15 Common Mistakes while writing English
Here are some common mistakes people often make while constructing sentences in English, along with tips on how to avoid them:
- Subject-Verb Agreement:
- Mistake: Using the wrong verb form that doesn’t match the subject in terms of number (singular/plural).
- Solution: Make sure the verb agrees with the subject in terms of number. For example, “He walks” (singular) vs. “They walk” (plural).
- Tense Confusion:
- Mistake: Mixing up different tenses within the same sentence or paragraph.
- Solution: Stick to a consistent tense throughout a sentence or paragraph unless there’s a clear reason to change it.
- Incorrect Word Order:
- Mistake: Placing words in the wrong order, which can affect the sentence’s meaning or readability.
- Solution: Ensure that the order of subject, verb, and object follows the standard pattern. For questions, use the correct order as well.
- Misusing Homophones:
- Mistake: Using words that sound the same but have different meanings (homophones) interchangeably.
- Solution: Double-check the meanings of words like “their” vs. “there” or “it’s” vs. “its” to ensure you’re using the correct one.
- Run-On Sentences and Fragments:
- Mistake: Creating long sentences without proper punctuation or breaking sentences into incomplete fragments.
- Solution: Break down long sentences into smaller ones if necessary. Ensure that each sentence has a subject and a verb.
- Confusing “Its” and “It’s”:
- Mistake: Using “its” when “it’s” (contraction of “it is” or “it has”) is needed, and vice versa.
- Solution: Remember that “it’s” is a contraction, while “its” is a possessive pronoun.
- Incorrect Use of Prepositions:
- Mistake: Using prepositions in the wrong context or using the wrong preposition altogether.
- Solution: Consult a grammar guide or dictionary to ensure you’re using the appropriate preposition for your sentence.
- Dangling Modifiers:
- Mistake: Starting a sentence with a descriptive word or phrase that doesn’t logically modify the subject of the sentence.
- Solution: Make sure that descriptive phrases are placed near the noun they’re meant to modify.
- Lack of Parallelism:
- Mistake: Using different grammatical structures in a list, making it unclear and awkward.
- Solution: Keep items in a list parallel in structure. For example, “She likes swimming, running, and to play tennis.”
- Misplaced Modifiers:
- Mistake: Putting descriptive words or phrases in a sentence in a way that makes the sentence’s meaning unclear or ambiguous.
- Solution: Place modifiers close to the words they modify to avoid confusion.
- Using Unnecessary Words:
- Mistake: Including unnecessary words that don’t add meaning to the sentence.
- Solution: Keep your sentences clear and concise by removing words that don’t contribute to the message.
To improve your sentence construction skills, it’s helpful to proofread your writing carefully and, if possible, get feedback from others. Additionally, reading widely and practicing regularly can help you become more comfortable and proficient in constructing correct and coherent sentences.
Here are few examples :-
1. He has grey hairs.
2. What is time in your watch.
3. He did not wrote the letter.
4. I cannot cope up with this pressure.
5. The list of items are on the desk.
6. When I was small I loved chocolates.
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