8 Most Common English Grammar Mistakes
The Missing Comma
1. The Missing Comma
A comma is used after an introductory word, phrase, or clause. This gives a pause after the introductory element and delivers the message without confusion. Example: In case you didn't know, I'm on leave next week.
The Apostrophe Catastrophe
2. The Apostrophe Catastrophe
Use "It's" when the word means "It is" or "It has". Example: I don't believe it's been a week! Use "Its" when something is belonging to it. Example: The pillow looks great with its new cover.
The Four W's
3. The Four W's
Now that's tricky. Let's break it down, shall we? "Who" is used to identify a living pronoun. Example: Who baked this cake? "Whom" is used to describe someone on the receiving end of an action. Example: Whom did we hire for the position? "Whose" is used to assign ownership to someone. Example: Whose jacket is this? "Who's" is the contraction of "Who is" or "Who has".
Two Dots Don't Make a Right
4. Two Dots Don't Make a Right
A colon is used after a complete sentence to introduce a word, phrase, clause, list or a quotation. It's used to signal that what follows next will prove or explain the former statement. Example: There's an increase in the number of people taking up online courses for three reasons: learning from the comfort of their home, increase their knowledge and skills at their own pace, boosts their résumé.
What's The Difference?
5. What's The Difference?
They are both the opposite for "more", but the usage is different. Use "Fewer" when the items are countable like books, cars, pens, etc. Example: There are fewer cars in the parking area. Use "Less" when the items are not countable like sand, love, time, etc. Example: This glass has less water.
A Lot Of Alot Mistakes!
6. A Lot Of "Alot" Mistakes!
A lot of people use "Alot" (pun intended), but "Alot" is not a word! Yes, you heard it right. If you want to describe a vast number of things, use "A Lot". Example: I have a lot of things to do. If you allocate or keep a certain portion for something, then you use "allot". Example: I allot two hours a day for learning.
The Spelling Slip-Up
7. The Spelling Slip-Up
They sound exactly the same, but they have very different meaning. "Compliment" is a polite expression of praise or admiration. "Complement" is something that contributes extra features or improves something.
The Semicolon Stumble
8. The Semicolon Stumble
A semicolon connects two independent clauses. The two clauses make sense on their own, but if they're interrelated, you use a semicolon to connect them. Example: Call me tomorrow; I'll let you know by then.

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