Here are the top 10 grammar mistakes people make, according to Microsoft

Airtel Nigeria Call services
Social sharing

(There’s a good chance you’ve made at least one.Flickr/Het Nieuwe Instituut)
Even smart people make stupid mistakes in their writing.

Sometimes it’s laziness or impatience; sometimes they’re genuinely confused.

Using data from millions of its subscribers, Microsoft recently rounded up a list of the top 10 grammar mistakes in the English language. The data comes from people who use Microsoft Word and/or Outlook, both of which come with a tool called Editor.

Editor highlights spelling and grammar errors and makes suggestions to help improve your writing.

It can make a bad impression if you have a document riddled with mistakes, says Nicole Michel, a linguist who is also a project manager at Microsoft.

She told Business Insider: “If you send a CV to a potential employer and it’s full of grammar or spelling mistakes, it’s going to show carelessness and lack of attention to detail, and also it shows that you’re not really putting emphasis and importance on the task.”

Below, we’ve listed the 10 most common grammar errors, along with examples, according to Microsoft. There’s a good chance you’ve made at least one.

1. Leaving too many white spaces between words

Example: To  the left.

Correct: To the left.

2. Missing a comma

Example: If the weather remains the same we’ll leave early.

Correct: If the weather remains the same, we’ll leave early.

3. Missing a comma after an introductory phrase

Example: First of all we must make sure that the power is off.

Correct: First of all, we must make sure that the power is off.

4. Missing a hyphen

READ ALSO  Update: Nigerians Consume 400 Million Condoms Annually - SFH

Example: My 3 year old son

Correct: My 3-year-old son

5. Incorrect subject-verb agreement

Example: The cats eats.

Correct: The cats eat.

6. Incorrect capitalization

Example: It’s cold, But we are going out.

Correct: It’s cold, but we are going out.

7. Mixing up possessive and plural forms

Example: My sisters car is old.

Correct: My sister’s car is old.

8. Incorrect agreement with noun phrases

Example: I would like to buy this apples.

Correct: I would like to buy these apples.

9. Commonly confused words

Example: After all that running, I am out of breathe.

Correct: After all that running, I am out of breath.

Read Microsoft’s list of most commonly confused words

10. Incorrect verb form after auxiliary

Example: They had ate when we arrived.

Correct: They had eaten when we arrived.

 – Y!news

About 9News Nigeria 6806 Articles
9News Nigeria, Global Breaking News Platform, News from Nigeria, News from Africa, Nigerian News, African News

Be the first to comment

Leave your comment

UBA Bank
  • Blackface hits 2face again, says, when I was singing “Hard Life” 2face was busy singing, “I dey feel like Obasanjo”

    Social sharing

    Social sharing Dance hall king, Austin Amedu has come hard on his former band mate, 2face Idbia over his stand on the ongoing nationwide protest Read more

  • Out Now: Chima Chill – ‘No Sleeping’ Feat. Everybody loves Josh (Video)

    Social sharing

    Social sharingFast – rising talented artiste, Nwachukwu Kelvin Chima a.k.a Chima Chill, who hails from Enugu State and based in Lagos has released his first Read more

  • #EndSars: Nollywood celebrity Charles Okafor joins protests, urges youths to remain peaceful (Video)

    #EndSars: Nollywood celebrity Charles Okafor joins protests, urges youths to remain peaceful (Video)

    Social sharing

    Social sharingNollywood celebrity Charles Okafor has joined in the throngs of Nigerian super celebrities who for the interest of the country have joined forces with Read more

  • Popular Singer, Davido Officially Signs LIYA As DMW’s First Lady (Photos)

    Social sharing

    Social sharingFollowing months of searching for a lady who could possibly follow the footsteps of Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade or even DJ Cuppy and a Read more

  • 2020 MTV EMA: Burna Boy, Rema Nominated For Best African Act

    Social sharing

    Social sharingMTV announced nominations for the 2020 MTV EMAs, and Nigerian singers Burna Boy and Rema have been nominated for the Best African Act. BET Read more