Most Common Grammar Mistakes
If your readers get distracted by grammar errors you’ve ended up making or get confused by what a sentence that you’ve written means, there is a good chance they may end up losing interest in your work. As per a research work, our country has the second highest English speaking population globally. Since numerous regional languages are spoken in India, there is a significant chance of grammatical errors creeping in one way or the other. Listed below are three prominent errors observed in documents written in English.
1. Comma Splices
A comma splice occurs if two separate sentences are combined using a comma instead of a period or semi colon. Example I:
Wrong: He wanted to take her shopping, however, he had to stay back in office. Right: He wanted to take her shopping; however, he had to stay back in office. Example II: Wrong: She loved the Sunday brunch, they went home after the meal. Right: She loved the Sunday brunch. They went home after the meal.
2. Subject-Verb Disagreement
Within a sentence, the verb and subject must agree with one another in terms of number. If the subject of the sentence is singular, the verb must be singular; if it is plural, the verb must be plural. Example I:
Wrong: An important aspect of the party were the food items. Right: An important aspect of the party was the food items. Example II: Wrong: The two career options was photography and dance. Right: The two career options were photography and dance.
3. Missing Introductory Comma
An introductory word, clause, or phrase, should always be followed by a comma. Example I:
Wrong: In case of queries feel free to get in touch. Right: In case of queries, feel free to get in touch. Example II: Wrong: Before dawn she left for the mountains. Right: Before dawn, she left for the mountains.