English, despite all its complex simplicities, cannot always be easy to master. Despite the fact that English has become almost like the first language in many schools and is catching up as a primary language in offices, there are some grammar errors that we all continue to make. From your suited boss to your friend who tops the exams, these grammar errors have tricked them all at some point or the other.
So, what are these grammar errors we are talking about? Let’s find out…
Common Grammar Errors
Anyways Vs Anyway
A simple “S” added at the end has continued to confuse people for a long time now. However, the correct word to use would be anyway. Anyways, an adverb means regardless. That obviously makes anyways incorrect as adverbs can’t be plural.
Many a times Vs Many a time
Many a times is used pretty often in general English vocabulary. However, while “a” is a singular and indefinite article, “times” is plural and the usage of a to donate times defies the laws of grammar. Many a time stands as the correct and better version of it.
Revert back or Reply back Vs Revert or Reply
Revert in itself means “to return to something or to go back”. As such, adding back to revert can be loosely translated to “to go back back”. This, if you think about it makes no sense and nor does reply back. Revert and reply when written alone convey the meaning as effectively but more sensibly than a revert or reply back.
Discussing about Vs Discussing
Discuss means to “talk about (something) with a person or people.” Adding about after something that actually means to “talk about” seems redundant and is grammatically incorrect, to say the least.
No ways Vs No way
No ways and no way has continued to confuse people for a long time now. Much like anyways, no ways has made its way in the everyday language but it does not mean it is correct. Though an accepted slang, no ways stands incorrect for it refers to not any ways. No way says not any way and is grammatically correct.
Give an exam Vs Take an exam
When you walk in the examination hall and sit for an exam, you actually take an exam. However, say you are a teacher or planning on becoming one and you are all set to test your students then you will give an exam (to the said students).
Data is Vs Data are
Data is or datas, none of these are correct. Data is the plural of datum and requires to be treated as one. That means, the next time you are framing your sentence around data you should use are and not is.
Loose Vs Lose
Loose means “to release something”. It is also an adjective which means “not tight”. On the other hand, lose means to unable to keep something or find something or misplace something.
A year Vs An year
The usage of ‘a’ vs ‘an’ before year is backed by how it is pronounced. Many people tend to pronounce year as ear which is wrong. Year is supposed to be pronounced as (ye)ar. That is why ‘a year’ is correct as opposed to ‘an year’.
Lot many Vs Many
Lot – great quantity, quantities, an abundance.
Many- a lot of, a large/great number of, great quantities of, plenty of.
Using many alone serves the purpose better and in a correct manner that a lot many. A lot or lot before many, is redundant and does not really add to the meaning.
Though pretty simple, these words are used incorrectly in everyday life by a lot of people. You might be guilty of many of these grammar errors too. To better your grammar and up your chances of getting a better job (yes, your English and grammar do have an effect on the kind of job you get), you can take the MyEnglish test. With MyEnglish, you can test your English and grammar and walk away with study materials and get a chance to better to English with each passing day.