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Grammar Doesn’t Need To Be Hard

grammar doesn't need to be hard
Anita Hales      4

Grammar Doesn’t Need To Be Hard

grammar doesn't need to be hard

Yes, you need to learn grammar. But Grammar doesn’t need to be hard.

Writing so that people understand what you mean is vital to a blogger and copywriter.

If people are confused by your writing, they will go elsewhere for information.

That’s why you need to pay attention to grammar.

I know it’s boring and kind of a pain to bother with. Yeah, I know you just want to write freely and not worry about that kind of stuff.

You might also be under the false idea that using bad grammar will somehow connect you to your audience by being more real.

You might also think that you’ll rely on the spell checker and grammar checker in your word processor.

The dirty truth about that is that it gets things wrong all the time. Even as I write this Microsoft Word is giving me wrong signals about my grammar and spelling.


Writing understandable copy is vital.

Writing understandable copy is vital.

Grammar doesn’t need to be hard if you take it in little bites.

In my blog post yesterday, I listed some resources that would help you learn better grammar.

But to make it easier, I’m going to give you a list of the most common grammar mistakes so you can start checking your copy right away.

[mlsp-cta campaign=”copywritingmastery” layout=”standard” align=”left”]Now, just because you need to learn some good writing habits doesn’t mean you should put off writing until you learn it.

Nobody learns to swim without getting into the water first. Just start writing and you can get better as you go. Just as swimming doesn’t need to be hard, grammar doesn’t need to be hard.

Reading a lot can also help your grammar. As you read good books, your own language will improve naturally.


 

But here are the top grammar mistakes I see all the time. Get these right and you’ll be miles ahead of the competition.

  1. Your and You’re.
    1. Many people just use “your” for everything and forget what it really means. “Your” implies possession as in “your dog”, “your thoughts”, “your money”, “your time”.
    2. “You’re” is what is called a contraction. It is a combination of two words, “you” and “are”. The apostrophe takes the place of one or more missing letters to make it into one word.
    3. Ask yourself if you mean possession or if you mean action as in “you are happy” or “you are going places.” If you need that action verb “are” to convey your meaning, use the contraction “you’re”
    4. Not everyone pronounces these words the same way but some do causing the confusion in their usage.

 

  1. See, Saw, Seen
    1. Past tense of “see” is “saw”, as in, “I saw it yesterday” or “I saw you downtown”.
    2. “Seen” is ALWAYS used with a helping verb, as in, “I have seen it before”. Always say, “have seen”. NEVER EVER say, “I seen it.” Instead say, “I saw it.”

 

  1. There, Their, They’re
    1. You would use the word “There” if you are indicating direction, as in, “over there” or “put the vase there”.
    2. “Their” indicates possession usually in reference to someone previously mentioned. You’d say, “their book”, “their cat”, “their rights as citizens”.
    3. “They’re” is another contraction made from the words “They” and “Are”. You’d say, “They’re going on vacation” or “They’re crazy”. It is sometimes pronounced slightly different from the other similar words.

 

  1. To, Too and Two
    1. To indicates direction or action, as in, “I’m going to school” or “I plan to write a new blog post”
    2. “Too” would be used in place of the word “also”. It would also be used to convey excess. “Me too” or “Too much”
    3. Of course, two is the number 2.

 

If you work on just these 4 things, you’ll be head and shoulders above many other writers.

Your copy will be more “cringe-free” and more understandable.

Take it one step at a time. Grammar doesn’t need to be hard.

There’s lots of information on the web about using correct grammar. Just do a Google search of “common grammar mistakes” and you can get some long lists of things to improve in your writing.

Here’s a place to start: http://www.copyblogger.com/grammar-goofs/

Take them just a few at a time until using them correctly becomes easy for you so you don’t even have to think about it.

While a grammar checker can help, it’s not really reliable and often gives wrong information.

It’s better to know the rules yourself.

I’m done preaching now. Go and make yourself understood.

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4 Comments

  • Anita Hales

    March 30, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Great post Anita!! I get annoyed at the simple grammar errors like you pointed out. Thanks for sharing

      Anita Hales

      March 30, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      Me too. And they are so simple to fix. Just takes a little effort.

  • Anita Hales

    April 3, 2016 at 3:39 am

    Hi Anita,

    While it doesn’t need to be hard, I as none English speaker do have some problems with your language.

    So I did check the points given, and it turns out I knew them!

    Btw, I like the pointy “one subject at the time” approach you use
    in this post. Good idea for me to follow.

    Greetings
    Loek Woudstra

      Anita Hales

      April 3, 2016 at 8:29 am

      Thank you for the input. I’m glad my format is helpful.

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