7 Commonly Made Grammatical Mistakes– Clarified

Karishma Govil , 11 Apr 2018
Your or You're (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)
Your or You’re (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)

English is so interesting. While it is a universal language, not many understand the different words and how changing the spelling or conjugation of it could completely change the meaning of a sentence. Also, so many words are pronounced and spelt the same way but have different meanings. Like ‘leaves’ could mean from a plant or someone exiting a room. The word ‘right’ could be a direction or someone who isn’t wrong. There are so many examples. Today, we’ve got you a list of common grammatical mistakes we make while writing since they could be confusing. We’ve clarified them for you right here with the words and their explanations.

1. Your/You’re

Your: This indicates something that belongs to the other person
Example: Is this your cupcake?

You’re: This is short for ‘You are’
Example: You’re really sweet.

Than or Then (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)
Than or Then (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)

2. Then/Than

Then: Is when one thing is followed by another. Like a sequence of situations.
Example: We will go to the church and then to the factory.

Than: Is like a comparison
Example: This is more expensive than the other shop.

3. Its/It’s

Its: indicates a thing that belongs to another that isn’t masculine or feminine.
Example: The cat is licking its tail.

It’s: This is short for ‘It is’.
Example: It’s really hot today.

4. Who/Whom

Who: This refers to the subject of a sentence.
Example: Who should I suspect?

Whom: This refers to the object of the sentence.
Example: Whom should I invite to the party?

Who or Whom (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)
Who or Whom (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)

5. Of/Off

Of: This indicates relationships between other words
Example: She picked up a piece of cake

Off: Is the opposite of on
Example: The light is switched off.

6. To/Too

To: This is used in the infinitive form of a verb
Example: I’m going to travel.

Too: This means ‘also’
Example: She will be there too.

7. Their/They’re

Their: This indicates that something belongs to them.
Example: This is their house.

They’re: This is short for ‘They are’
Example: They’re really so sweet.

These are common mistakes that can easily be rectified. And we understand how confusing it could get. Now you can use these words confidently without second-guessing if you’ve used them right.

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