TOP 10 Most Common Grammar Goofs


I’m not an English teacher nor a grammar expert. This is based from my previous experience and from what I’ve noticed from my Inbox and in different social media platforms. Well, honestly, I’m not good in English subject especially in grammar when I was studying, that’s why I force myself to write an english blog for me to practice… eventually. I just want also to blog this to remind others and also for me to familiarize the difference.

I listed down some common grammar mistakes or wrong usage of word/s in a sentence. Some of them might be confusing to others or should I also say,  I’m also confused at first, but I research to validate if it’s correct. These are some of them…


“Affect” is usually a verb meaning “have an influence on”.  Effect is used as both a noun and a verb, though the noun use is much more common than the verb. As a noun, effect means a result or an influence.  “Effect” as a verb. (Not common, but acceptable in rare cases.) To produce a result; to cause something to occur; to bring about an outcome.

   The study was intended to show how alcohol affects reaction time.

   They discussed the effect of the global warming.

   CEO said the cutbacks were designed to effect basic economies for the company


“Error” is a noun, a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention and “err” is a verb, to make a mistake or be incorrect. When you commit an error you err.

8. A While vs Awhile

A while is a noun meaning “a length of time” — “I slept for a while.”

Awhile is an adverb, meaning “for a time,” or literally, “for a while”. — “I slept awhile before dinner.”

As you can see, the words can be used almost interchangeably in some cases – but “a while” needs to be accompanied by a preposition, such as “for” (“I slept for a while”) or “ago” (“I left work a while ago”). “Awhile” always means “for a while”.


“Maybe” is an adverb meaning “perhaps” or “possibly. “May be” is a verb phrase meaning “might be” or “could be.”

6. DOS and DON’TS

When we write lists of dos and don’ts, many people mistakenly write “do’s and don’ts”, with an apostrophe in “dos” (and sometimes double apostrophe in “don’ts”[don’t’s]). The proper way is to write dos and don’ts—with no apostrophe in “dos”.


When you pretend you are singing by synchronizing your lip movements to a recording, you lip-synch. People mistakenly think the expression is “lip-sing,” and they often omit the required hyphen as well. Note that you can lip-synch to speech as well singing. Some used the spelling “sync” rather than “synch”. Users of each form tend to regard the other as weird, but in contemporary writing “sync” clearly prevails.


Follow-up and followup are different spellings of the same word. The hyphenated form is more common, which is a noun. In either form, it works only as a noun or an adjective. When you need a verb, make it two words—follow up.

“Please email the analyst to follow up on an earlier exchange, and your colleague might respond to your follow-up with a followup question.”


“Advice” is a noun and “advise” is a verb.

When a teacher advises students, she gives them advice.

Please advise.

Please give me an advice.

 2. YOUR vs YOU’RE

“Your is a possessive adjective, indicating ownership of something. “You’re” is a contraction (combination) of “you” and “are”. Some people used “ur” just to be safe, but you will make yourself more disgusting to others.

That is your sock.

Do you know what you’re doing?

1. ITS vs IT’S

The very common mistakes is this. Some of them maybe oversight or just write it unintentionally…  sometimes. “It’s” is a contraction for “it is” or “it has”. “Its” is a possessive pronoun meaning, more or less, of it or belonging to it. “It’s going to rain,” not “Its going to rain”. And there is no such word as its’.


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