Common mistakes in English grammar that most people make


You may think that grammar in the English language is difficult and complicated, and also the rules of speaking and writing many are not worth the effort. But a study last year by the Society for Human Resource Management shows that 45% of employees intend to increase their grammar training and other language skills. (meaning they are not satisfied with the current level) So it doesn’t matter how much you say as much as how important it is how you say it, especially in a professional environment. Here we collect the most famous mistakes that individuals may encounter in the normal conversation or in the official conversation in the work office.

mistakes in english grammar

1- Use fewer instead of less

You can use fewer when talking about countable things, for example

Use less when talking about intangible concepts (you cannot count) such as time

2- Use “It’s” instead. “Its

Usually the apostrophe (‘) denotes the possessive comma, such as

“I took the dog’s bone.”

Also, to indicate negation , “its”  is used as an absent possessive pronoun, such as,

“I took its bone.”

3- Descriptive modification

There is disagreement about the presence of participle provisions at the beginning or end of a sentence, which often do not change the correct meaning of the sentence or word. For example, it is wrong to say

 “Rotting in the refrigerator, our office manager threw the fruit in the garbage.”

  The syntax shows that the office manager is so lazy that he throws cold fruit in the fridge.

So be sure to modify the condition clause next to the word or term you intend to describe, so the correct way is,

Our office manager threw the fruit, rotting in the refrigerator, in the garbage.”

4- Use the relative pronoun who instead of whom

whom is used to denote the object, and who was in the past used to denote the subject only, but recently it has become denoting the subject and the object, and therefore say who is used now because who has become replacing it more often. The pronoun who is used is a pronoun that represents the subject of the subject, while the pronoun whom replaces the object and we use it when we want to ask about the person who did the action.

5- Using I, my self, me

We use I  (I) when you are the subject and me  when you are the subject. As for myself   , it is a pronoun that reflects on yourself. For example

Me  is used  when you and another person are in a certain situation, such as me and a colleague who went to lunch.

6- Using lie instead of laying or laying.

My dears, stop saying   “I’m going to go lay down.”

 (lay)  This verb must have an object in the sentence. Like, someone put something somewhere. Here we explain the difference when using lie  and lay and decluttering   each of them

lie   in present tense and past lay

The present lay and the  past laid

7 – irregular verbs (irregular)

There are a few surprises in the English language. We cannot identify all irregular verbs in the conjugation. But we are always aware of it. For example, there is no conjugation for broadcast in the past, but you can say   “Yesterday, CNN broadcast a show.”

Hang (hang) and sneak (to sneak) also fall under the names of these verbs. And because the list of irregular verbs and how to conjugate them is not yet known, you can search for each verb individually.

8- Using “Nor” instead of “Or”

 You use nor  before the second option or between two choices and with neither . While or is used  in negative sentences, not in choices. For example, “Without my coach, I would not have understood the new program.”

9- Using then ( and than ) in the comparison

 Use then  when talking about time. For example, we had a meeting and then we went to lunch. than is always used in comparisons such as, “ This meeting was more productive than the last one.”

10 – End sentences with prepositions.

For example, when saying, “I ran the squirrel (on, by, through, up, down, around) the tree. In some cases, you can put the preposition at the beginning of the sentence, for example

 “My boss explained the mandatory company policy.”

11- Subject pronouns, possessive and emphatic

If the subject is singular, add the s to the verb like, “she types . ” But they are not added when plural like they type . Affirmative pronouns  (his – her)   are added when adding possessive pronouns, such as She types on her computer .