Grammar Mistakes: How To Avoid Looking Like A Greenhorn

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    Whether you’re just setting pen to paper or honing your masterpiece for imminent publication, good grammar is essential. All too often, sneaky mistakes make it past even the most conscientious writers.

    I’ve been there. Sometimes I’m cranking out a first draft, intent on cramming in countless ideas, only to find that every sentence is a fragment or run-on. Not a problem: I just need to go back through and mop up the grammar. Now the text is finished but grammar problems strike again! I’m reading my millionth draft of something that I practically know by heart, and…how did that mistake get in there?!

    The writer’s craft is never done. We’re constantly tweaking our phrasing, eliminating filler, streamlining ideas, organizing paragraphs, and spending way too long coming up with a decent title or headline.

    The infographic by The Expert Editor below is designed to make your job a little bit easier. It starts out with grammar: 6 common mistakes that afflict even seasoned writers. Mop up messy storytelling by removing dangling modifiers, fixing run-ons, and turning any sentence fragments into complete thoughts.

    Next, this visual guide covers commonly confused words. It supplies a quick review on than vs. then, much vs. many, affect vs. effect, and other frequently misused words. You’ll never again fall into the trap of a rogue “alot” or “irregardless” (neither of which are real words).

    So now that you’ve fixed grammar and usage errors, what’s next? Add a little personality to your writing! Do you find that you use the same vocabulary repeatedly? One easy way to enliven your text is to make bolder, more evocative word choices. There’s no need to go overboard, but if you find yourself constantly using words like “happy,” it’s time to mix things up and consider “jubilant” or “euphoric” instead.

    Finally, always proofread your work! This infographic lists 10 excellent proofreading tips to help you catch all errors before hitting submit. For instance, read your text aloud. Are you drowning in dozens of long sentences that barely let you draw breath? Or are your sentences short, choppy, and jarring? You’ll also get a better sense of whether your text has solid internal logic. Does it flow smoothly? Do your arguments or plotlines make sense?

    And now you’re done: congratulations! Don’t bask in success for too long though. It’s time to start your next draft.

    Grammar- Mistakes: Infographic

    Image courtesy of Pixabay

    What’s your ‘favorite’ grammar mistake? Let me know in the comments

    About the author

      Amelia Kennedy

      Amelia Kennedy is a PhD student in History and content manager for The Expert Editor blog.

    • Very helpful article. Proper grammar and great content really helps your SEO

    • As a writer and blogger, it is important to improve your writing skills and take good care of your grammar

    • Useful grammar points to be taken note of. Thanks

    • You have very technical stuff and it gives me information. Thank you

    • Dax says:

      Great post!

      As much as you think you know, there is a always something to pick up from a post like this. I am working on eliminating unwanted commas in my posts.

      I like the alternatives for common emotions.

      Thanks.

    • B.K.Janagond says:

      Useful grammar points to be taken note of. Thanks

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    • SHUSHMITA says:

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    • Hey Amelia!

      Helpful tips for the everyday writer here. As a writer and blogger, it is important to improve your writing skills and take good care of your grammar. People don’t like to read a piece of content with a lot of grammar errors. It’s not a good experience.

      One of my “favorite” grammar mistakes would be vague pronoun references.

      Thank you for sharing this infographic, it is super helpful!

      Best regards! 😀


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