While creating content we do tons of common grammatical errors that decreases the quality of content and make us look silly in front of others.


As a writer, common grammatical errors hurt our writing efficiency and make it hard for other people to understand the context.


So, that’s why I have created the 39 common grammatical errors that make you look silly while creating content.

Take a look at the list and don’t try to repeat the mistake while creating your masterpiece.


Here we go!



Your / You’re


Your – is a second person possessive adjective, used to describe something as belonging to you.

For example :

  • What is your name?
  • What happened to your mother?
  • Where is your home?


You’re – is the contraction of “you are“.

For example :

  • You’re beautiful
  • You’re smart
  • You’re one step ahead of me.


Sentence – You’re so talented at playing your piano.



It’s / Its


It’s – is a contraction of “It is“.

For example :

  • It’s is a good idea to save money for the future.
  • It’s your pen?
  • It’s been a year since the last time you met.


Its – is the possessive form of IT.

For example :

  • A car is no good without its wheels.
  • The hotel raised its rates.
  • Give the dog its bone.


Sentence – The milk is in its container. It’s your responsibility to drink it.



There / Their / They’re


There: means in or at that place. It is the opposite of here.

For example:

  • There are balloons.
  • She is there now.
  • There are many countries in the world.


Their: shows the possession, that something belongs to them.

For example:

  • Their house is big.
  • They left their mobile phone.
  • Their book is on the table.


They’re: is the contraction of “they are“.

For example :

  • They’re funny people.
  • They’re both really good books.
  • They’re something different from others.


Sentence – There we have seen you holding their books in your hand. They’re searching for you.



Then / Than


Then: relates to a time, mostly used as an adverb.

For example :

  • Then he picked up a pencil.
  • Then he started running.
  • That night it stormed and then turned cold.


Than: is used for comparison of things.

For example :

  • I am taller than him.
  • I like ice cream more than chips.
  • She runs faster than me


Sentence – I am smarter than him, then also he doesn’t listen to me.



Complement / Compliment


Complement: It is used to add extra features to something else to improve its quality.

For example:

  • Those glasses complement his hairstyle.
  • A great relationship is found when two people complement, not complete each other.
  • A great wine complement the meal.


Compliment: is used to pass positive comments about someone or something.

For example:

  • He complimented on my new look.
  • We complimented the chef for the food.
  • Don’t just compliment me! come here and hold my hands.


SentenceCake was complementary to food and paid a tip to the waiter as a compliment for the services.



Principal / Principle


Principal: represent the person or thing with authority or power.

For example:

  • Our principal of the school is very strict towards us.
  • She is promoted to the position of principal engineer.
  • Your principal balance is $10,000.


Principle: word represents the rule, law, and a guideline.

For example:

  • Every student follows the principle of our schools.
  • He is the man with principles.
  • Two principles of happiness are being kind and smiling.


Sentence – Our school principal shows the principles of kindness by always showing respect to every student. 



To / Too


To: is an adverb or a preposition with several meanings.

For example :

  • He sat next to me.
  • She ran to him when she saw him.
  • I wanted to remain calm.


Too: is an adverb that means “also” or “in addition”.

For example :

  • He wanted to go with them too.
  • Today you have eaten too much chocolate.
  • It’s too hot for that jacket.


Sentence – We are going to play football. You can join us too.



Setup / Set up


Setup: is a noun and it is used when something is arranged or planned.

For example:

  • He is trying to ignore me, the entire thing was a setup.
  • Setup a new plan for LA.
  • This place is a great setup for hosting parties.


Set up: is a verb and it is used to put things in order like installing software on a PC.

For example:

  • Let’s set up our new game.
  • The window will restart after set up.
  • Can you set up a dinner tonight?


Sentence – Setuped tour for Lost Angles. Get ready to set up your bags.



Fewer / Less


Fewer: means “not as many” and referred to people or things in the plural.

For example :

  • Only fewer peoples get success.
  • Fewer people wait to see the end of the movie.
  • Few pages left to read from that book.


Less: means “not as much” and referred to something that can’t be counted or doesn’t have a plural.

For example :

  • My glass has less water in it than yours.
  • Students spend less time studying in their homes.
  • Their relationship lasts for less than a year.


Sentence – Fewer jars have left less than 2 candies in it.



Whose / Who’s


Whose: word is a possessive form of “who”. It is used to shows ownership.

For example :

  • Whose hat is this?
  • Whose phone is this?
  • Whose car is blocking the path?


Who’s: is the contraction of  “who is or who has”.

For example :

  • Who’s at the door?
  • Who’s your parent?
  • Who’s got the T.V remote?


Sentence – Whose toy is this? Who’s the owner of this toy.



Affect / effect


Affect: means to influence or make a difference.

For example :

  • The rain will affect my plans.
  • Junk foodies affected my health.
  • Good music affect my studies.


Effect: means a “result” or “consequences”.

For example :

  • Her sunburn was an effect of exposure to the sum.
  • The main effect of studying results in better grades.
  • The overall effect of the scene was sad.


Sentence – Doing regular yoga affects your body and brain. This results in a calming effect on you for a whole day.



Loose / Lose


Loose: is an adjective that means to set free or release.

For example :

  • These pants feel too loose.
  • One of these screws is loose.
  • I have a loose watch.


Lose: is a verb that means to fail or suffer a loss.

For example :

  • You are a loser.
  • You don’t lose until you give up.
  • Sometimes I lose my keys.


Sentence – You lose the game because you have loosened the grip on your hand.



Lay / Lie


Lay: means to put something down carefully in a flat position.

For example :

  • Shall I lay the plates on the table?
  • I lay on the sofa in the afternoon.
  • I want to lay down.


Lie: means to be in or put yourself into a flat position.

For example :

  • I like it when my dog lies on me.
  • I love to lie on the bed and read.
  • I lied to my teacher.


Sentence – I have seen her notebook laid on the table but she lied that she doesn’t have.



Into / In to


Into: indicates movement or some type of action that is taking place.

For example:

  • She walked into the room.
  • Step into the shower.
  • Get into the car.


In to: is the adverb “in” followed by the preposition “to”. Sometime in and to just end up next to each other.

For example:

  • I dropped in to say hello.
  • He turned in to the driveway.
  • I like to tune in to the classical radio.


Sentence – Please log in to our website and jump into the world of new experience.



A lot / Allot


A lot: means many.

For example :

  • I love to read a lot of books.
  • We have a lot of money in our bank account.
  • There is a lot of fish in the tank.


Allot: means to distribute between or among.

For example :

  • My mother allots $10 to each of us.
  • Can you allot the money as discussed?
  • I will allot a radio for each group.


Sentence – He takes a lot of time to finish his work because he doesn’t know how to allot others.



Which / That


Which: the word is used to ask questions or add some information to the preceding noun.

For example:

  • Which is your house?
  • Which book is mine?
  • Which shirt would you like to wear?


That: is used to indicate a specific person or object.

For example:

  • That is your friend.
  • It is a sad movie that can make you cry.
  • I work in a multinational company that is top in the list of Forbes.


Sentence – Which game we will play. That will be exciting or not.



Lets / Let’s


Lets: is a third-person singular present tense form of the verb “let“.

For example:

  • She lets her dogs go on the bed.
  • Great. Your boss lets you off for the wedding.
  • Night lets you see the stars.


Let’s:  is a contraction of “let us“.

For example:

  • The food is ready. Let’s eat.
  • Let’s go to the party tonight.
  • Let’s do our homework.


Sentence – She lets us enjoy on the sofa, let’s have more fun.



Peek / Peak


Peek: means a quick look or glance.

For example :

  • It’s fun to peek into other people’s worlds.
  • Open the box and peek inside.
  • She took a peek at what was hidden inside my bag.


Peak: means the maximum point, degree, or volume of something.

For example :

  • People are at peak for a programming job.
  • I want to reach a peak of success in my business.
  • Demands for electricity peaks in the evenings.


Sentence – Mount Everest is the highest peak in the world. I want to peek for once in my life.



Emigrate / Immigrate


Emigrate: means someone who is leaving country or region.

For example:

  • Ava is an emigrant from Austerialia.
  • My teacher emigrated to the UK last summer.
  • The emigration to Switzerland varies much from year to year.


Immigrate: means you are coming into a country to live.

For example:

  • John is an immigrant to India.
  • Emma and her family are immigrants to France.
  • Amy wanted to immigrate to the USA.


Sentence – Immigration brings a lot of skilled workers into our country but emigrants of another country have to face a lack of skilled workers.



May / Might


May: is used to ask permission in formal speech and what is possible.

For example :

  • May I be excused?
  • May I help with your homework.
  • I may have dessert after dinner.


Might: is used for situations that could be possible.

For example :

  • If you hurry, you might get there on time.
  • If I win the lottery, I might buy BMW.
  • He might have called earlier, but I was not home.


Sentence – I may not go on dinner today, but we might go tomorrow.



Except / Accept


Except: means excluding or with the exception of.

For example :

  • I am not going to forgive everyone except her.
  • I can resist everything except temptation.
  • Check all the boxes except the optional.


Accept: means to agree or to receive something offered.

For example :

  • I accept he may have been busy.
  • She accepted the invitation.
  • I accept I was wrong.


Sentence – I accept, I can eat complete pizza but except the last piece of it.



Further / Farther


Further: means something that is additional or more, as well as referring to distance.

For example :

  • She moved further down the bus.
  • Call me soon without further delay.
  • Have you anything to further to say?


Farther: means greater physical distance, a distance that has been measured.

For example :

  • He moved farther down the train.
  • He couldn’t walk any farther that day.
  • The yellow car is farther away than a black car.


Sentence – Don’t further call him, get farther from John.



Could / Would / Should


Could: is used to suggest a possibility, and to make a polite request.

For example :

  • Could ‘A’ be the answer?
  • Could you please pick this pencil for me?
  • Could you please pass that paper?


Would: is used to ask questions and to make a polite request.

For example :

  • Would you like to have coffee or tea?
  • How would you do that?
  • Would like to come tonight with us?


Should: is used to express something that is possible, to ask questions, to show obligation, and give a recommendation, or even an opinion.

For example :

  • Should I turn off the lights?
  • He should be polite with me.
  • You should stop watching too much T.V.


Sentence – I think you should join us at our party tonight. Could you come? But how would you reach here?



Amount / Number


Amount: should be used when you’re talking about the singular noun that can’t be measured.

For example :

  • He paid a large amount of money to him.
  • It makes a certain amount of sense.
  • He received a fair amount of changes.


Number: should be used when you’re referring to a singular or plural noun that can be counted.

For example :

  • A large number of people are players of football.
  • I want your number.
  • My number is unlisted.


Sentence – The amount of your success depends on the number of failures you have gone through.



Me / Myself / I


Me: the word we use to refer to ourselves as the object of a sentence.

For example:

  • She called me on Friday.
  • She invited me to have dinner with her.
  • He gave me a present on my birthday.


Myself: is used when you are the object of your own action.

For example:

  • Today I will cook myself.
  • I will search for him myself.
  • I fixed the car myself.


I: the word is used to refer to ourselves as the subject of a sentence.

For example:

  • I like to play cricket.
  • I like Pepsi more than coco-cola.
  • I love to eat ice cream.


Sentence – I had bought a lottery ticket for myself last Saturday. If I had won they have informed me.



I.e / E.g


I.e: In Latin terms, it stands for id est and it means “that is”.

For example :

  • I have only one best friend, i.e XYZ.
  • I don’t like to eat raw fish, i.e sushi.
  • I like superheroes, i.e superman who always saves the world.


E.g: In Latin terms, it stands for exempli gratia and it means “for example”.

For example :

  • I have many friends. E.g A, B, C, and so on.
  • I can speak many languages. E.g English, French, German, and Spanish.
  • There are many animals in the zoo. E.g Lion, Tiger, Bear, and so on.


Sentence – Last year I visited a country, I .e India and seen many beautiful places e.g Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Agra Fort and so on.



Insure / Ensure / Assure


Insure: something or someone is to cover it with an insurance policy.

For example :

  • I insured my bike for a year.
  • He forgets to insure his phone.
  • She insured her home from fire and flood.


Ensure: something is to make sure it happens.

For example :

  • We ensure that we will reach our goal in a month.
  • He ensures that he will return home quickly.
  • She double-checked the gas to ensure everything is fine or not.


Assure: someone is to remove someone’s doubts.

For example:

  • He assured us that everything will be right.
  • Kid stop crying when his mother assured him to have a chocolate.
  • The teacher assured their students to have a break after 15 minutes.


Sentence – He assured his family life by insuring them with a policy that ensures their future after he is no more.



Between / Among


Between: the word is used to refer to one-to-one relationships.

For example :

  • You have to choose between ice cream or chocolate.
  • Don’t enter fair between us.
  • The secrets will always remain between us.


Among: the word is used to refer to indistinct or nonspecific relationships.

For example :

  • Share these chocolates among yourself.
  • We all love to live among like-minded peoples.
  • Pinterest is more popular among women.


Sentence – You are the best player among your friends. Can we have a friendly match between us?



Capital / Capitol


Capital: means a city serving as a country’es seat of government, an amount of money or property, an uppercase letter, excellent or principal.

For example :

  • The capital of England is London.
  • Can you invest capital in my business?
  • Fill up all the boxes in capital letters.


Capitol: is a building in which the legislative body of government meets.

For example :

  • U.S Capitol is one of the most famous man-made landmarks in America.
  • The new state’s Capitol was finished in 3 years.
  • Senators meet at the U.S Capitol.


Sentence – The capitol is the main building of the U.S government from where the government manages the capital of different public sectors.



Led / Lead


Led: it is the past tense and the past participle of the verb to lead.

For example:

  • The general led his troops into battle.
  • He led the troops to victory.
  • He led us through the museum.


Lead: means being in charge or being in front.

For example:

  • We will follow your lead.
  • He is the lead actor in that movie.
  • I am the lead author of this book.


Sentence – The president led the country out of a deep recession. He was a great leader of all time.



Chose / Choose


Chose: is the simple past tense form of the verb choose.

For example :

  • I chose to eat pizza on the last Thursday.
  • Chose to go to the water park on my birthday.
  • I chose to wear white at my wedding.


Choose: the word means to pick one thing over another.

For example :

  • Choose between a pen or pencil.
  • Why don’t you choose one shirt?
  • I choose to wear jeans over trousers.


Sentence – Last summer we chose to visit Hawai. This year it’s hard to choose between the UK and the USA.



Defence / Defense


Defence: is used in British English.

For example:

  • Military and naval defence forces to be under one command.
  • You should know how to defend yourself.
  • Defence is the art that everybody should learn.


Defense: is used in American English.

For example:

  • In his defense, he attacked me.
  • You should learn self-defense.
  • He acted in self-defense.


Sentence – Our football team has a great defense strategy, no other team can defence our attack.



Grey / Gray


Grey: is a British English.

For example :

  • I like the grey color.
  • My hairs become grey with time.
  • My house is in grey.


Gray: is American English.

For example :

  • He is wearing a gray t-shirt.
  • Add more gray into the mixture.
  • She has very beautiful grey eyes and black hair.


Sentence – Grey clouds are above our head, let’s take a gray umbrella for precaution.



Advisor / Adviser


Advisor: is a person who gives advice.

For example:

  • He is the advisor of my father.
  • People love to become the advisor of others without asking.
  • Advisors give their advice free of cost.


Adviser: is the same as an advisor, the only difference is in its spelling.

For example:

  • The adviser is an expert in a specific field.
  • Every company has an adviser.
  • The Neighbours are the best adviser you can ever get in your life.


Sentence – The work of an advisor is to advise you but implementing it depends on you. Listen carefully to the words of the adviser.



Alright / All right


Alright: is used in informal contexts, and no dictionary fully accepts this word as a correct spelling. You should avoid using it.

For example:

  • The kids are alright.
  • I fell alright after seeing you.
  • Everything is alright between us two.


All right: is used in formal contexts, and present in the dictionary of both British and American English. You should use it more frequently than alright.

For example:

  • Our answer is all right.
  • Everything sounds all right.
  • All right, let’s go.


Sentence – She does all right in school.



Desert / Dessert


Desert: is the dry area with few plants.

For example :

  • The Desert is very hot during a day.
  • Very hard to find water in a desert.
  • The Thar desert lies in the north-western part of India.


Dessert: is the sweet course at the end of a meal.

For example :

  • We love ice cream as dessert after a meal.
  • Dessert was a slice of two different kinds of pies.
  • We ordered ice cream and cheesecake for dessert.


Sentence – We enjoyed our dessert after a meal in the hot desert.



While / During


While: is used to refer to the background period where activity has happened.

For example :

  • My mobile rang while I was watching T.V.
  • I met him while we were in college.
  • I can make dessert for you while the meat is cooking.


During: means representing an activity.

For example :

  • We love to eat ice cream during the summer.
  • We love to play with snow during the winter.
  • Don’t talk during the test.


Sentence – During a water break, we can go for popcorn while players will take the rest.



Everyday / Every day


Everyday: is an adjective use to describe something that’s seen or used every day.

For example :

  • Those shirts are great for everyday wear.
  • This outfit if for everyday use.
  • The pen is used in everyday work.


Every day: is a phrase that means “each day“.

For example :

  • I go to work every day.
  • Every day I am feeling better than yesterday.
  • We miss our bus every day.


Sentence – My bat is used in an everyday cricket match but every day my chance of batting comes in last.



Here / Hear


Here: is the used to point the location where you are.

For example :

  • Come here.
  • Here is your pen.
  • Can we stop here?


Hear: is a verb having to do with the ability to perceive sound.

For example:

  • Can you hear my voice?
  • I heard about your accident.
  • He always hears me carefully.


Sentence – Musician visited here last Monday and we heard his beautiful music for an hour.





This is the end of 39 common grammatical errors that make you look silly and you should take care of them.

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