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Grammar Mistakes NO ONE Should Make Part II

Updated on September 30, 2010

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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      Leni Sands 7 years ago from UK

      This is great - someone who thinks like me! I've voted this up.