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10 embarrassing grammar mistakes you don't want to make

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Today marks National Grammar Day!

We're breaking down ten common grammar mistakes:

1.) Your vs. You're: 

  • "Your" is a possessive pronoun. Example: "your car" or "your dog." 
  • "You're" is a contraction of "you are." Example: "you're smart" or "you're funny." 

2.) Its vs. It's:

  • "Its" is a possessive pronoun. Example: "The company has its event tonight."
  • "It's" is a contraction of "it is." Example: "It's a beautiful day outside." 
3.) Their vs.They're:
  • "They're" is a contraction of "they are." Example: "They're a fun group to sing with." 
  • "Their" is used when you're talking about something a person can possess. Example: "Their house is really beautiful."

4.)Then vs. Than

  • "Than" is used to compare different things. Example: "This is bigger than that."
  • "Then" is used when referring to a point in time or in addition to something. Example: "I didn't know her then." 

5.) Affect vs. Effect: 

  • "Affect" is a verb. Example: "Your ability to communicate clearly will affect your income." 
  • "Effect" most often a noun. Example: "The effect of poor grammar on a person's income is well documented." 

6.) Loose vs. Lose:

  • This one is easy! Example:"If your pants are too loose you will lose your pants!"

7.) Fewer vs. Less:

  • If you can count it, use "fewer." Example: Susan has eaten fewer cupcakes since she started her diet." 
  • If you can't count it, use "less." Example: "Susan has less motivation these days."

8.) Compliment vs. Complement:

  • "Complement" is something that adds to something. Example: Her pink scarf really complements her outfit." 
  • "Compliment" is something nice someone says about you. Example: "I complimented her on her earrings because they were so pretty."


9.) Principle vs. Principal:

  • As a noun, "principal" means the highest in rank. As an adjective, it means the most important of a set. Example: "He is the school principal."
  • "Principle" is a noun meaning a fundamental truth, law or standard. "Driving with a seat belt on is a principle I stand by." 

10.) Historic vs. Historical:

  • "Historic" means an important event. Example: "The Treaty was a historic occasion."
  • "Historical" means something that happened in the past. Example: "We sell historical paintings."
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