Here are the top 10 grammar mistakes people make, according to Microsoft
Sometimes it's laziness or impatience; sometimes they're genuinely confused.Using data from millions of its subscribers, Microsoft recently rounded up a list of the top 10 grammar mistakes in the English language. The data comes from people who use Microsoft Word and/or Outlook, both of which come with a tool called Editor.Advertisement
Editor highlights spelling and grammar errors and makes suggestions to help improve your writing.
It can make a bad impression if you have a document riddled with mistakes, says Nicole Michel, a linguist who is also a project manager at Microsoft.She told Business Insider: "If you send a CV to a potential employer and it's full of grammar or spelling mistakes, it's going to show carelessness and lack of attention to detail, and also it shows that you're not really putting emphasis and importance on the task."
Below, we've listed the 10 most common grammar errors, along with examples, according to Microsoft. There's a good chance you've made at least one.1. Leaving too many white spaces between wordsExample: To the left.Advertisement
Correct: To the left.
2. Missing a commaExample: If the weather remains the same we'll leave early.Advertisement
Correct: If the weather remains the same, we'll leave early.
3. Missing a comma after an introductory phraseExample: First of all we must make sure that the power is off.Advertisement
Correct: First of all, we must make sure that the power is off.
4. Missing a hyphenExample: My 3 year old sonAdvertisement
Correct: My 3-year-old son5. Incorrect subject-verb agreementExample: The cats eats.Advertisement
Correct: The cats eat.
6. Incorrect capitalizationExample: It's cold, But we are going out.Advertisement
Correct: It's cold, but we are going out.
7. Mixing up possessive and plural formsExample: My sisters car is old.Advertisement
Correct: My sister's car is old.
8. Incorrect agreement with noun phrasesExample: I would like to buy this apples.Advertisement
Correct: I would like to buy these apples.9. Commonly confused wordsExample: After all that running, I am out of breathe.Advertisement
Correct: After all that running, I am out of breath.
Read Microsoft's list of most commonly confused words.10. Incorrect verb form after auxiliaryAdvertisement
Example: They had ate when we arrived.
Correct: They had eaten when we arrived.
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