While it’s true that you do not need to be an author or language expert to write a blog, you will be recognized as much more professional if you follow a few simple grammar rules. Another benefit to avoiding these common grammar errors is that you’ll reduce the risk of distracting your readers from your valuable content.
Mastering grammar basics for blog posts may also help with rankings and traffic. Consider the impact with keyword phrases such as the difference between a web search for “the principles of accounting” (correct) vs. “the principals of accounting” (incorrect). And do you really think people would share poorly written content on their social media networks?
I’m going to cover many of the most common grammar mistakes in this post but I suggest that if ever you’re in doubt, simply do web search for an instant answer. English is my native language but everyone writing in English should be able to gain some insight here quite easily. The only instance where a writer has creative freedom to ignore grammatical correctness is if they’re writing in a persona (child, pet, country hick, valley girl, etc.) and misusing language would be considered appropriate for the character.
Top 10 Grammar Tips For Blog Posts
1. A lot vs. Alot
A lot = Many
Example: I have a lot of friends.
Alot is not a word!
2. Conscience vs. Conscious
Conscience = Our inner voice that tells us the difference between right and wrong.
Example: My guilty conscience kept my awake all night.
Conscious = We are aware of what is happening.
Example: I was conscious that I couldn’t sleep because I felt guilty.
3. There, Their and They’re
There = A place.
Example: The remote is over there on the couch.
Their = Belongs to one single entity or two or more persons.
Example: Their remote got lost under the couch.
They’re = They are.
Example: They’re annoyed by having to change the TV channels manually since the remote got lost.
4. e.g. vs. i.e.
e.g. = For example.
Example: I love to shop for anything (e.g. groceries, clothes, housewares, etc.).
i.e. = That is to say.
Example: I love to shop for anything (i.e. I’m a shopaholic).
5. It’s vs. Its
It’s = It is.
Example: It’s time to buy a new refrigerator.
Its = Belongs or pertains to it.
Example: The refrigerator is on its last leg.
6. May vs. Might
May = A likely possibility.
Example: I may (likely will) have time to stop at the store on my way home.
Might = An uncertainty.
Example: I might (likely won’t) be able to stop at the store between appointments this afternoon.
7. Coincidence vs. Irony
Coincidence = Unlikely occurrences of random acts that seem to be but are not related.
Example: Coincidently, I got into a fender-bender with my old driving instructor today.
Irony = Circumstances that result in the opposite of what is would be expected or what “should have” occurred.
Example: Ironically, the driving instructor that wouldn’t issue me a license, ran me over in the parking lot today.
8. Ambivalent vs. Indifferent
Ambivalent = Feelings of mixed emotions.
Example: I am ambivalent about continuing to visit Starbucks everyday since I love the taste of my iced latte but it’s getting too expensive to enjoy.
Indifferent = Do not care at all; no opinion whatsoever.
Example: I am indifferent about whichever bakery vendor Starbucks contracts because I never buy food there).
9. You’re vs. Your
You’re = You are.
Example: You’re the apple of my eye.
Your = Belongs to you.
Example: I used your apples to make pie.
10. Affect vs. Effect
Affect = To influence or produce a change.
Example: Drinking red wine affects people differently.
Effect = A result or outcome of an action.
Example: The effects of drinking red wine vary from person to person.
A few other common grammar mistakes include using improper tenses, misplacement of punctuation marks, incorrect pluralization and misuse of the appropriate word entirely. Misspelling continues to be an issue as well despite the fact that virtually every software program alerts the writer. I know it’s impossible to be perfect (because I’m certainly not), but I hope this post keeps us on our toes! As always, comments and questions are appreciated.
Thanks for visiting today,
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