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Common English Grammatical Mistakes


This community has been actually pretty helpful in improving English skills of the community members. You can actually notice that by checking the old posts of the community members, especially those who don't use English as a communication language in real life.
 

• Misplaced apostrophes:
 

Rules:

  • Apostrophes are used to indicate belongings (Something that belongs to someone).
  • To indicate something belong to one person, the apostrophe is before the letter 's'. Ex: Jake's shoes are old.
  • To indicate something belongs to more than one person, the apostrophe is after the letter 's'. Ex: These boys' shoes are old.
  • Apostrophes are used to indicate a a contracted word. Ex: I'm going to watch the TV.
  • Never use apostrophes to make a word plural. Even if the word is in number form (as in a date).
     

Common mistakes with their corrections:

  • I was born in 1980's. - I was born in the 1980s.
  • The book's are on the table. - The books are on the table.
  • Pauls shoes are dirty. - Paul's shoes are dirty.
  • The girls phones are old. - The girl's phones are old.



• Your & You're:
 

Rules:

  • "You're" is a short term for "you are".
  • "Your" indicates possession (The state of having, owning, or controlling something.)
     

Common mistakes with their corrections:

  • Your nice! - You're nice!
  • The book is on you're desk. - The book is on your desk.



• Fewer & Less:
 

Rules:

  • "Fewer" refers to something countable. Ex: Books, phones, cards and keyboards.
  • "Less" refers to something uncountable. Ex: Sand, water and rice.
     

Common mistakes with their corrections:

  • There are less books now. - There are fewer books now.
  • There is fewer water now. - There is less water now.



• To/Two/Too:
 

Rules:

  • "Two" refers to the number "2".
  • "Too" means 'Also' or 'As well'.
  • "To" can be used as a replacement for the word 'towards.
  • "To" can also be used in the infinitive formEx: To run.
     

Common mistakes with their corrections:

  • I'm going there to. - I'm going there too.
  • There are too books on the shelf. - There are two books on the shelf.
  • I'm on my way too Michael. - I'm on my way to Michael.



• Then & Than:
 

Rules:

  • "Than" is a conjunction that is mainly used for making comparisons (between people, elements and etc..).
  • "Then" is used to indicate something following something else in time. It's used a lot especially in step by step instructions.
     

Common mistakes with their corrections:

  • This is more then enough. - This is more than enough.
  • She thinks she's better then him. - She thinks she's better than him.
  • We're going to the candy shop than we will visit Jake. - We're going to the candy shop then we will visit Jake.



• i.e & e.g:
 

Rules:

  • "i.e" means 'in other words' or 'that is'. I.e comes from the Latin words 'id est'.
  • "e.g" means 'for example'.
  • i.e and e.g are ONLY used to write informally. Do not use it in writing formal letters (I do not also recommend using it in exams).
     

Common mistakes with their corrections:

  • He refuses to accept this offer, e.g: He won't accept it. - He refuses to accept this offer, i.e: He won't accept it.
  • Jake loves driving on congested roads, i.e: C-D and R-A. - Jake loves driving on congested roads, e.g: C-D and R-A.



• Their/They're/There
 

Rules:

  • "They're" is a contraction of they are.
  • "Their" is for belongings.
  • "There" refers to a specific place.
     

Common mistakes with their corrections:

  • I'm going to meet the squad at there house. - I'm going to meet the squad at their house.
  • The club is right their! - The club is right there!
  • Their playing in the garden. - They're playing in the garden.


 

• Accept/Except/Expect
 

Rules:

  • "Accept" is used to take or receive; to give a favorable response.
  • "Except" to preclude or exclude.
  • "Expect" to look forward to.
     

Common mistakes with their corrections:

  • I've excepted your application. - I've accepted your application.
  • I accept him to be there. - I expect him to be there.
  • I didn't except that! - I didn't expect that!


 

• Our/Are
 

Rules:

  • "Are" is used for plural nouns.
  • "Our" does mean belonging to "us".
     

Common mistakes with their corrections:

  • We have finished are tasks. - We have finished our tasks.
  • You can register an account on are website. - You can register an account on our website. 


 

• Allowed/Aloud
 

Rules:

  • "Aloud" does mean "loudly".
  • "Allowed" is used when you're letting someone (or something) have or do something.
     

Common mistakes with their corrections:

  • He wasn't aloud to do that already. - He wasn't allowed to do that already.
  • Using any kind of hack is not aloud on TruckersMP. - Using any kind of hack is not allowed on TruckersMP.



Several grammatical mistakes will be added soon. I currently mentioned the mistakes I regularly find within the community.

Remember this topic is mainly here to aware players and help them about the common English mistakes. Thus, I'd recommend the community to participate in mentioning known mistakes (even their old mistakes that they managed to correct).

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31 minutes ago, Dopaa said:
  • "Fewer" refers to something countable. Ex: Books, phones, cards and keyboards.
  • "Less" refers to something uncountable. Ex: Sand, water and rice.

 

Damn I didn't know about this one... Can't believe I've been saying it wrong for so many years. 😂

 

This is actually a great post, I'm quite sure it'll come in handy for many people, just like it did for me. Nice work.

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3 minutes ago, en_field said:

 

Damn I didn't know about this one... Can't believe I've been saying it wrong for so many years. 😂

 

This is actually a great post, I'm quite sure it'll come in handy for many people, just like it did for me. Nice work.


I'm glad I could help, and thanks. 🙂

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3 hours ago, Dopaa said:

• i.e & e.x:
 

Rules:

  • "i.e" means 'in other words' or 'that is'. I.e comes from the Latin words 'id est'.
  • "e.x" means 'for example'.
  • i.e and e.x are ONLY used to write informally. Do not use it in writing formal letters (I do not also recommend using it in exams).

Hmm, english is not my native language, but I think you may be wrong here:

i.e. - from latin "id est" - that is, in other words (you are missing one dot)

e.g. -from latin "exempli gratia" - for example

ex. - exercise - used to refer to an exercise (if your explanation is correct, why is there a dot after "e" and not "x", and what does the abbreviation mean)

 

 

 

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30 minutes ago, Granite said:

Hmm, english is not my native language, but I think you may be wrong here:

i.e. - from latin "id est" - that is, in other words (you are missing one dot)

e.g. -from latin "exempli gratia" - for example

ex. - exercise - used to refer to an exercise (if your explanation is correct, why is there a dot after "e" and not "x", and what does the abbreviation mean)

 

 

 

 

I prefer having only one dot because when you add the second one it looks like you're going to end the sentence, anyways I'll update it with the right one.

 

Ex. stands for "Example" neither exercise nor explanation, but in that case I noticed I misplaced "x" in "e.x". I'm going to replace it as well.

 

Thanks for the notice.

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On 3/1/2021 at 1:38 AM, FernandoCR [ESP] said:

I've always used e.g. as an abbreviation for "for example", never saw e.x. used that way.

 

Others I've seen:

 

Are / Our. As in:

You can register an account in are website.

 

Aloud / Allowed as in:

Using speed hacks is not aloud in TruckersMP.


As I said above "e.x." was a typo, I actually wanted to say "e.g." in there. I already fixed it.

Also I've added 2 more mistakes, that you've specified, to the topic, thanks.

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