It is important to write without committing any grammatical errors. When you receive a letter or email with grammatical errors and typos in it, do you take it seriously? Probably not. Any written document, email and letter with typos and grammatical errors in it will create problems for you. E-mails are so quick and easy to write and send, that we do not give any attention to it. And that may cost us a lot. We commit a lot of grammatical blunders unknowingly. Committing grammatical blunders while writing content is a grave mistake, and it may impact your content marketing business negatively.
Content writing is a budding stream and there are numerous possibilities for growth in this business. Good content is needed in every business today, for websites, social media marketing, and publishing. There is no space for grammatical blunders. Everyone needs grammatically correct content without any typos. Writers should try and avoid any such mistakes while writing content for content marketing. To save oneself from such errors, one must be aware of it. Here is the list of 8 most common blunders that writers commit unknowingly :
They’re vs. Their vs. There
The most common grammatical mistake that people make is the use of wrong words in the sentences. Writers often get confused between ‘They’re’, ‘Their’, and ‘There’. They often misuse these words and juggle them up with each other. So, understanding the difference between all the three, and implementing it in your writing is important to avoid grammatical errors.
‘They’re’ is a contraction of ‘“They are”, Their refers to something owned by a group, and there refers to a place. Now that you know the difference between the three, just make sure that you use them correctly.
Your vs. You’re
Writers often commit this grammatical blunder and confuse between the two while writing. The difference between the two is owning something versus actually being something. ‘Your’ is possessive and it means owning something, on the other hand, ‘You’re’ is a contraction of “You are”. The meaning of two words is completely different, but they look similar and that creates the confusion in the mind of the writer and readers. It is very important for the writer to make sure that they’re using the right word at the right place.
Its vs. It’s
This one tends to confuse even the best of writers. Writers often get confused between Its and It’s, and commit the mistake of using the wrong one in a sentence. They should avoid such mistakes at all costs. Its is possessive and It’s is a contraction of “It is”. Both the words look alike but they have very different meanings.
Affect vs. Effect
You would believe that you understand the difference between these until it comes time for you to use one in a sentence. Most people confuse them when they’re talking about ‘something bringing about a change in another thing’. ‘Effect’ will be used as a noun, when you’re talking about the change itself. ‘Affect’ will be used as a verb, when you’re talking about the act of changing. Understanding the play of verb and noun is important here. Writers should keep the context of the sentence in mind while using affect or effect.
Who vs. Whom vs. Whose vs. Who’s
All these words look alike, and their similar looks play an important role in confusing the writer. So, let’s break it down. Who is used to identify a living pronoun. Whom is a little trickier. It’s usually used to describe someone who’s receiving something, but it can also be used to describe someone on the receiving end of an action. Whose is used to assign ownership to someone. Who’s is a contraction of “who is”, it is used to identify a living being.
Peek vs. Peak vs. Pique
Writers know what these words mean, but the look of these words can easily trick the writer to commit a grammatical blunder. Peek means taking a quick look at something, Peak is a sharp point, and Pique means to provoke or instigate. The only way to use the right word at the right place is to pay attention to details. If you’re using any of these words in your writing, wait and think for a moment.
Lose vs. Loose
Writers often mix up Lose and Loose, just because they’re spelled so similarly. Writers understand that the meaning of both the words is completely different but unknowingly commit an error by using the wrong word in a sentence. Lose is a verb that means to ‘unable to find something or someone’, to ‘fail to win’, or to ‘fail to keep’. On the other hand, Loose is an adjective that refers to something not tightly fastened or held.
Compliment vs. Complement
The reason writers get confused between these two words is that these words have the same pronunciation. Same pronunciation makes them easy to be mixed up. The word compliment refers to an expression of praise, as a noun or to express admiration for someone as a verb. Complement, on the other hand, means that if something “complement” something else, then it completes it, or enhances it. It’s a little tricky to understand, using these words is even trickier. Writers should use these words carefully in the proper context and at the right places.
These common grammatical blunders can be avoided if one pays enough attention and has the proper knowledge of these words and their implementation. Follow the guidelines given above and you will never commit these mistakes again.