Nothing could be more detrimental – in a student's life – than making common grammatical errors when writing or speaking. It makes one sound ignorant and uneducated when; in essence, they could be educated and very professional. Here is how to avoid most common errors.
Make certain that your verb tenses match. This is a primary rule that applies to both written and spoken English. The trick lies in ensuring that if your subject is present tense, then let the verb that follows be in present tense as well. Do the same to verbs and past tense subjects.
Always pay attention to the subject in consideration. That is to say, before writing or speaking about a subject, think whether it is in singular form or in plural form. Any word, for instance, that has 'do not' and 'are we' belong with the plural subject.
Never forget to take any extra words before 'I' or 'Me' – when deciding which one to use. This is very important as it will make your sentence sound more logical to all and sundry. For example, if your phrase reads: “My mother and me went home” It is necessary to replace them 'me' with 'I' to make it look coherent. “My mother and I went home”.
Avoid using fragments in your sentences. Every sentence that you write should always have a verb and a subject. And that is not all. Desist also from using double negatives. For instance, instead of writing, “I am not telling anybody my story”, write “I am not listening to anyone”.
Use the words “went” and “gone” correctly. Same applies to the words, “well” and “good”. These words have the potential to twist your grammar – in a bad way. Like say, the word “well” is used to pertinently describe how something ought to be done. While “good” is used in describing something. Use them well to avoid any grammatical errors.