Proper grammar is not just a must for writers but for everyone in their everyday lives. At one point or another, you would need to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. This is why it is important to educate yourself on the proper use of grammar. Most of us know the common grammar mistakes and avoid it like the plague.
We have done those searches for semicolons rules but there is more than that. Rules for semicolons is still necessary but we need to think further than that. What about those uncommon grammar mistakes we don’t hear about often? Well, here is a list of those uncommon grammar rules.
When referring to two entities in one sentence, the structure of your sentence is based on two things. Do both parties share the same item? Do they each have their own item?
Jack’s and Jill’s houses are green.
This shows that Jack and Jill each own a green house. Each party is referred to individually.
Jack and Jill’s houses are green.
Here we know there are two houses referred to but it is more likely that Jack and Jill own these houses together.
Parentheses use at the end of sentences
When a parenthetical sentence comes after another sentence the full stop remains outside the parentheses. Here is an example:
My children refers to play outside (you know how they hate being indoors).
When the parenthetical is a sentence on its own, and not part of a separate sentence, the full stop is included in the parentheses. Here is an example:
It is a fact. (Yet, if it is proven otherwise, everyone will still believe it.)
Who / Whom
For some reason, this one is still a grammar problem people just can’t seem to get right.
“Who” is a subjective pronoun. The same way we use “he” or “she”.
“Whom” is an objective pronoun. Other subjective pronouns are “him” or “her”.
If this is confusing, look at it this way. “Who” is used the same as let’s say “he”. Who likes me? He likes me.
Use the same strategy for the objective pronouns. We will use “whom” and the other objective pronoun “him”. I met with the recruiter whom seems impressed with my experience. I met him.
Continual / Continuous
Although these two words have a similar meaning, there is a difference in the way we use it in sentences. “Continual” means there is something occurring with a few lapses in between. “Continuous” means something is occurring without any breaks.
“The continual noise from my next door neighbours kept me up all night. “
“His continuous chattering would not stop.”
I wonder if we’ll ever learn all the grammatical rules out there but by learning a few on a regular basis will get us there. Avoiding the common and uncommon grammar mistakes will makes for better writers, students, employees, employers and many more. We should never stop learning and every new rule learned will get us closer to the ultimate goal of mastering the English language.
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