A couple of years ago, I wrote an article for Associated Content - now a part of the Yahoo! Network. It was entitled 'Errors to Avoid When Writing' and in it I detailed some common errors made by writers and editors. Listed below are some of my favorite - read: most annoying - errors.
This one is all too common. Here, we have three words that all sound the same but have entirely different meanings. The first is possessive, indicating ownership - right? No. The second - their - is the one that indicates ownership. The first - they're - describes action being short for 'they are.'
'There' indicates a place, as in 'over there.'
Again, one indicates action while the other indicates possession.
"This is your mistake. You're making a lot of mistakes."
See the difference?
"This is you are mistake" just doesn't make any sense.
It's all too common to see 'it's' used as the possessive. I personally think that this stems from the fact the 'apostrophe S' usually does indicate possession. For example:
'Errors to Avoid When Writing is Greg's article on AC.' This usage seems to want to be incorrectly carried over to the word 'it,' as in:
'That bird fell out of 'it's' nest.'
It's my party (and I'll cry if I want to...)
Are you going to write a Top Five list today, too?
It is too easy to make the mistake of using the extra 'o' when you shouldn't.
The following sentences have two different meanings:
I am going to.
I am going, too.
The first tells us that you are going to do something while the second tells us that you are also going.
'Alot' is not a word. My knowledge of that fact is reinforced by the red, squiggly line that popped up under the not-a-word after I typed it. The not-a-word 'alot' appears far too (too, as in excessively) often.
This is probably the mistake that annoys me the most! Please, please, please. Put a space between the 'a' and the 'l' when you write this.
In my original article, there are a couple of additional errors detailed. The above list is just an excerpt.
I cannot stand the "your" and "you're" mistake. Not just with writers but on social networks. That makes me nuts!! Good list. Will check you out on AC/Y.
Nice list Greg! I'll RT it for you..and I can't find you on Twitter so if you find me @NationalGenX just follow and I'll follow back!
@Rarus Thanks for the link and I stand by my usage.
@Akbar I absolutely HATE that mistake, too! I did not loose weight. I did lose weight. Though, I suppose that I did let it loose...
The big one that drives me nuts is "lose/loose."
Food for thought: http://www.businesswritingblog.com/business_writing/2007/10/entitled-or-tit.html
Definition of ENTITLE
: to give a title to : designate
: to furnish with proper grounds for seeking or claiming
Seems to me that I used it correctly, after all.
Thanks for pointing it out, though. It just reinforces my point that errors are far too easy to make.
Far be it for me to be a "grammar Nazi" here...but you've made your own common grammatical error above.
Your article on Associated Content wasn't entitled, as in had a right to something, it was titled, as in named.
I try real hard to get these right and do most of the time. That's why editing your work right away is good.
select one here...