Last Updated on December 28, 2017 by Ellen
How good are you at catching these common grammar errors? Are you publishing your blog posts without proofreading or spellchecking them? Do you review your contributors’ posts for plagiarism or common mistakes? This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.
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5 Common Grammar Errors
We all make mistakes, but isn’t it better when we catch them before we publish our blog posts? There is nothing I hate more than receiving an email from a reader (or worse from a brand) to let me know that my latest blog post has a spelling or grammar error. How embarrassing!
Here are 5 common grammar errors that you may be missing when you proofread (and a secret way to catch them all).
Subject / Verb Agreement
- WRONG: The two best things about blogging is flexibility and being able to work at home.
- RIGHT: The two best things about blogging ARE flexibility and being able to work at home.
Missing Comma After Introductory Phrase
- WRONG: In case you haven’t heard spring will be here eventually.
- RIGHT: In case you haven’t heard, spring will be here eventually.
Missing Comma in Compound Sentence
- WRONG: I have too much to do and I need a cup of coffee.
- RIGHT: I have too much to do, and I need a cup of coffee.
- WRONG: While walking on the beach, she found a broken crab’s shell.
- RIGHT: While walking on the beach, she found a crab’s broken shell.
- WRONG: People start a garden for: flowers, vegetables, and fruit.
- RIGHT: People start a garden for three reasons: flowers, vegetables, and fruit.
Which of these common grammar errors do you make? I know that I’m far from perfect and often get my comma placement wrong, at least I used to. Now I catch all of my errors before the brand or my readers see them using Grammarly. Grammarly is a tool you can use to check your spelling and grammar in your blog posts, social media shares, and even your word processor.
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