I love to write!
Despite the fact I spell so poorly that spell check can’t always help me and that the rules of English grammar have always escaped me, I persevere.
Writing is a big part of marketing for the solo-preneur. From blogging to articles to social media updates, written communication and information sharing is key to our success.
If you’re like me you may need a little help.
“Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation” by Lynne Truss has become a much need resource (along side my dictionary) when I write.
Here are 10 Common Grammar Mistakes that I’m learning to correct
- It’s versus Its – it’s means it is, its means belonging to it
- Apostrophes – will make a word possessive, it NEVER makes the word plural.
- Well versus Good – well is an adverb that describes the verb, while good is an adjective and it describes the noun.words
- A lot – a lot spelled as two words means many, allot means to distribute, alot DOES NOT exist as a word in the English language.
- Me and I – The best way to figure this one out is to remove the other party from the sentence. Which ever sounds correct is the one you use.
- You’re versus Your – Here’s a biggie! You’re means you are, your means belonging to you
- They’re, There, Their – They’re means they are, there means there, and their means belonging to them.
- Who and Whom – who = he/she and whom = him/her. The answer will provide the clue
- Split Infinitives – “Try to not split an infinitive.”
- Principal is a pal; principle is a rule
Do you have a favorite grammar rule? Please share.