People's Ignorance by MrPresident1: 8:27am On Oct 07, 2017
Am for I'm nko? angry

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