Common mistake isn'r (isn't)

Common Mistakes in English Grammar


English grammar can be complicated, and even the most experienced writers and speakers can make mistakes. In this article, we will discuss some of the common grammar errors that people often make and provide examples to help you understand and avoid these mistakes in your own writing and speech.

Mistake #1: Confusing "Is not" with "Isn't"

One common mistake is the incorrect usage of "isn't" instead of "is not." Many people use "isn't" to shorten a sentence, but this contraction is only applicable when the verb "is" is followed by the word "not." For example:

  • Incorrect: She isn't here yet.
  • Correct: She is not here yet.

Mistake #2: Misplacing Apostrophes

Apostrophes are used to indicate possession or to form contractions, but they are often misplaced. The most common error is using an apostrophe when indicating a plural noun. This is incorrect; to form a plural, simply add an "s" without an apostrophe. For example:

  • Incorrect: The dog's are barking.
  • Correct: The dogs are barking.

Mistake #3: Confusing "Their," "They're," and "There"

The words "their," "they're," and "there" are commonly mixed up, even by native English speakers. To differentiate between them:

  • "Their" indicates possession: That is their car.
  • "They're" is a contraction of "they are": They're going to the party.
  • "There" refers to a place or location: The book is over there.

Mistake #4: Incorrect Subject-Verb Agreement

Subject-verb agreement is essential for grammatically correct sentences. The verb must agree with the subject in terms of number (singular or plural). For example:

  • Incorrect: The cat plays with balls.
  • Correct: The cat plays with a ball.

Mistake #5: Using "Me" Instead of "I" (and Vice Versa)

Using "me" instead of "I" (or vice versa) is a common mistake, especially in the context of compound subjects or objects. To determine which pronoun to use, try removing the other noun in the sentence. For example:

  • Incorrect: Me and my friend are going to the movies.
  • Correct: My friend and I are going to the movies.

If you want to improve your grammar and avoid these common mistakes, consider using a grammar checker like Linguix. Linguix provides real-time grammar and spell-checking suggestions, helping you write with confidence and accuracy.

isn'r (isn't) mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    Sorry, we can'r reproduce the problem.

    Sorry, we can't reproduce the problem.

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