9 Most Confusing Confusions in English Grammar

By Gloson On November 10, 2010 Under Miscellaneous
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grammarmonkeySome English grammar can be really confusing.

So, I decided to write this article to point out some grammar mistakes that cause much confusion, and also how to get them right.

I’ve made all of these grammar mistakes before, which is how I got to write this post, anyway 🙂 .

And now, I present to you,

9 Most Confusing Confusions in English Grammar!

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1. Subject pronouns and object pronouns

Wrong: He sat between you and I.
Correct: He sat between you and me.

I now fully understand this rule once I took an English lesson about subject and object pronouns.

The subject is the one that does things. (He sees me)

The object is the one who has the thing done to him. (He sees me)

Another type of object is the prepositional object and it is the one which the preposition is directed at. (He sees it with me)

So, here is a table of subject and object pronouns.

Subject pronouns Object pronouns
I Me
You You
He Him
She Her
We Us
They Them

So, if you are using a pronoun as a subject, use a subject pronoun. Same thing on the objects.

It’s “between you and me” because “you and me” is the object of the preposition between.

It’s “I know him” because “him” is the object of the verb “know”.

It’s “William and he read” because “William and he” is the subject.

2. Who or whom?

Here’s a tricky one: “Who/whom did he see at the party?”

Here’s what you need to know:

Who = subject pronoun
Whom = object pronoun

So, to get the answer, change the question to a statement: “He did see whom at the party.”

Whom is an object, so that is the answer 🙂 .

Question: “Who/whom ate all the cookies?” Statement: “Who ate all the cookies.”

Hope I’ve made it clear =) .

3. “Than me” or “Than I”?

Wrong: He runs faster than me.
Correct: He runs faster than I.

Ahh, this is one of the mistakes that I have been frequently making last time 😛 .

“Than” is a conjunction, which introduces a subordinate clause, so the subjective pronoun “I” is used. See usage note.

The easiest way to make sure this is right is to make the sentence “long”.

“He runs faster than I” becomes “He runs faster than I run”.

“I run slower than he” becomes “I run slower than he runs”.

However, there is an exception in which you have to use the object form of the pronoun. Here’s an example:

“Jon gave Dan more apples than he gave me” –> “Jon gave Dan more apples than me”.

4. “It is me” or “It is I”?trex

Wrong: It is me, the great tyrant Tyrannosaurus!
Correct: It is I, the great tyrant Tyrannosaurus!

It is important to note that “is” is a linking verb, meaning it renames the subject with a subject predicate.

Now, normal transitive verbs have an object. (He sees me) Me = object.

Linking verbs have subject predicates instead. (That guy was I) I = subject predicate.

Here’s another example. – “A dog is a great pet.”

A dog = subject
a great pet = subject predicate

You can see that “subject = subject predicate”. A dog = a great pet. That’s why they are called linking verbs; because they link two subjects.

And since linking verbs link to subjects, subject pronouns must be used. So that’s why it is “It is I” and not “It is me”.

I hope you get what I’m saying. Unfortunately, I think Mario will never get it.

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T-rex photo by Esparta

5. i.e. and e.g.

Wrong: Please volunteer to bring some food for the party, i.e., fries, nuggets, and chips.
Correct: Please volunteer to bring some food for the party. e.g., fries, nuggets, and chips

Believe it or not, last time, I thought i.e. and e.g. can be used interchangeably! But I was wrong. i.e. and e.g. have different meanings.

e.g. = For example
i.e. = That is/In other words (for clarifying stuff)

Here are some examples.

To stay healthy, eat vegetables, e.g., spinach. <— Here I used an example of a vegetable.

I love to eat the vegetable that I like the most (i.e., carrots). <— Here I used i.e. because it clarifies the “vegetable that I like the most”. I cannot use e.g. because there is no vegetable other than that.

6. Lightening

This is perhaps the most common spelling mistake ever.

Wrong: Being struck by lightening is a shocking experience!

Correct: Being struck by lightning is a shocking experience!

Lightening
The present participle of lighten.

e.g. I was lightening the load on my camel because it was exhausted.

Lightning
A streak of static electricity through the sky, usually accompanied by thunder.

e.g. You got struck by lightning? That must have been a shocking experience!

Lighting
The arrangement of light, especially in photography.

e.g. The photo was dull because the lighting wasn’t good enough.

Photo by Owen Zammit

7. “If I was” or “If I were”?

Wrong: If I was an elephant, I would give you a ride.
Correct: If I were an elephant, I would give you a ride.

Wrong: If I were rude, I apologize.
Correct: If I was rude, I apologize.

“If I were” is more for situations when you are imagining things, usually followed by a sentence on what you would do in that situation.

If I were you, I would read more books about animals.
If he were an animal, he would be a parrot!

“If I was” is more for things that could have happened in the past or now.

If he was singing that well, he should become a singer. (This is an answer to a girl who told me that when her friend sang just now, her heart melted)

If she really was kind to animals, I respect her. (This is a thought after reading news about a girl saving a cat from drowning, but you are not really sure whether it’s true)

Here is an example of the differences between “If I were” and “If I was”.

If she was hardworking, she would be a famous singer by now. <– I’ve only met her once and all I know is she wants to be a famous singer.

If she were hardworking, she would be a famous singer by now. <– I know her very well; she wants to be a famous singer but she’s very lazy.

Conclusion: “If I were” is for imagination. “If I was” is for things that could have happened.

lie8. Lie down, don’t lie to me, and birds lay eggs

Oh dear. These 3 words are perhaps the most confusing as some parts of the three words are parts of each other.

Lie has two completely different meanings. The first meaning is to rest in a horizontal position. The second is to bear false witness.

Lay means to put into a position of rest or bring forth eggs.

Here are the tenses of the words:

Lie down – lie, lay, lain.
Don’t lie to me – Lie, lied, lied.
Lay eggs – lay, laid, laid.

That’s why they are confusing! They sound similar and you can easily have them mixed up!

Here are some examples of common mistakes when using those words.

Wrong: I have lied on the grass all morning.
Correct: I have lain on the grass all morning.

Wrong: I laid on the couch.
Correct: I lay on the couch.

So, here’s three things to remember when you’re not sure how to use those words:

Remember that lie (don’t lie) and lay are regular verbs, which mean they add the usual suffix “-d” to form the past tense (lied, laid). Their past participles (have lied, have laid) are the same.

Remember that the word lie (lie down) is the most complicated; an irregular verb; doesn’t use “-d”; past tense is lay, and past participle is lain.

Remember that the word lay is the only transitive verb – You can’t “lay” on the bed; you must lay something. You can lay yourself on the bed, though.

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9. Take and bring

This is probably one of the most confusing confusions in grammar!

Whether to use bring or take all depends on the perspective. You use take when the item is going away from the perspective and bring when the item is coming to the perspective.

For example, you and your friend are going to a place. You might ask your friend, “Are you going to bring your cell phone?”

If you’re not going but your friend is, you might ask your friend, “Are you going to take your cell phone?”

But still, it can be confusing. So, use substitutes instead.

“Are you going to carry your cell phone with you?”

Problem solved 🙂 .


I hope you’ve enjoyed my post! I hope that you are not confused now. LOL 😛 .

So, have you ever made the grammar mistakes above? Please share your experience in the comments below. I know I’ve made every single one of them before. 🙂

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94 Comments Add yours

  1. Patricia@lavenderuses
    November 10, 2010
    8:24 pm

    Well done Gloson. As an Ennglish speaker I admire all those bloggers whose second language is English. There are almost more exceptions to the rule than rules themselves! You did an excellent job explaining some of the common mistakes that are also made by some English speakers too. Happy blogging Gloson 🙂

    Patricia Perth Australia
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    • Gloson
      November 10, 2010
      8:31 pm

      Hi Patricia!

      Thank you so very much! I really appreciate the comment and I’m really glad you like my post! =)

      Happy blogging! 🙂

      Cheers!
      Gloson

  2. Onibalusi Bamidele
    November 10, 2010
    10:13 pm

    Hi Gloson,

    Really great post and clarifications of some things about English language. English is the general language and the better you are at it the better it is for you.

    I just tweeted and commented on your post on Blogengage, I hope you emerge a winner.

    Thanks so much,
    -Onibalusi
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    • Gloson
      November 10, 2010
      10:19 pm

      Hi Oni!

      Thank you very much for dropping by! Yes, I agree. English is a language that we all must be good at because it is the universal language. 🙂

      And thank you so much for commenting on my post and retweeting it! I really appreciate it Oni! 🙂

      Cheers!
      Gloson

      • Arjun Rai
        November 30, 2011
        6:49 pm

        Learning these thing from a little kid is really unique for me but i am ejoying it, nice post Gloson.
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  3. Ryan Biddulph
    November 11, 2010
    2:00 am

    Hi Gloson,

    I sometimes slip up on these grammar pointers too.

    Thanks for sharing the detailed breakdown and have a wonderful day!

    Ryan
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    • Gloson
      November 11, 2010
      10:33 pm

      Hi Ryan!

      Yeah, me too. I still slip on these rules sometimes, even though I might have written this post. LOL 😛 .

      Thank you very much Ryan! You have a great day too! 🙂

      Cheers!
      Gloson

  4. Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog
    November 11, 2010
    2:11 am

    Hi Gloson,

    Terrific post! Having English as second language this post is a gem for me. Good to know the full reasons of the 3, 6 and 7!

    Voted your entry at BE, RTed and also this one too 🙂

    Cheers,

    Gera
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    • Gloson
      November 11, 2010
      10:43 pm

      Hi Gera!

      Thank you very much for the votes and RTs! I really appreciate it and I’m really glad you like my blog posts! 🙂

      Cheers!
      Gloson

  5. Mrinmay Bhattacharjee
    November 11, 2010
    12:24 pm

    Very Good Post 🙂 While reading I felt like I am attending my Grammar Classes AGAIN 😛

  6. Roni
    November 11, 2010
    8:34 pm

    Hi Gloson! I haven’t visited your blog in awhile and I am sorry for that. This entry made me smile.:) But you always make me smile! There are alot of “confusing confusions” in the English language but I think you do very very well. I admire anyone who learns a second language. I tried to learn Spanish, but I wasn’t very good at it.
    Most of these things I do intuitively after speaking English for 44 years, but I make mistakes sometimes too. Thank you for the refresher lesson.
    And I’ll speak English with you anytime!:)
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    • Gloson
      November 11, 2010
      11:06 pm

      Hi Roni!

      That’s ok. So nice to see you again Roni! 😀

      I’m really glad I made you smile and you also always make me smile through your amazing photos.:)

      Yeah, I make grammar mistakes too, and I may slip on those rules even after writing this post. Haha 😛 .

      Thank you very much for the kind comment! I really appreciate it Roni! 🙂

      Cheers!
      Gloson

  7. Pawel @ Self Employed Cafe
    November 11, 2010
    8:42 pm

    This is some really cool stuff little dude!
    As a non native speaker I can say I think I committed most of the crimes mentioned in my lifetime so far …. 😉

    • Gloson
      November 11, 2010
      11:10 pm

      Thank you very much Pawel! LOL. Don’t worry. Everybody makes grammar mistakes from time to time 😉 .

      Cheers!
      Gloson

  8. Alex@blog optimization services
    November 12, 2010
    9:20 am

    hahahaha awesome Gloson.

    I just got put in my place by a 14 year old Malaysian kid! AAAAARGHH.

    I will call you MC Gloson.

    “STOP! GRAMMAR TIME”

    LOL
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    • Gloson
      November 12, 2010
      12:41 pm

      LOLOL.

      Thank you very much Alex!

      I’m not 14 though. I’m almost 13 😛 .

      I’m glad you like my post!

      Cheers!
      Gloson

  9. Vinayak Nagri
    November 13, 2010
    3:31 am

    An amazing post, very nicely explained. By the way, I am also confused between “in my opinion” or “according to me”. I hope you clear my confusion.

    • Gloson
      November 13, 2010
      11:44 am

      Hi Vinayak!

      Thank you very much!

      Just don’t use “according to me” when expressing your opinion; use “in my opinion”. You can use “according to Peter” or another person’s name, but never “according to me”. You can say “according to my research” or “according to my understanding”, though 🙂 .

      e.g. According to Peter, all birds fly. However, according to my research, there are birds that can’t fly.

      Hope you’re not confused anymore 🙂

      Cheers!
      Gloson

  10. Phil
    November 16, 2010
    1:27 pm

    Hey Gloson!

    I recently moved from the UK to live with my Wife here in Montreal, Canada. The language they use here is Quebecois, a form of French and I am having huge difficulties in learning the language! Very confusing!

    Good to see you are doing well with your English though! Keep it up. 😉

    • Gloson
      November 17, 2010
      12:24 pm

      Hi Phil!

      Thank you very much! Cool! I’ve never heard of that language before. Haha! Don’t worry. Learning new languages can be hard and I think the easiest way to pick it up is the listen and use that language.

      Cheers!
      Gloson

  11. Ben Lang
    November 17, 2010
    9:44 am

    Hey Gloson,

    Funny, I make some of these mistakes even though I’m American. Your grammar is pretty impressive though 😉

    • Gloson
      November 17, 2010
      12:25 pm

      Hey Ben,

      Haha! Thanks Ben! Everyone, not only Americans, make English grammar mistakes! 😉

      Cheers!
      Gloson

  12. Pritam@Part Time Jobs
    November 19, 2010
    12:27 pm

    Hi Gloson,
    I liked to read some of the common mistake people make in english. I read them carefully and found some of the mistakes I was doing.
    Thanks for correcting me.

    • Gloson
      November 29, 2010
      3:47 pm

      Hi Pritam.

      Thank you very much! I’m glad my post has helped you! 🙂

      Cheers!

  13. Ching Ya@Social Media Blogging
    November 19, 2010
    11:02 pm

    You’re amazing, Gloson. 🙂 I must say even I could have made all those mistakes. I’ll try to remember every single one of them, thanks to the examples you provided. By the way, all the best in your blogengage submission.

    @wchingya
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    • Gloson
      November 29, 2010
      3:49 pm

      Hi Ching Ya,

      Nice to see you drop by here! Haha. I think everybody has made those mistakes. I’m glad you like my article!

      The results for the blogengage contest have come out. My entry won the 3rd place! 🙂

      Cheers!

  14. Bryan
    November 20, 2010
    6:43 pm

    What a great education on grammar, Gloson! I’ve made quite a number of those mistakes you’ve mentioned and man.. that lie, laid, lain thing is driving me nuts :D:D But your post has helped explain that bit a lot. Definitely gonna correct the way I use i.e and e.g

    I wish my old English teachers back in primary and high school know as much as you. Haha
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    • Gloson
      November 29, 2010
      3:51 pm

      Hahaha, thanks a lot Bryan! The “lie” thing drove me nuts too 😛 . I’m glad you found my post easy to understand! 🙂

      Cheers!

  15. Jayant from TheAdMatrix
    November 23, 2010
    2:42 pm

    Hi Gloson,
    I am really happy to see that a kid like you teaching the most common mistake bloggers and even other bloggers make in grammar.
    Jayant Dange
    Jayant from TheAdMatrix´s last blog post ..TheAdMatrix Compensation Plan

    • Gloson
      November 29, 2010
      3:58 pm

      Thank you very much Jayant! I know all these mistakes because I have made them many times before. 🙂

      Have a nice day!

      Cheers!

  16. Dan Lew
    November 24, 2010
    10:10 pm

    Then or Than is also a hard one to get used to defining from time to time!
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    • Gloson
      November 29, 2010
      4:03 pm

      Hi Dan,

      Oh, those two. Yeah, those two words are frequently confused too. I guess one way to remember them is to remember that “Then” is for time because “e” looks a little like a clock, and that “Than” is for comparison because “a” is bigger than “e”.

      Cheers!

  17. Alan Niemies
    November 25, 2010
    6:31 am

    Gloson, great post!
    Now I really discovered the difference between i.e. and e.g..
    One day I asked what is an “i.e.” for my english teacher, here in Brazil, and he didn’t know the answer. :O
    Thanks a lot and congratulations for your great work!
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    • Gloson
      November 29, 2010
      4:14 pm

      Hi Alan!

      Thank you very much and you’re welcome! I’m really glad I helped you figure out the difference between i.e. and e.g.! 🙂 Have a great day!

      Cheers!
      Gloson

  18. TechPapaprazzi | Sarv
    December 3, 2010
    12:23 am

    Yes I have made grammar mistakes in my posts…once I got featured on Reddits Front page for makin a grammar mistake….
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  19. Goutham
    December 7, 2010
    4:15 pm

    Huh !! It’s really a great post. In my school days i used to skip the grammar class by sleeping.:P It’s really hard to learn it, but i need to learn it. Without English it’s really hard in this world and i am working on it. I learned few things from this post . Thanks for the share. 🙂
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    • Gloson
      December 10, 2010
      11:35 pm

      Hi Goutham!

      Thank you very much! LOL. Agreed, grammar can be really hard to learn, and I’m really glad my blog post helped you! 🙂

      Cheers!
      Gloson

  20. LS Geekster
    December 21, 2010
    2:56 pm

    Wow! This is really amazing. You are such an incredible creature of God!@ having a great blog like this. Awesome!

    BTW, These are also my common mistakes in my English grammar. I usually have faulty on the proper usage of “I” and “me”. Thanks anyway, I’ve learned a lot today. Also, Congratulations for winning the blogengage contest 1.

    I joined the blogengage contest 2 with my entry http://bit.ly/gvec4K . Please check it out and have your comment and vote for it. I would really appreciate it. I thank you.

    I bookmarked your site in my toolbar.
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    • Gloson
      December 27, 2010
      10:56 am

      Hi LS Geekster,

      Thank you very much for the kind words! I’m glad I’ve helped to clear your confusion. Haha 🙂 . Thanks for bookmarking my blog!

      Good luck on the contest! I’ve left a comment on your entry and voted too :).

      Cheers,
      Gloson

  21. technosuman
    December 31, 2010
    1:23 am

    Thank you young man. I use to make mistakes in English. Know with your blog post I will be able to correct them for once and all. It is really a great post. Great job.
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  22. Anna
    January 3, 2011
    2:08 am

    As English isn’t my native language, I found your post rather interesting and would like to share it in my blog. Although I seldom make mistakes like these, this post was rather interesting for me. By the way, good blog you have! Well done!

  23. Shiva
    January 10, 2011
    3:01 pm

    I think you are right sometimes English Grammar can certainly tend to be pretty confusing. For example, the lie word…It can denote different things , people really do tend to get confused with words like that.
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  24. Brian@Charleston Marketing
    January 16, 2011
    2:14 am

    Hi Gloson,
    This is an extremely informative post. English tends to have a ton of rules, and then all of those rules each has a handful of exceptions. I give anyone credit who has picked it up as a second language. I’ve broken many of these tips myself, and I have been speaking it all my life. Well done!

    PS Pointing out Mario was hilarious.
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    • Gloson
      January 28, 2011
      10:15 pm

      Hi Brian!

      Thank you so much! I’m really glad you enjoyed this post and found it hilarious. LOL, agreed. English is indeed a complex language. I myself have broken the “I” after writing this post. Haha 😛 Guess I still need to work on my English. 🙂

      Cheers!
      Gloson

  25. Umair
    January 30, 2011
    4:04 pm

    Haha… Very common and confusing things… thanks for the useful post.
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  26. Sam@Dodge Neon SRT4
    January 31, 2011
    8:48 pm

    Nice Article. This is very simple common confusion words. But you have written a very long post and it is excellent to people who are learning English Grammer.

  27. Arjun Singh
    March 3, 2011
    11:03 pm

    Gloson These tips were really amazing… 😀 Thanks a lot mate.. 🙂
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  28. Delena Silverfox
    March 26, 2011
    6:06 pm

    Bravo, Gloson!

    It’s s refreshing to see this post! I’m sure you’ve had no end of people tell you just how common these mistakes are, even for native English speakers! My mother was a stickler for grammar, and even though I never knew the actual rules for these specific examples, she would give me the substitutions to test whether I was using the proper language or not.

    It helped a lot! Nowadays, however, proper English beside vernacular seems so stilted and I end up putting off some people. Then again, I don’t mind that at all! Speaking proper English shows a certain caliber of character, I think. =)

    Delena
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    • Gloson
      March 28, 2011
      10:53 pm

      Hi Delena,

      Haha, thank you very much for the nice words! I’m very glad you enjoyed this post and found it useful. 🙂

      Cheers,
      Gloson

  29. Sunny @ Share Market Tips
    March 31, 2011
    5:09 pm

    Creative post. I was fighting with grammar from several years. And this article is full of good basic information of grammar only. Thanks for sharing.

  30. Tim@英文法
    April 16, 2011
    11:16 am

    Nice post covering some very common mistakes.

    With the “than I” vs. “than me” problem, I guess it depends on whether you are treating “than” as a conjunction or a preposition. Although our teachers would have always told us it’s a conjunction, with so many young people treating it as a preposition now that may well become the accepted use in the future. Grammar use changes over time and we have to accept that whether we like it or not.

    With “bring and take”, I think it’s easier to think of them in the same way as “come and go”. If you are going somewhere then you take something with you. If someone is coming to your house then they are going to be bringing something.
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    • Gloson
      April 19, 2011
      12:15 pm

      Hi Tim,

      Agreed. Grammar rules do change. 🙂 Good advice on “bring and take”. It really is much easier to think of it that way. 🙂

      Cheers,
      Gloson

  31. Rajesh@Bypass Sharecash
    April 27, 2011
    1:24 am

    Great and detailed post. I wondered even Mario got pt. 4 wrong. Even I did it wrong. Thanks for the useful information.
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  32. Bill Davis
    May 14, 2011
    11:37 pm

    Nice job, although many argue about so-called “correctness” after usage takes over. Some of those “mistakes” are so commonly used, they prove that the language is changing. I’m speaking of #3 and #4 where “it is I” and “he runs faster that I” maybe correct by traditional rules of English, but they are no longer so uncommon as to be considered substandard. In fact, to speak “correctly” often makes you seem pretentious.

    Not all of these examples deal with grammar. Some are spelling mistakes and some deal with vocabulary (lie/lay).

    Were you being ironic, or is it a genuine grammar mistake in your introduction when you say, “which is how I got to WROTE (sic) this post, anyway”? hee hee

    • Gloson
      May 15, 2011
      8:26 am

      Hi Bill,

      That is kinda ironic… Hee hee. 😛 Thanks for pointing that out. I guess that even writers who write about grammar mistakes sometimes make grammar mistakes on the same post on which he is writing about grammar mistakes! lol.

      Yeah, I agree with you. The language is changing, and new words (and also rules) are being invented. Hmmm… quite true, but grammar does deal with the correct usage of words, doesn’t it?

      Cheers,
      Gloson

  33. Liane
    May 15, 2011
    3:46 am

    Good job kid! One thing you could add to make it an even 10 is the chronic misuse of “due to,” which is now in a spiral of horror because even professional writers misuse it. The best way I can explain it is to say it can be used only with a noun or noun phrase (i.e. not a verb or verb phrase.)

    Wrong: We are cancelling due to bad weather.

    Right: The cancellation is due to bad weather.

    Rule of thumb: If you can replace “due to” with “because of” or “as a result of” in the sentence you are writing, then those are the phrases you should use! (i.e. “The cancellation is because of bad weather” would make no sense.) 🙂

    • Gloson
      May 15, 2011
      8:00 am

      Hi Liane,

      Wow, I never knew about the “due to” mistake. Thank you so much for adding to the post. I really appreciate that. 🙂

      Cheers,
      Gloson

  34. ClaudiaBroome
    May 25, 2011
    11:33 pm

    What a great post Gloson! So many people who use English as their first language never use the above technicalities correctly. I find that at times, I write my posts and use incorrect grammar because it has become so widely accepted. When I do, it gives me an emotional hit because my mom was a self proclaimed grammarian. She gave me a hint when I was young and that was to finish the sentence in order to use the correct word. e.g. Who is going? He and I or him and me? If you finish the sentence, you see that…He and I are going. -not- Him and me are going. That was probably not the best example but you get the idea!! Great post my friend!!
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    • Gloson
      May 26, 2011
      6:12 pm

      Hey Claudia,

      Very nice of you to drop by! Haha, yeah, perhaps when these broken rules are becoming more widely accepted, they may become new rules! I get it. 😛 It was very nice of your mom to give you lessons. Haha :P. Thank you very much, I’m glad you enjoyed the post Claudia. 🙂

      Cheers,
      Gloson

  35. Jämför Smslån
    June 12, 2011
    7:07 pm

    Thank you for this article! I’ve been doing a lot of these mistakes myself, but not anymore:)

  36. Khan@supercuts
    July 1, 2011
    9:13 pm

    You have diverted our attention to common mistakes that we often do in grammar..

  37. Dan@weathervane
    July 9, 2011
    10:39 am

    English is a hard language to master, especially since most of it doesnt make common sense. Seems like you got it down Gloson. Great post

  38. Sara
    July 11, 2011
    10:59 pm

    Thank you for writing this! English isn’t my native language and I’m not that good in it so I often make mistakes. I’ve always thought that it’s “It’s me” and “It’s I” sounds wrong to my ears. That’s how deep the wrong grammar is in my brains.

  39. Hyder Mohammed
    July 12, 2011
    11:24 pm

    Glosan! Thanks a lot for this useful post, you really cleared some of my doubts in this post. If possible keep posting this kind of articles i’m sure your readers will like it 🙂

  40. Roz Bennetts
    August 18, 2011
    12:18 am

    Thanks for the article Gloson. I’m afraid to say it was needed and I thought some of the ‘wrongs’ I was using were correct, such as “If I was an elephant” still looks right to me 🙁 I’m going to keep the page open and restudy it because I still haven’t got my head around it all. Much needed and appreciated.
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  41. Saket Jajodia @ SJbn.Co
    September 10, 2011
    8:22 pm

    Hey! Thanks a lot man.. It really helped me.. 🙂

  42. Tiffany
    September 27, 2011
    10:24 am

    Hey there, Gloson!
    I have always checked my grammar by saying things aloud in my head and choosing whichever “sounds” the most accurate. Horrible, I know! Heh?

    This was a wonderful post though, which really helped me understand why these sentences are a certain way. Aha, such an inspiring kid. 😀 Would really love to meet you one day.

    • Gloson
      September 27, 2011
      9:32 pm

      Hey Tiffany!

      Thank you very much for dropping by! =D Yeah, just because I posted this doesn’t mean I have “prefect” grammar when I speak. Get it? “Prefect” grammar? hahahahah 😀

      Haha, I’m glad I helped you and I wish you the best for SPM! =)

      Bestest Regards,
      Gloson

  43. Satrap@ Make Money Online
    October 6, 2011
    11:11 am

    Hey Gloson,

    What a great guide. As someone how never took any formal class to learn to write in English, I do make mistakes, though as soon as I learn of them, I go back and fix the problem.

    One of the biggest confusion I had was about the “I were” and “I was”. And even my girlfriend who is a native English speaker wasn’t able to get me to understand it.

    “….“If I were” is more for situations when you are imagining thing…” That makes it clear as a day for me Gloson. Thank you.
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  44. Gary Ashton@Brentwood short sales
    October 12, 2011
    1:16 pm

    Good job Gloson!

    These are really the common grammar mistakes. Notice that mostly it is the use of “I” and “me”. I little confusing when used in a sentence. I feel like reviewing my English grammar while reading the post 🙂 Thanks for the explanation Gloson! You are truly the best kid!
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  45. bloggingtalks
    October 16, 2011
    12:45 am

    hey thats amazing post this post is very usable for person like me whose language is not english as a native. thanks for sharing this cheers,,, 🙂
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  46. James@Inflation Effects
    October 26, 2011
    3:11 pm

    Hey Gloson!
    Thanks for your post
    I must admit that after years studying English as a second language, I sometimes make some of the mistakes you listed above, the “lay, lie, lie” is so confusing.
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  47. WayneEvans
    November 2, 2011
    8:21 pm

    Wow Gloson what a great work really,
    I think so many people do these mistakes like i was doing before reading your post. Its a great guidance and creative work. All points are very confusing but 7 and 8 are the most common mistakes and confusion which every one do unconsciously.
    Thanks for correcting us 😀

  48. Frank@futures market
    November 15, 2011
    6:00 pm

    Thanks Gloson!
    Your post is really useful. It proves me a lots.
    Just this morning, I had an argument with one of my classmates who always insisted that “between you and I” is the correct saying. The situation is “This is the secret between you and …”. And we had to choose the correct answer for the word in blank. And she chose “you and I”.
    Now I have to make a buzz on her Y! to show her this link. There’s a Lady Gaga song called “You and I”. Maybe she was confused by this song.
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  49. Jake@crude oil futures
    November 15, 2011
    6:06 pm

    Wow I can’t think you’re so young Gloson when I first click to this page.
    Your grammar is really really amazing
    even much better than any college students out there
    I myself sometimes make some basic mistakes although know how to write it correctly
    like take and bring
    so crazy
    thanks for your post and advice anyway

  50. Bruker
    November 17, 2011
    4:42 pm

    Really impressive post Gloson, people normally do these mistakes and after reading this i am sure it will help many people.
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  51. Sara Angel
    December 4, 2011
    11:34 pm

    An amazing post, very nicely explained. By the way, I am also confused between “in my opinion” or “according to me”. I hope you clear my confusion.
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  52. zes
    December 17, 2011
    10:08 pm

    You got me smiling when I came to the i.e. and e.g. explanation part. Its really unbelievable that I never learned that in school. Well, you have my respect Gloson. Thanks!

  53. Ruth Sayson
    December 24, 2011
    12:31 pm

    Wew, I really learn many wonderful information on you post. I had to admit it I’m not good with grammar and reading your post really help me a lot. I realize now that there are lots of things that I need to learn about grammar, since I believed that it is very important most specially when you really want to have a quality content for your blog. Thank you for sharing this Gloson and wish to learn more wonderful insight from you.
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  54. Arjun Rai
    January 24, 2012
    4:10 pm

    That was really an amazing information, i have never thought about these things before but really appreciate your way of writing and topic choice.
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  55. johnavery
    February 14, 2012
    6:12 pm

    I am redirected here from your previous blog in which how did i get 3000+ visits on a day by a single mention,where you described about a content rich post and mentioned this. now about this post, the examples are super good gloson the examples really fit to the explanations and i like your choice there are more common mistakes done such as people making a mess with active voice and passive voice, still your selection of the mistakes also shows us a fraction of the genius in you.keep the great work. I would personally like you to continue a thread in the same topic and update it as often as u can. Cheers.
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  56. Mane
    February 19, 2012
    7:55 am

    Hi, Gloson! As an EFL teacher (i.e., English as a Foreign Language teacher) I must say I love this entry! It’s very clear and to the point, not to mention entertaining! I’ll recommend it to my students =)

  57. HTC sensation xe pay monthly
    February 22, 2012
    3:24 am

    Dude you are so cool… How did you get the idea to choose this content to share. I must say you have solved so many confusions. I really like the explanation of “It is me” or “It is I”?. As I was not aware of it earlier and used to make mistake till now and apart I have never make any mistake from the above mentioned list. Regards for the post.

  58. Sam
    February 25, 2012
    7:15 pm

    Hey Gloson,
    How’s everything I hope its perfect and I came to your site by reading your twitter story which was amazing 😉 I wish my post would also get such piece of cake. 🙂 any way Gloson pretty good discussion is going over here and I am happy to be part of it :).. and moreover this post shows your hard work and excellence in writing.
    Have a great weekend Gloson
    -Sam
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  59. waterpearls
    March 26, 2012
    9:41 pm

    Hi Gloson,
    We should avoid these common mistakes and this post is really helpful in findingout our grammar mistakes.Thanks!
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  60. waterpearls
    March 26, 2012
    10:25 pm

    Hi Gloson,
    You well focused on common grammar mistakes and especially in writing we should have to avoid these writing errors.Thanks for sharing!
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  61. Pete Goumas
    March 26, 2012
    10:28 pm

    Hi Gloson,
    Its a very nice and informative post.Thanks for sharing 9 common grammar mistakes.I found this post helpful.Thanks.
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  62. Arjun Rai
    May 31, 2012
    6:28 pm

    Post is really impressive, we all do these type of mistakes daily, thanks for correcting us and sharing this informative post with us.
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  63. wajid
    August 2, 2012
    2:12 am

    great information and nice way of explanation its very helpful thanks for sharing dear.
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