What grammar or punctuation errors bother you the most when reading?
"try and [verb]..." Example: "I will try and publish another hub tomorrow."
Correct: "try TO [verb]" I will try to publish another hub tomorrow.
A common mistake, but O how it bugs me!!
When people can't tell the difference between the possessive, (that which belongs to it) = (its), and the contraction of (it is) = (it's) . Also, when people can't tell the difference between the contraction of (you are) = (you're) and the possessive, (that which belongs to you) = (your).
Those examples of putting apostrophes lackadaisically really drive me crazy. It's not rocket science, people! Get your act together! We're talking basic basic here!!
"Your" and "you're"... two small, simple words, but they are interchanged for each other in numerous ways! I happen to be what some people would call a "grammar nazi" and many grammatically incorrect things bother me, but I think the "your" and "you're" interchange irks me the most. While they may sound alike, they have two completely different meanings! "Your" is a possessive pronoun and "you're" is the contracted form of "you are." How can you understand a sentence that reads, "You're dog ran away" or "Your going to the mall?" You are dog? Pronouns going to the mall? So, yes, it really irks me.
No because I'm one of the biggest grammar violators. Ask my professors. My ideas flex faster than my grammar muscles.
English is not my first language, so I am probably very forgiving with grammar mistakes in the name of ignorance. What bothers me, though, is repetitions of a same word, especially in short stories and novels. There are many ways to avoid them and their absence makes any text much more enjoyable to read. It also shows that the writer edited his or her prose before publishing it. Laziness is not a virtue, and neither is taking one's readers for granted.
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Usually, I make errors due to typing too quickly and not checking my own writing. If anything, I'm my own worst critic... so the errors that bother me most, are my own!
What are yours?
My biggest irk is 'should of' instead of 'should have'. I know teachers that do this! Admittedly, not English teachers!
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