9 Common Grammar Mistakes

At Omnilingua we have robust processes in place to make sure that we only deliver quality technical translations, whatever the language or market place.

As we’re in the business of language, we perhaps notice grammar mistakes more in our everyday lives.

Here are just nine grammar errors we come across regularly:

1) Your | You’re

Your indicates belonging to/in your possession.

You’re in full is you are.

2) ContinualContinuous

Continual means something with obvious lapses in time that’s always occurring. The definition of continuous is something without an interruption or pause.

3) Who | Whom

Who is the subject of a verb. For example: “The person doing the action”.

Whom refers referring to the object of a sentence. For example: ” Whom do you like?

4) Its | It’s

It’s is short for it is or it has.

For example: “I took my daughter’s bike to the shop to be repaired.”

“Its” as the possessive pronoun: “I took its bell in only.”

5) Which | That

Use which if the sentence doesn’t need the clause that the word in question is connecting. Use that if it does. For example:

“I recommend you eat vegetables every day, which are available in the local supermarket at the end of the road.”

“I don’t eat vegetables that aren’t locally-sourced.”

6) Because | Since

Because refers to the action of doing something, since refers to time.

7) Fewer | Less

Few and fewer are for things you can count or quantify. Less is reserved for hypothetical quantities.

8) Effect | Affect

Effect is almost always a noun.

For example: “The effect can be positive”.

Affect is mainly used as a verb. For example: “The cold is affecting my skin”.

9) Farther | Further

Further should be reserved for abstract lengths you can’t always measure. The word farther means a measurable distance.

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