Common mistake A have been (I have been)

As an English grammar guru, I often come across common mistakes that people make when writing. These errors can sometimes lead to misunderstandings and confusion. In this article, I will discuss some of these common mistakes and provide guidance on how to avoid them.

Subject-Verb Agreement

One common mistake that many people make is with subject-verb agreement. This occurs when the subject and verb in a sentence do not agree in terms of number. For example:

  • Incorrect: The cat sleeps on the bed.
  • Correct: The cats sleep on the bed.

It is important to ensure that the subject and verb agree in terms of singular or plural form.

Confusing Homophones

Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Many people often mix up these words when writing. Here are a few examples:

  • Incorrect: Their going to the party tonight.
  • Correct: They're going to the party tonight.
  • Incorrect: I need to buy some new clothes for work.
  • Correct: I need to buy some knew clothes for work.

It is important to pay attention to the correct usage of homophones to ensure clarity in your writing.

Using Incorrect Tenses

Another common mistake is using incorrect verb tenses. This often happens when there is a lack of consistency in the timeline of the sentence. For example:

  • Incorrect: I go to the store yesterday.
  • Correct: I went to the store yesterday.

It is important to use the appropriate tense to accurately convey the timing of the action in your writing.

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A have been (I have been) mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    A have never been there.

    I have never been there.

  • Incorrect:
    A have witnessed the biggest event ever.

    I have witnessed the biggest event ever.

  • Correct:
    Several cases of hepatitis A have been diagnosed in Denver.
  • Correct:
    Popeyes and Chick-fil-A have been fueling the debate about where to get the best chicken sandwich for weeks.
  • Correct:
    The Oakland A's have seen quite a few catchers squat.
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