Although writing world is extremely accommodating and forgiving towards new writers, there are a few grammatical mistakes that irk even the most patient and saint-like readers and writers – the grammar pet peeves. Grammar is an essential tool in every walk of life and we are judged all the time about how we use our words. Even the best of us make silly grammatical mistakes that might make us a laughing stock.
The grammar pet peeves are the grammatical mistakes that even the best of content writers make unknowingly because we’ve grown up watching people make the same mistakes around us. It’s high time we acquaint ourselves with these mistakes and avoid making them as much as possible. So, here’s a list of top six grammar pet peeves that irk everyone.
Where are we going to?
Well, using an unnecessary proposition at the end of a sentence never helped anyone sound intelligent, it actually does the complete opposite of it. In the sentence “Where are we going to?”, the “to” at the end serves no purpose at all, and it just hangs there sounding awkward. Removing the “to” from the end of the sentence, makes no change to the meaning of the sentence, though it makes the sentence sound way better.
I feel badly.
No, you don’t. You might drive badly, or dance badly but you cannot feel badly. The emotion when you feel unhappy or unwell is bad. So, don’t make the silly mistake of using badly in a sentence expressing your emotion. Instead, try using bad. “I feel bad” is a totally acceptable sentence.
Me vs I
Well, this is a tricky one. One of the most common grammatical errors that people make is confusing Me with I. To give you a context, I is a subject, a doer of action; me is an object, a receiver of action.“My brother and I went to the zoo” is correct. “I bought popcorn for my brother and I” is not. The easiest way to get it right is to take the other person out of the sentence, and then check for yourself which sounds better: “I bought popcorn for I” or “I bought popcorn for me”.
Less vs Fewer
The words less and fewer make another tricky pair. “I have fewer friends than before I wrote this list” is correct. “I have less friends than before I wrote this list” is not. There’s a very thin line between the two, and that’s why people usually get confused and end up using the wrong one at the wrong place. A simple trick to remember the correct usage of less and fewer is, the things that you can count, like your friends, for those sentences you can use fewer. But for things like your money or candies that cannot be counted, the word you need is less.
Moot point vs mute point
It’s the silliest mistake that people make. The meaning of the words are pole apart, but the similarity in their spelling is what confuses people, and they end up using the wrong word in the wrong place. A moot point is an irrelevant question or a matter that holds no importance. Mute, on the other hand, means silent, refraining from speech or utterance.
Of instead of have
“Should of”, “could of”, “would of” is not correct. This is the most irksome mistake that people make. “Should of” instead of “should have” came into use because they sound alike, but they are not similar at all. So, refrain from using of with should, would, and could.
Now that you understand these grammatical mistakes, try to avoid them at all costs. If you wish to acquaint yourself with more grammatical mistakes that writers make unknowingly, check out our blog- 8 grammatical blunders that writers commit unknowingly!