Common Grammar Problems

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A

B

C

capital
a capital letter; money is operating capital;
capitol
the capitol building; the capitol of the nation, state, province, etc.;

D

defiantly
defiantly: to defy;
definitely
definitely or indefinitely;

E

each other
each other, always two words;

F

G

H

I

J

K

L

M

N

O

OK
OK or okay, but not Ok or ok in lowercase; be consistent in spelling it throughout your writing;
okay
OK or okay, but not Ok or ok in lowercase; be consistent in spelling it throughout your writing;

P

principal
a major player or part; the head administrator at school, the headmaster or headmistress;
principle
a guiding principle; standing on your principles or beliefs;

Q

quiet
be quiet or shut up;
quite
quite clear;

R

S

scar
only two R’s and ah sound: scar, scars, scarring, scarred, scarrify; star, stars, starring, starred, starry;
scare
only one R and cat sound: scary, scare, scares, scaring, scared; stare, stares, staring, stared;

T

though
tho → though;
through
thru → through;
to, too, two
He brought two horses to the corral too.
to, too
She wants to (listen) too.
to
To = at, toward; to you, to the tree, to do something;
too
Too = also, and, more; too much, include him too;
two
Two = 2;

U

used to
  1. Correct: We used to (verb).
  2. Incorrect: We use to (verb).
  3. Correct: We use (noun). We used (noun).
  4. “Used to” is a fixed verbal expression for a continuing past action that someone may or may not do now.
  5. “Use” is a general purpose verb, and various prepositions (by, for, with, etc.) may appear with it.

V

W

waist
you put a belt around your waist;
waste
waste is garbage or excess beyond need;

X

Y

yea
yea is said, “yay,” like voting yea or nay;
yeah
yeah is yeah, yes, affirmative;

Z

Tail