Language fanatics like you and I pay incredible attention to our grammar and punctuation and we expect everyone should do the same. Alas, there are people out there who just hate what we love; grammar and punctuation, and go about mindless of language, throwing grave mistakes here and there. And that’s why we have the grammar police. They go on patrols all over the internet and hunt down people who make spelling and grammar mistakes. Below are some of the mistakes they caught.Continue reading “The Worst Grammar And Spelling Fails Caught By The Grammar Police.”
For wordsmiths like us, we pay great attention to how people speak and write. We analyze how people articulate certain sounds and how they put words together and sometimes just marvel at what comes out of their mouths. But other times, we suppress this irresistible urge to correct some of the dumbest mistakes that most people make, because they butchered the thing we love most, which is language. We, of course, don’t correct them, because we know prescriptivism is a crime. But that doesn’t mean that their mistakes don’t drive us nuts. They do, to the point of madness. Here is a list of some of these mistakes. Do let us know which of these mistakes irritate you.Continue reading “23 Subtle Grammar Errors That Most People Still Make.”
One of the moments that stick with us as language learners are the mistakes we make while we try to speak a second language. It’s undeniable that you can’t speak a language without making mistakes here and there, and that’s how we learn after all. But, sometimes we make some really embarrassing mistakes that haunt us for the rest of our lives. It is for this reason that you are reading this article. Because we’ve asked our followers at The Language Nerds about the embarrassing mistakes they have made while speaking a second language and they provided responses that will make your day. Have a great read ?!Continue reading “People Share The Most Embarrassing Mistakes They Made While Speaking a Second Language and it’s Hilarious.”
Never underestimate what a typo can do to you. Some typos pass under the radar sometimes, while others put you in a really bad place. We’ve asked our followers at The Language Nerds about some of the typos they made that had disastrous effects and their responses had been nothing short of hilarious. Let’s have a look at them together.Continue reading “13 People Share Typos That Put Them In Very Embarrassing Situations.”
Many of us get into the habit of making writing mistakes either because of unawareness on our part or just mere sloppiness. Many of these mistakes affect the way readers perceive our pieces of writing; foolish typos can make the difference between a great first impression and a tainted one. We at The Language Nerds took the liberty to collect the most common mistakes that the majority of people tend to make and we want you to watch out for them so that there is nothing to worry about when you want to apply for your next job or when you want to email your boss. So let’s see what we’ve got!
1. Fewer vs. Less
This one is tricky but easy to avoid. Use fewer when you can count the number of things being discussed. “Fewer than the required number of people passed the test.” Use less when describing intangible concepts, like time. “It took me less time to complete the paper.”
2. Which vs. That
This one is not entirely easy to spot. There are two ways to remember whether to use which or that in a sentence.
First, if you can remove the phrase and not change the meaning of the sentence, use which; if you can’t remove it without changing the meaning of the sentence, use that. You can dump the “whiches”. Let’s see this in examples. “The report, which contained several lovely images, was well received.” Take out “which contained several images” and the sentence still makes sense. But, in this second example: “Reports that contain images are more easily understood.” Take out “that contain images” and this sentence doesn’t make much sense.
Another simple way to look at this is if the phrase is offset by commas, it should contain which. If you don’t need commas, it can be that.
3. Into vs. In to
If you think that into is just a combination of in and to, you are mistaken, as was I. Into always indicates movement. “I walked into the office twenty minutes late.” In and to, however, can be used in lots of different ways that have no relation to movement. “I was called in to go over the reports.”
4. Like vs. Such as
In conversational, spontaneous speech, we use like for pretty much everything. But technically, it’s not always correct. When you use like, you are comparing two things that are alike. For example, “My stupid dog barks like every other dog.” But when you are giving examples, you should use such as: “My stupid dog has many annoying qualities, such as his tendency to bark loudly late in the night.”
5. Me vs. I
This is a classic mistake. Many people get confused about when to use me and I. Both are pronouns, but one is used when it’s the subject of a sentence — the one doing the action — and the other when it’s the object — the one being acted on.
If you say, “I love cake” the word I is the subject, and cake is the object. Unless you are Cookie Monster, you would never say, “Me love cake.” If you say, “Cookie Monster loves me.” the word me is the object, the thing being loved. The same goes for her and him and they and them. One case that trips people up is the phrase, “Between you and me” or “Between him and me.” In this case, between is a preposition (like up, on, at, or around) and the pronouns are the objects of that preposition, so it is correct to say me instead of I.
6. Advise vs. Advice
To advise someone is to give them advice. Advise, with an S, is the verb, while advice, with a C, is the noun. To avoid this mistake remember that advisors advise; it helps to remember which is the verb. (A note of advice: as I was writing that previous sentence, Grammarly and spell check marked “advise” as incorrect! So even the grammar checker can be wrong in this one.)
Stay with us for more language tips. Thank you for reading the article. If you think it will benefit someone, don’t forget to share it. Have a blessed day 🙂