Quick Grammar Tips

I’ve collected some helpful links that explain common grammar mistakes. I see these errors everywhere, not just in personal blogs and on social media, but often in national newspapers and magazines. Sometimes they even pop up on websites about writing!

Your word processor’s spell check might not catch these errors (because technically the word is spelled correctly), so quickly scan your document to see if you’re guilty of any of the following:

It’s vs. Its
Beautiful in its simplicity: Its not It’s/It’s not Its
See what I did there? If you think my first sentence looks like it’s missing an apostrophe, read the provided link and then read that sentence again.

Their They’re There
They’re going to see their mother, who is standing over there. Grammar Monster – there their they’re

You’re and Your
Your frequent misuse of grammar makes it seem like you’re not as skilled at writing or attention to detail as you indicated in your resume and cover letter. youryoure.com

Lose vs. Loose
When I lose weight, my trousers and skirts feel loose. Towson University – lose/loose

When to use an apostrophe (and when NOT to)
I have two cats. My younger cat’s favourite way to drink water is out of my husband’s glass. The Oatmeal.com – apostrophe
Grammar Monster – apostrophe error with plurals

Improper use of quotation marks
I don’t have a good sentence example for this one, but have a look at the explanations here and here, and then go to the “blog” of “unnecessary” quotation marks for plenty of examples and some high quality snark.

Further reading:

Business Insider – The 11 Most Common Grammatical Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Copyblogger.com – 15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly

Grammar Girl

The Oatmeal.com has a handy poster for quick reference, and I would be completely remiss in my duties both as as a grammar nerd and pop culture fiend if I didn’t share the awesome  “Weird Al” Yankovic – Word Crimes video with you.

From time to time I post interesting articles about grammar slip-ups, language issues or word choices that I have found in my own online research, usually while I am reviewing a document or see a typo in something I am reading. You can find them on my Facebook page.

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