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Are you making these common grammar mistakes? These three grammar quick fixes will take your writing from good to even better!
Regardless of your chosen field, grammar is important. The way you speak or write plays a huge role in how you represent yourself to others. As a blogger, grammar contributes to a reader’s first impression of you, as it is your words that are splashed across the screen. Sometimes, grammar mistakes are made unintentionally, whether through habit, lack of proofreading, or just not knowing any better.
When it comes to grammar, I see a number of mistakes being made that are, fortunately, easy to fix. Today, let’s examine three common errors and how to correct them.
Three Grammar Quick Fixes
ONE // Let’s vs. Lets
While let’s and lets share the same root word, these homophones aren’t used in the same instances. They should not be used interchangeably and you shouldn’t always trust your iPhone’s autocorrect functions. Ok, noted. So what’s the difference?
Let’s: A contraction comprised of the words let and us. Use let’s to make a suggestion involving yourself and another person.
Example: Let’s dive into these common grammar mistakes and discover how to fix them!
Lets: The third-person singular form of the verb “let”, a word meaning “to allow”. Use lets to discuss the permission given to you or someone else by a third party.
Example: She lets me borrow her sweater all the time!
When writing about permission you grant to someone else, simply use the word “let”.
TWO // Further vs. Farther
I’ll admit, this is a common mistake that took me some time to grasp onto. Both further and farther measure distance and, but in different ways.
The easiest way to remember the difference between the two is by honing in on the “far” in farther. This word quite literally measures distance.
Example: I ran five miles today! That’s farther than I’ve ever ran before!
The word further measures distance in a figurative way. Don’t discount using the word further when talking about a metaphorical journey.
Example: My journey as a runner has taken me further than I ever imagined. I’m so thankful for all the opportunities that have crossed my path!
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THREE // Then vs. Than
Today’s third common mistake comes (I believe) from the way we speak, sometimes in a rush, and from our lack of proper enunciation. The next time you’re making a comparison or playing a game of “would you rather”, see how quickly you speed through the word than.
Then is used to measure time. Then is also often used as a transition at the beginning of a new sentence or paragraph when giving the steps in a process.
Example: I think we should go to the movies and then go eat.
Another Example: First, order your favorite caffeinated beverage. Next, pay the nice Starbucks barista. Then, close your eyes and sip for the perfect afternoon pick-me-up!
Than is a word used to make a comparison. When comparing and contrasting two things, use than to show the differences. You can also use than to show preference between two or more things.
Example: How is latest Taylor Swift album different than her last one?
Another Example: I would rather have popcorn than candy at the movies.
Have you ever made these common grammar mistakes?
Do you have “writing with style” questions?