Do you make silly mistakes with your grammar?

@mimpi1911 (25454)
India
April 21, 2009 1:44am CST
Here are some common mistakes that make us look stupid. I am sure we all have been there sometime or the other. 1. Loose for lose 2. It's for its (or god forbid, its') 3. They're for their for there 4. i.e. for e.g. 5. Effect for affect 6. You're for your 7. Different than for different from 8. Lay for lie 9. Then for than 10.Could of, would of for could have, would have Any thing more? Keep adding.
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
21 Apr 09
I take pride in having passed a writing course and I make grammatical mistakes on a regular basis! You've probably noticed! The majority of my errors are typos; I am a really bad typist, especially when I'm in a hurry. My punctuation leaves a lot to be desired as well. Effect and affect; I often get confused with those. I have erred with apostrophes in the wrong place and here's another one for the list: conscience for conscious.
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
22 Apr 09
I have always found you great with your English. So no issues. I have fat fingers and as you have said, when in a hurry, I tend to do a lot of typos. Conscience for conscious, is common error aswell and most make spelling mistakes while writing both.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
21 Apr 09
Mimpi dear! There is also this standard mistake in the use of participle of 'have seen 'being replaced by 'have see' and the like.Incidentally, 'while 'affect' is the correct usage in standard English I also read that'effect' is the American usage.It is accepted.Similarly we have the differences in spelling-- 'practice'-noun Practise-verb, but once again American English uses 'c' for both.I am not sure about'advice' being used interchangeably in American English. To exchange an intersting titbit, this word'loose'apart from the spelling has another connotation.THe post may get too long.Tell me if you would like to know this and I shall write it.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
21 Apr 09
lie,lay,lain, lay,laid --the best explanation is is Wren And Martin --I swear by this. Then there is the standard confusion between'raise and rise','diary and dairy'. And of course we have umpteen misconceptions in the use of articles because people tend to go by the spelling and not the phonetic sound.And here also there seems to be a lot of confusion.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
21 Apr 09
Coming to the mistakes I make, nowadays I tend to skip certain words while typing because my thoughts are faster than my typing or writing.Is age catching up with me?I would not allow it.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
21 Apr 09
I know what you mean. I seldom make mistakes like this except for the times when I get increasingly fatter fingers. And sometimes, my thoughts flies and my finger (I type with the middle right finger only!)struggles - so yet another typo. I am also guilty of not revising my text - that is another matter to be cared for. I feel, we tend to do a lot of mistakes with the homonyms. And 'affect' and 'effect' are certainly not the same.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
21 Apr 09
Incidentally,I have not dirsectly answered the question and I went on to my chatty style as usual.I try not to make silly mistakesin grammar; --spellings--normally I am decent and I also try to be proper regarding the usage by reading through what I have written because it makes me feel guilty ;but sometimes in a chatty mood I write spoken English instead of formal English ; regarding typos, I do not fret too much ,nowadays, if in my hurry to post the discussion,I tend to overlook some . Punctuation--I try to be comprehensible but I do get carried away at times.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
22 Apr 09
Incidentally,this is not a 'coming back again';it was written along with the first posts.Only thing is instead of adding the comment I had written it as a response. Anyhow, you have got my point exactly ;we feel bad with so many typos, though nowadays I bother less [after that friend -the one who spoke to me yesterday had mentioned long back'what is a typo or two between friends'?.BTW,what happened?Did you make an inspired guess/Or should I tell you?
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
23 Apr 09
I guessed it....
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
23 Apr 09
Then tell me who you thought it is [by mail]
@alokn99 (5717)
• India
21 Apr 09
I find myself making so many of these mistakes, that i feel so embarassed and stupid after i realise it. In addition to the one's that you have mentioned, here are few that i know i keep messing up with dont for don't who's and whose upto and up to alot and a lot allright and all right fourth and forth To and too...this one happens very often Confuse myself between lets and let's I did this once incite instead of insight It seems i could go on and on. then there are The commas get missed out all the time At times i forget to start sentences with Capital letters Names get started with small letters. I miss out on the "s" for plurals. Back to Grammar School ?
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
21 Apr 09
That means, we should be more careful about the homonyms for it can really change the meaning altogether. Coming to the apostrophe, I kind of find myself there many times, especially when I am in a hurry. And let's go back to Grammar School, I will love it!
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
21 Apr 09
I would put you wish Nishu and have fun bossing around you two!
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@alokn99 (5717)
• India
22 Apr 09
I wonder who amongst the two of us will be more difficult to teach and boss over ? BTW. Great to see this discussion in the digest.
@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
11 May 09
I sure do make grammatical errors. You've listed those that I can think of at the top of my head. The others that I can think of would be interchanging is/are, dont/didnt, we're/were, do/does, and adopt/adapt. Cant think of anymore. At least not at this time. A bit sleep-deprived. Anyway, Ill get back to this when I think of any more.^_^
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
16 May 09
Hope you are over the sleep deprivation in 5 weeks time..
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
16 May 09
Oh man, thanks mimpi but I think that would be the start of a year long 'vigil' on burning the nightly oil. It will be the second week of my senior year in 5 weeks time. I was hoping to get at least a week's rest after the trade fair tomorrow but I got assigned to do something that would be due next week. Sigh..
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
16 May 09
Do well, be fine!
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@cortney09 (1346)
• United States
23 Apr 09
I do a lot of grammar errors when i am in a hurry. I don't think that grammar errors make someone look stupid though because they are mistakes and mistakes aren't always stupid.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
23 Apr 09
I agree to that.
@cortney09 (1346)
• United States
27 Apr 09
I liked this topic. It makes me think I need to work on my grammar (I know I spelled that wrong).
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
27 Apr 09
No you didn't cortney.
@dpk262006 (56098)
• Delhi, India
21 Apr 09
Hi! Mimpi! LOL!You are on the dot, we keep making such silly mistakes and I do it many times though inadvertently. Some more to your list could be - using weak for week, sea for see, be for bee, ascent for assent, advice for advise, alternative for aleternate, break for brake, buy for bye, cite for site, currant for current and dose for doze, dual for duel, extant for extent, forth for fourth, herd for heard and mourning for morning. Hopefully, others will add few more such examples. Very Good Post!
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
22 Apr 09
Thanks for the add on deepak. I think, a little carefulness would help us avoid these mistakes. Have a great day.
@dpk262006 (56098)
• Delhi, India
22 Apr 09
Mimpi! Hi! Good Morning! I wish I could be more careful while posting my comments and could use proper spelling and words. Have a nice day!
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
23 Apr 09
@bamrahkirti (1819)
• India
23 Apr 09
I admit that i am also weak in grammar and many times mess up with certain words like where to make correct use of in,at,into,of,for and many more.It is because of lack of practice in speaking and writing English. But I think that mylot has helped me in correcting my grammatical mistakes to a great extent.It is a great learning platform.I know it is difficult to master the English language but i am trying to get hold on it.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
23 Apr 09
I get you fine bamrah. Indeed mylot has done a lot to improve our English. How are you doing?
• India
23 Apr 09
Me fine mimpi.Just logged on today .Last fortnight has been stressful for me as my son was operated upon for hernia.Now he is doing fine.During those days did not find the time to sign in.Now i am relaxed and satisfied that everything went off well.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
23 Apr 09
Sorry to hear that dear. Hope he is fine now. I thought he is a kid! You all take care and do PM me in details whenever you get time.
@cobra1368 (704)
• United States
22 Apr 09
Very, very rarely. Bad grammar is a pet pieve of mine, so I aim to be as correct as possible. I have always been a good speller, and it is extremely difficult not to point out when someone else has made a grammatical error. I just sit there and stare at it, getting increasingly agitated. It's weird, I know. But we all have our hang-ups!
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
23 Apr 09
I know what you mean Cobra. I am guilty of typos. Please do not stare at me like that. I promise to improve.
• United States
23 Apr 09
lol
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
24 Apr 09
• United States
22 Apr 09
lol i think i am the typo queen. no worries girl it happens to all of us...............
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
23 Apr 09
That makes two of us!
• United States
23 Apr 09
I dont see the big deal we have a lot more important things to stress on what is a few typos have a goodday
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
2 May 09
That could be just you.
@krajibg (11940)
• Guwahati, India
29 Apr 09
Hi, Mimpi, I myself being a reacher of English Language and Linguistics do commit some silly mistakes but the sample given by you are not committed by me. Yes i am very conscious so that I do not commit mistakes. Surely I do make typos. I admit the sample you charted are often seen here and I used to wonder what they were. Were they typos or unintentional errors.
@krajibg (11940)
• Guwahati, India
29 Apr 09
Look at the typos.lol. 'Teacher' got written 'reacher'.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
2 May 09
lol... I think, they are both, as and when it fits it right. Being a teacher it gets difficult with such typos, Students will not spare you!
@harmonee (1236)
• United States
19 May 09
I'm sure I make silly mistakes. Grammer was never really a strong point for me. I've tried to make sure I don't mess up some of the big stuff, but I took a grammer refresher course online and realized there were things I didn't even realize I should watch out for let alone did.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
19 May 09
Good to know that. Grammar is always intriguing.
@Maryam27 (412)
• Pakistan
11 May 09
Lol! It was fun reading yours Mimpi :D Well I am not good with grammar so I always make some mistakes here and there. Loose for lose (is the common one ;) ) Waist for vest is another than for then and there are few more which I can't recall right now. So i guess that's enough :D
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
16 May 09
LOL.. You keep thinking Maryam. I have some ready with me...
• Pakistan
11 May 09
I try my best to as accurate as I can in expressing myself in both written and spoken English. Since man is prone to make mistake, every learner, or even experienced people may make mistake while learning or using this language. However, it is prime responsibility of every learner to take extra care and guard himself/herself against the riduculous and silly mistakes committed by many learners. We must respect the languages we are trying to learn. No language learning should be taken lightly, rather it is very serioius job. I love to find out the minute difference between the words and their usages. I like exploring the word and its meaning layer after layer. I love using right word in right place. Choosing right word shows your good grip over your English.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
16 May 09
That's a great response! I really appreciate your endeavour and know for sure that this will pay off. We must make sure to check and re check just to avoid silly mistakes. This gives us a great sense of conviction in ourselves.
@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
27 Apr 09
Hello Mimpi... I always get confused with lay and lie and what it should be for past tense and such.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
27 Apr 09
That confuses me even. How are you dear?
@bestie (1458)
• Philippines
27 Apr 09
yes,I do. Like using the "is","are","was","were" when I make sentences that refers to the present,past and future tense.I am sometimes not aware that I interchange them... Hello dear mimpi...how are you?
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
27 Apr 09
I am find dear. How are you now? Take care.
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
27 Apr 09
What irritates me is, "for him and I" and "waiting on". For is a preposition and takes the objective pronoun and you don't wait on you wait for.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
27 Apr 09
That's a great point. Most make this kind of mistakes.
• United States
23 Apr 09
Most of my mistakes come from typing to fast, but every now and then I'll flip 'chose' for choose' or whatever. Reading a lot helps with proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
23 Apr 09
Actually most of the times we are in a hurry and do typos like this. Thanks jason.
@Nhey16 (2519)
• Philippines
23 Apr 09
I always make typographical errors whenever I'm in a hurry coz I'm used to pressing enter once I've typed what I have in my mind without even checking for the spellings. And when I'm about to check, it's already too late, coz I was able to press enter... :)
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
23 Apr 09
That's perfectly understandable for I do that aswell.
@bagumbayan (2707)
• Philippines
23 Apr 09
Sometimes, had and have, happened and happens, sometimes I dont know the past and present, simple things like that. Are and were but I just say my piece. I am not an English teacher.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
23 Apr 09
That's Okay.