10 flagrant grammar mistakes that make you look stoopid

Oh no, you’re thinking. He’s on again about spelling in online communications.

Well, no, not exactly.

Jody Gilbert over at ZDNet UK has posted a top 10 of obvious and yet all-too-common grammar mistakes and how to avoid them.

Some of these drive me absolutely batty (“lose” vs. “loose”, “its” vs. “it’s”) but also point up one or two that I have trouble with (“lie” vs. “lay”).

Odd that “to” vs. “too” vs. “two” wasn’t included. “Definately” is another that drives me over the edge, but since it would be caught by a spell-checker it doesn’t count for this list.

I suggest you go read it. Don’t make me get all Webster on your ass.

(via Lifehacker)


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2 thoughts on “10 flagrant grammar mistakes that make you look stoopid”

  1. 10 points of 10.
    As non-native English speaker (Ukraine is my homeland), I found this article very interesting. Happily, my company’s English Classes teacher requested us to propose new interesting subject for one of the upcoming classes, so I sent him this article for consideration.

    My 3 most flagrant grammar mistakes from the list:

    #4: i.e. for e.g.

    #8 Lay for lie (actually, they have got a misprint here; ‘:’ is missed after ‘#8 ‘)

    #10: Could of, would of for could have, would have

    Actually, I don’t remember whether I used to make these mistakes; I suppose that I did, otherwise I should have been remembered it.

    I hope previous sentence is correct in its ‘should have been’ part ;)

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