Common Grammatical Errors
Semi-colon ( ; ) Dew, Due, Due to, Do
Used to link two complete and related sentences Dew- moisture
Their, There, They’re Due to – caused by
Their- a possessive plural Do- to perform or execute
There- place or place holder Example: What should I do when a paper is past due?
They’re- contraction of ‘they are’
Affect, Effect Principle- an accepted rule of action or conduct
Affect- signify change or alteration in feeling Principal-director of a school
Effect- noun referring to the result of something
Than, Then Here- place or present
Than- used when making a comparison Hear- to perceive by ear
Then- refers to time
To, Too, Two Cite-to quote
To- indicate movement or action Site- location
Example: Go to the store.
Too- an intensifier or substitute for “also” Lead, Lead, Led
Example: too slow, too late, I want to go too. Lead-to show the way
Two- the number 2 Lead- metal
Example: There are two stores. Led- past tense of lead
Whose, Who’s Except, Accept
Whose- possessive version of who Except- exclusion of
Who’s- contraction of ‘who is’ Accept- to take or receive
Your, You’re Forth, Fourth
Your- possessive connotation Forth- onward, outward
You’re- contraction of ‘you are’ Fourth- numerical value
Statue, Statute Should, Would, Could have
Statue- a three-dimensional work of art ‘Should’, ‘would’ and ‘could’ is always to be
Statute- an enactment made by legislation/ followed by ‘have’ rather than ‘of’. However,
expressed in document form substituting ‘of’ for ‘have’ is common in speech.
Trial, Trail Other things to keep in mind:
Trial- determination of an individual’s guilt or
innocence based on due process of the law Remain focused and do not deviate
Trail- to make a path through or follow a track significantly from the main idea.
Its, It’s Check to make sure your paragraphs are
Its- the possessive form of it cohesive, chronological and contain
It’s- contraction of ‘it is’ transitions to the next thought.
Lose, Loose Spell-check does not pick up all spelling and
Lose- misplace; opposite of win grammatical errors! PROOFREAD your
Loose- not restrained or free from attachment paper PRIOR TO SUBMISSION!
Example: Don’t lose the dog when you set it loose in the