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COMMON GRAMMATICAL MISTAKES YOU NEED TO AVOID!

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1. Affect / Effect Affect is a verb, as in: Your ability to communicate will clearly affect your income. Effect is most often a noun, as in: The effect of poor grammar on a persons income is well documented. 2. Than/ Then Than is used in comparative statements. Unlike then, than is not related to time. E.g., He is taller than I am. Then is used either as a time marker or with a sequence of events. E.g., Look over the study guide first, and then if you still have questions bring them up in class. 3. Loose/ lose Loose is an adjective. It means- the opposite of tight or contained. E.g., There is a dangerous dog loose on the street. Watch your footing on this loose gravel. Lose is a verb that means to suffer the loss of, to miss. E.g., I win! You lose! Don't lose your keys. I never lose bets 4. Complement/ Compliment Complement is a noun and verb. In any case, it refers to something that completes or goes well with something. E.g., The sauce is a nice complement to the vegetables. The sauce complements the vegetables nicely. Compliment is also a noun and a verb. It indicates the offering of praise or flattery to another person, as does the adjective complimentary. Thanks for the compliment. Thanks for complimenting me. 5. Fewer/ Less Fewer is used in situations where you can count something. E.g., Robert has written fewer poems since he has got a real job. Less is used in situations where you cant something. E.g., There is less soda in my glass than in Johns.

6. Historic/ Historical Historic means an important event. Historical means something that happened in the past. 7. Principal/ Principle Principal is a noun meaning the highest in rank or the main participant. E.g., Our school has a new principal. Principle is a noun meaning fundamental truth, law or standard. E.g., Some of the players failed to maintain the principles of the game. 8. Literally Literally means exactly what you are saying is true no metaphors or analogies. For example, it would be wrong to say Im literally dying of shame (unless you are actually dying, of shame). 9. Farther/ Further

The word farther implies a measurable distance. E.g., I threw the ball ten feet farther than Bill. Further should be reserved for abstract lengths you can't always measure. E.g., The financial crisis caused further implications. 10. Disinterested/ Uninterested A disinterested person is someone whos impartial. Judges and referees are supposed to be "disinterested." Uninterested means not interested in or concerned about something or someone: "I was totally uninterested in chemistry".