I previously wrote a post titled 10 Commin Grammer Mistackes That Which Make Yourself Look Like a Idiot...lol (somebody actually wrote to tell me that I spelled "mistake" incorrectly) and I got a lot of positive responses from it. In addition to the ten I previously wrote about, there are five other basic mistakes that I've been noticing.
In the interest of helping those who need it and easing my irritation, I'm going to list those common mistakes:
5.) Past vs Passed
The word past refers to time and can be a noun, adjective or preposition.
- Noun (what has already happened): "I've read that in the past."
- Adjective (gone by or ended): "This past week was a busy one."
- Preposition (beyond or by): "I ran past three joggers today."
The word passed is a verb and refers to motion. It is the past tense of pass.
- "I passed all of my exams today."
- "Jim hit me in the head when he passed the ball to me."
4.) Than vs Then
The word than is used to compare.
- Greg is taller than I am. *(And he likes to talk about it all the time)
The word then is used to indicate time, next in order and in that case
- "Prices were lower then."
- "I read two chapters of my book then went to sleep."
- "If you want to go with me, then you'll have to help pay for gas."
3.) Yeah, Yea, Ya
The word yeah is the casual form of yes.
- Yeah, I'll be there on time.
The word yea is a dated way of saying yes and is mainly used for voting. It is the opposite of, and rhymes with, "nay." "Aye" is more commonly used.
- Let the record show that Senator Burris voted yea."
The word ya can technically mean "yes," but more commonly it means "you" (rhymes with duh).
- I'll be seeing ya.
- Yeah, I'll see ya at the store.
2.) Awe vs Aww
This mistake has been more and more prevalent lately.
Awe is an adjective indicating wonder or amazement.
- I am in awe of the size of that Christmas tree.
Aww is an exclamation provoked by something cute or sad (sometimes extra 'w's are added for emphasis).
- Aww, isn't that puppy cute!
- Awww, that's sad that you failed the test.
*Remember, you cannot use the word awe as an exclamation. Think of awe-struck or shock and awe.
1.) Lie vs Lay
Lie means to recline.
- "I need to lie down."
Lay means to put or place. It's a transitive verb, which means you need both a subject AND an object.
- "You can lay your coat on my bed."
*Two sentences that help me remember this: People lie. Lay it on me.
Of course, it does get a little tricker in the past tense because the word lay is the past tense of the word lie (laid is the past tense of lay):
- "Yesterday I lay in bed for three hours. Today I'm only going to lie in bed for two hours."
****Definitely is the most common misspelled word in the English language. It is NOT definately.
- "There definitely is not an 'a' in the word definitely."
What common mistakes do you see on a daily basis that frustrate you?