Grammar Mistakes NO ONE Should Make Part II
Welcome to Part II of "Grammar Mistakes No One Should Make." If you haven't read part I, I suggest you do so at your earliest convenience.
6. THAN vs THEN
Use THAN for comparison
- I like Starbucks more than Dunkin Donuts.
Use THEN for chronology
Sometimes I go to Starbucks and then go to Dunkin Donuts.
7. IMPACT as a verb
While debate is forming about this, it's best not to use the word "impact" as a verb when you mean to say "influence." Impact as a verb generally refers to a physical condition concerning the teeth or bowels.
Use IMPACTED for physical conditions
- Her wisdom teeth were impacted.
Use IMPACT as a noun, a synonym for "influence"
- The results of the recent poll had an impact on my decision.
8. TALKING BOOKS
Books don't talk. You know that, yet you continue to write, "The book said..."
Use Authors not objects
- The author of the book delivers the truth.
9. EACH OTHER v. ONE ANOTHER
Use EACH OTHER when referring to only TWO people
- The couple stared longingly into each other's eyes.
Use ONE ANOTHER when referring to three or more people
- All the students in my class get along with one another.
10. DIFFERENT THAN v. DIFFERENT FROM
Nothing can ever be different "than" something
Use DIFFERENT FROM when comparing two nouns
- Her dorm is very different from mine.
Continue to Part III
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