Writing Grammar Mistakes To Avoid

These grammar blunders are a common occurrence in blog writing. These mistakes make me cringe, and I refuse to read any further. Are you turning off readers with your syntax errors? These are the top blog writing mistakes. Make sure to check them out before you start blogging!

The Run-On Sentence

Your idea of a sentence that is long and complex looks like this:

I love peas, carrots, and dancing. I look forward to the weekend and have learned a lot.

It might surprise you that a run-on sentence does not have to contain more than one “and” or conjunction. And it doesn’t need to sound like it “runs on”. Run-on sentences are usually very short.

Example run-on: After waiting for weeks, our shipment finally arrived today.

Yes, it’s a run-on. This sentence is run-on because it doesn’t contain a comma before “and”. The two sentences could be read as separate sentences.

  • “We have been waiting for our shipment for weeks” is an utterly ridiculous sentence
  • It just arrived today is a complete sentence.

Both could “stand-alone” as independent clauses. If this is the case, you should always use a period before your conjunction (in this example, “and”). These are the Coordinating conjunctions: but, and, so, or yet, for, and.

How can we fix this? Add a comma to the end!

After waiting for our shipment for several weeks, it finally arrived today.

Not using a comma is not recommended when the sides cannot stand on their own. There is no comma in the following example: We waited for our shipment for weeks and still have not received it. It would help if you did not use a comma because “still nothing” does NOT represent a complete sentence.

Apostrophe Katastrophe

Many great writers fall prey to apostrophes. Make sure to use your apostrophe when you start writing your blog. These are some guidelines that will help you do this quickly.

The apostrophe is always used to denote ownership. This rule is the best you can follow.

  • Mary’s email… (Mary has it, so add the apostrophe after Mary).
  • Website of my client…
  • Last night’s game…
  • The sneakers of the two boys… (The boys have it, so add the apostrophe after them)
  • The school for children…
  • The toys of the children… (More than 1 kid has toys).
  • The toys of a child… (One child owns toys).

S apostrophe or apostrophe S

  • The boy who owns the game is the boy.
  • It is the boy game if two boys own it.
  • Two boys own a game. They are the games.

Possessive nouns DO NOT require an apostrophe. Nouns are the generic ones (he, she/her, it, me and so on).

Possessive pronouns – mine, yours. His, hers. It ours. Theirs

  • INCORRECT: It is hers.
  • CORRECT: This is hers.
  • INCORRECT: Is it yours?
  • CORRECT: Is it yours?

NOTE: It’s = It Is (or It Has), ALWAYS

This is a common mistake. It’s the same thing as “she” and “he” going “she’s” to “he’s,” but “it” doesn’t change form upon possession, so it’s often misunderstood.

  • INCORRECT: The venue will host its grand opening.
  • CORRECT: The grand opening will be catered.
  • It’s always been it. This would be great if it could flash in flashing lights.

You’re Mixup

You own it = yours

You are = you are

RIGHT:

You have outstayed your welcome.

You are welcome at any time.

WRONG:

You are all amazing readers.

Corrected

TIP: Be careful when you blog from your phone. Many mobile keyboards will “autocorrect” or change your spelling to match yours.

Note: An apostrophe is not necessary if something is yours. You can never call something “yours.” ”

Quote Conundrum

Punctuation almost always follows the quotes. It’s like a salesman saying, “Buy our quotations and we’ll throw in the punctuation free!”

CORRECT

  • Although not perfect, the website is very well designed.
  • He thought it would take a lot of work.
  • He said, “This is an exciting occasion.”

Question Marks…

Because there are exceptions, such as the question mark, I say “almost” A question mark, whether inside or outside of quotes, is the best punctuation. Check out the examples below.

  • If the question is in the quoted portion, the? If the quoted part is a question, the?
    • Many people wonder, “Where do you start?”
  • If the question is in the non-quoted portion of the sentence, but the quotations end it, the? If the question is in quotations, then the?
    • Did he say specifically, “I don’t like how it looks”?
  • The? is used if both quoted and unquoted are questions. If both quoted and unquoted are questions, the? Goes inside.
    • Do you wonder, “Where do i start?”
  • Use:or ; outside of the quotations if you are using them
    • The phrase “Contact us” can be understood in three ways: calling, emailing or using Facebook messages.

This vs. Which Confusion

WRONG:

You should choose the one that best describes you.

Corrected

This: “That” COMPLETES YOUR THINK. It gives important information about what you are saying.

  • The paper on the table can be used.
  • The ticket with my number was drawn.
  • First, she picked an apple that had been bruised.

 

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