Indians are the clearest and well-versed English speakers. They are known for the clarity and the proper diction. However, seldom it is that English is the native language of the people. English is taught in schools and individuals learn it by use. However, in this process of learning through other people’s speech and vocabulary, they also learn several mistakes, which the speakers would do. One has to be very careful to escape the error scope and be alert and a little bit conscious while using the language. Let us look at the five most common errors done in the English language:-
1.You’re and your: – Probably the most frequent mistake people make while speaking or writing English. You’re you are, meaning saying something to an individual whereas your is a pronoun suggesting the possession of something.
Example: – Your bag is lying on the table. (Possession)
You’re a valuable part of our team.
Special note: – Whenever you say welcome, it is you’re welcome and not your welcome.
2. Affect and effect: – This confusing pair of words is good enough to wobble the most of the writers and speakers’ confidence. Affect means having an influence and change whereas effect means the result or outcome of an event.
Example: – The heavy rains affected the roads and they were now blocked.
The firefighter tried every possible way to end the fire but the ways had no effect.
3. Then and than: – A rather different and easier conflict, it becomes confusing at times. Then means afterwards or at a particular time whereas than is used in the comparison.
Example: – Early humans used to walk all the way, as there were no cars then.
Chelsea is better than Manchester United.
4. Their and there: – These two words are also often interchanged and the whole meaning of the sentence changes. Their means possession of they and there is used to locate something.
Example: – India won the match. Their efforts and hard work paid off.
There is no way to go to Australia by road.
5. Fewer and less: – A sleeper mistake, which would go, unnoticed even in the case of well-known English speakers and writers. Fewer is used when the things can be counted while less is used when the things are not countable.
Example: – There are fewer books in my cupboard.
There is less water in the lake now.
Significant mention: – Another new mistake done by people is using the word “alright.” There is no word as alright. The word is all right and this is often written as alright which is grammatically incorrect.
Therefore, the above mistakes are very common and it takes a Grammar Nazi to know all the difference. But now you have read this article and your English has become way better than before. The best way to remember the difference is to use as much as possible and check every time. It is very important to use and check or you may end up getting more and more confused. Another suggestion is to correct people and teach them whenever possible. Teaching is the best method to learn anything and make sure you have understood it correctly! Thus, be aware and make everyone aware!