Common mistake Missing verb (some cases)

The Most Common Grammar Mistakes: How to Avoid Them


English grammar can be tricky, even for native speakers. With its numerous rules and exceptions, it's no wonder that so many people make grammar mistakes from time to time. However, by becoming aware of the most common errors, you can improve your writing and communicate more effectively. In this article, we will highlight a few of these mistakes and provide tips on how to avoid them.

The Missing Verb

One of the most prevalent grammatical errors is the absence of a verb in a sentence. A verb is essential as it expresses action or a state of being. Without it, the sentence lacks clarity and may confuse the reader.

  • Incorrect: She to the store yesterday.
  • Correct: She went to the store yesterday.

In the incorrect example, the verb "went" is missing, making the sentence grammatically incorrect. By adding the verb, the meaning becomes clear and the sentence is properly constructed.

Subject-Verb Agreement

Singular and Plural Subjects

Another common mistake involves subject-verb agreement. This means that the subject and verb must agree in number; a singular subject takes a singular verb, and a plural subject takes a plural verb. Failure to adhere to this rule results in an incorrect sentence structure.

  • Incorrect: The bag of apples were delicious.
  • Correct: The bag of apples was delicious.

In the incorrect example, the verb "were" does not agree with the singular subject "bag." By using the appropriate singular verb "was," the sentence becomes grammatically correct.

Indefinite Pronouns

When using indefinite pronouns such as "everyone," "anyone," or "someone," it's important to remember that they are always singular. Many people mistakenly treat them as plural, resulting in grammatical errors.

  • Incorrect: Everyone were invited to the party.
  • Correct: Everyone was invited to the party.

By using the correct singular verb "was," the sentence is grammatically accurate.

The Comma Splice

A comma splice occurs when two independent clauses are incorrectly joined by a comma without a coordinating conjunction (and, but, or, etc.) or appropriate punctuation. This mistake can make a sentence hard to read and understand.

  • Incorrect: I went to the store, I bought some groceries.
  • Correct: I went to the store and bought some groceries.

In the incorrect example, the comma is used to join two independent clauses, which is incorrect. By adding the coordinating conjunction "and," the sentence becomes grammatically correct.


Awareness of common grammar mistakes can significantly improve your writing and make it more polished. However, it's always beneficial to have additional support to ensure accuracy. Linguix grammar checker can be a valuable tool to help identify and correct various grammar errors while expanding your writing skills.

Missing verb (some cases) mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    We could one of them.

    We could use one|could be one of them.

  • Incorrect:
    We can two of these.

    We can use two|can be two of these.

  • Incorrect:
    That she may one of the Tyr-Ridan

    That she may use one|may be one of the Tyr-Ridan

  • Correct:
    I'm not convinced we need one for that.
  • Correct:
    We need one of those.
  • Correct:
    Any more than I would one of NAFTA medals.
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