5 Common Difficulties in Learning English Grammar

English Grammar is one of the most technical aspects of learning to write good english. Let’s face it, not perfecting grammar makes it so difficult to express yourself in writing.

If you want your writing to be understood, we beg of you not to make these 5 mistakes. We are going to start off with one of the most common mistakes made by so many people.

The difference between “Your/You’re”

The use correct of your/you’re seems to be so difficult to learn that it is such a common problem. However, in short, Your applies to “possession” or “ownership” – meaning something belonging to you. Meanwhile, You’re is the result of contracting You are.

Incorrect
Your an amazing person.
Your the top student in my class.

Correct
You’re an amazing person.
You’re the top student in my class.

Comma Splice

The Comma Splice is another difficult aspect of learning English Grammar. The confusion seems to arise with the use of the semicolon. You see, comma splice occur when you use a comma instead of a semicolon or a period (full stop).

Incorrect
On Monday we partied all night, however, the next day we could make it to work.
I had scrambled eggs for breakfast, however, I did not enjoy it because it was cold.

Correct
On Monday we partied all night; however, the next day we could make it to work.
I had scrambled eggs for breakfast. However, I did not enjoy it because it was cold.

Run-on sentences

These types of sentences tend to happen when people get carried away with their writing; all the while, forgetting to apply the rule of English Grammar. Run-on sentences are difficult to read and causes your reader to lose track of what you were initially trying to say.

Incorrect
The cat stole my fried fish I saw him.
Her money was missing she knew who took it.

Correct
The cat stole my fried fish, but I saw him.
Her money was missing, but she knew who took it.

Unclear Pronoun references

Sometimes as we write, we may used a pronoun such as: he, it, this or that without a clear reference to the noun we are referring to.

Incorrect
Logan and his brother went to the park and he was happy. (who exactly is happy?)
Mary and Jane went to Jamaica. She said it was fun being there.

Correct
Logan and his brother were happy when they visited the park.
Mary and Jane said it was fun being in Jamaica.

Broken sentences

Sentences that complete an entire idea is very important when writing proper english. Grammar is an integral part of ensuring your sentences convey the message you are trying to put forth get across accurately. Hence, avoiding broken sentences are very important.

Incorrect
The young boy continued to run after the dog. Though I told him not to.
The young man presented his speech. Before he acknowledged anyone.

Correct
The young boy continued to run after the dog, though I told him not to.
The young man presented his speech, before he acknowledged anyone.

We hope we have helped to simplify the process of learning English Grammar. While these are just some of the difficulties people face when trying to learning to write, learning to perfect this five points will really make a difference in how good of a writer people view you as.

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