Have common grammar rules been confusing you? Here's a
low-down on the most common mistakes
It's getting close to the pointy end of the TAFE NSW calendar.
Assignments are due, exams are scheduled and you may start to feel the
pressure mounting. We all want to see our hard work reflected in our
results, so be sure you aren't throwing away marks because of these
common grammar mistakes:
"Your" is a possessive pronoun… Use it
when you want to refer to someone owning something as in "How did
your exam go"?
"You're" is a contraction of "you
are", as in "You're not going to believe who was at TAFE
today"!... If you could swap "you're" for "You are
not going to believe who was at TAFE today"! You' re using it correctly.
"Its" is also a possessive pronoun… use it
when you're talking about an object's ownership, as in "my car
has its wipers on".
"It's" is a contraction of "it
is" or "it has", as in "it's been fun learning
about grammar but it's way more fun dancing around my bedroom to
‘Shake it Off' (we <3 Tay Tay)?
"There" is a place, as in "it's over there".
"Their" is another possessive pronoun… use
"their" when you are talking about more than one person
owning something, as in "Is that their house? They must have done
really well in their TAFE course to afford it"
"They're" is a contraction of "they
are", as in "they are the cutest cats, like ever"!
"Affect" is a verb – "to affect"
– meaning to influence or have an impact on something, as in
"your love of coffee may affect your concentration".
"Effect" is a noun – "a positive
effect" – referring to the result of being affected by something,
as in "the effect of coffee on a person's mood is great".
"Than" As a rule "Than" is used
when we are comparing things, as in "Android is way better
"than" iPhone" (fact).
"Then" can have a few different meanings,
we use it when we are talking about a sequence of time as in
""then" we went to the beach" or when we are
adding something, as in "then add two cups of sugar"… The
general rule is when we aren't comparing things we use "then".
This is an easy one to mess up. Remember it like this: "If your
belt is too "loose" you might "lose" your
pants" (and no one needs to see that).
"To" is an infinitive verb as in "I
just want to talk to you"
"Too" meaning also or as well as in
"I love you too".
"Two" as in the number 2.