Finally, 2017 is here.
In my last post, I mentioned three possible resolutions for writers to set themselves. One of which was about updating your knowledge on the correct grammar you are using.
Therefore, I have decided that this post will be about three common grammar errors made.
When to use ‘a’ and ‘an’
As many of us are aware, using either ‘a’ or ‘an’ depends on the starting letter of the word after it. Commonly, the ‘an’ is used before a vowel (such as ‘an owl’ or ‘an ant’), and the ‘a’ is used before a consonant (such as ‘a letter’ or ‘a bag’).
However, there are exceptions.
One exception applies when words begin with a silent ‘h’ (such as ‘honour’ or ‘honest’). Prior to the word, ‘an’ should be used instead of ‘a’.
If the word does not begin with a silent ‘h’ (such as ‘horrific’ or ‘hotel’), then ‘a’ should be used.
The use of ‘due to’
This rule, out of all, has stuck with me the most personally. Prior to learning this was an error, I would fondly use the phrase ‘due to’.
However, ‘due to’ should not be used to introduce an adverbial phrase.
One word or two?
As the English language continues to evolve, many words can fuse together to become one word instead of either being separate or hyphenated.
Although some of the original versions are still used today in writing, it is worth noting these fusions. Two examples are the words ‘forever’ and ‘email’.
Those are my three common grammar errors? As always, if you have any tips in mind that you would like to have included in future posts, please feel free to comment them below or to message me on Twitter.
I would like to state that I used the source English for Journalists (Hicks, 2013) to assist in identifying these three common grammar errors.
Hicks, W 2013, English for journalists, twentieth anniversary edn, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon.