15 Grammar No-Nos That Will Make You Look Uneducated

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Have you ever found yourself grappling with a sentence, not because of its complexity or content, but simply due to a bothersome grammatical error? These subtle yet glaring mistakes can disrupt the flow of a text and undermine its clarity.

A user asked on the forum.”What is a grammatical error that bothers you to no end?.”

Here are some responses he got!

LOOSE AND LOSE

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“I can’t handle this one either. I have colleagues with PhDs who make this mistake. It makes me “loose” my mind.”

“I made that error in sixth grade in my science class, and my teacher wrote “Just remember, if you spell lose loose, then you’re a silly goose!” and I think about that a lot.”

ABUSE OF APOSTROPHES

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“The one that seems to have gotten much worse in recent times is its and its.”

“It’s all words that end in a vowel. Taxis, for example. For some reason, people find it abhorrent to put an s after a vowel without an apostrophe.”

OF AND HAVE

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“Would of, could of, should of instead of would have, could have, should have.”

PACIFICALLY INSTEAD OF SPECIFICALLY

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“I had a coworker that would always say “pacifically” instead of specifically.”

LED AND LEAD

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“Lead” (pronounced “led”) is NOT the past tense/participle of the verb “to lead” (pronounced “leed”). It’s “led.” I see this wrong ALL the time now. (e.g., “I was lead to believe.” NO!)

“Of course, “lead” (pronounced “led”) is an element, so that’s where the confusion arises, but still. We all learned the correct way in school.”

IT’S AND ITS

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“Its is the possessive, not it’s.”

WHOM

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“When people try to show off and use “whom” but misuse it.”

“For some reason, I don’t use the word “whom” for the most part. “Who should I give this to?” is wrong, but I keep using it.”

TRAIL TO MEAN TRIAL

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“For some reason, people in my workplace use ‘trail’ to mean ‘trial’ in written conversations.”

CUE/QUE/QUEUE

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“My standard post when I finally can’t take it any longer:”

“Queue: A line that British people stand in.”

“Cue: An indication that it’s time for something to start/ enter/ etc.”

“Que: Sera, sera.”

“¿Que?: What?”

I COULD CARE LESS

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“The only thing worse than a double negative is a single positive used in a negative context.”

WOMAN

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“Woman” when used in plural instead of “women.”

TO/TOO USED INCORRECTLY

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“Way too many times I see to/too much misused, that’s something that’s learned early on in life, and I don’t understand how it’s still misused so often.”

WORST INSTEAD OF WORSE

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“When people use “worst” instead of “worse,” it drives me crazy.”

QUOTATION MARKS MISUSED

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“Using quotation marks for text that is not a quote.”

COSTUMER INSTEAD OF A CUSTOMER

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I find it funny when someone writes “costumer” instead of “customer.”

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