Grammatical ErrorsThat Can Ruin Your Writing

  • Grammar mistakes are the most challenging part of every writer's life. Even if you have been speaking and writing English all your life, you will still find yourself making some grammatical errors. The scary thing is that writers do not know these common grammar mistakes. They do not know how they can mess up your work.

    • Excessive Use of Adverbs

    Adverbs are words that often end in 'ly.'They are used to modify verbs. They are okay when used occasionally, but they become an indicator of poor verb choices when used excessively. For example, you can say 'really fast' to modify the verb 'ran,' but 'sprinted' paints a more vivid word-picture for the reader.

    • Ambiguous Modifiers

    A modifier that is 'squinting' is a misplaced modifier. Depending on its location in a sentence, it could modify the phrase that comes before or after. This in return changes the sentence subject. To correct the squinting modifier, you can move its position in the sentence to make it clear to the reader that word that you are modifying.

    • Wordiness

    Always simplify your work to communicate clearly to your readers. The use of unnecessary and excessive words only complicates your writing. It may leave the reader frustrated. Go straight to the point by streamlining your sentences through the usage of strong nouns and verbs. If you have a problem writing simple and short sentences, can be of great help.

    • Wrong Use of Lay and Lie

    The verbs ‘lay’ and ‘lie’are intransitive and transitive verbs respectively. When referring to 'placing something somewhere,' for example, a bowl or a cup, you are supposed to use 'lay,' which requires an object 'the.'However, if you intend to refer to 'stretching on a bed to sleep,' then you should use 'lie,' which does not require an object. Interchanging these words ends up confusing the reader. 

    • Comma Splices

    Splicing means joining or connecting. A comma splice is a scenario where a writer joins two independent sentences with a period or coordinating conjunction, instead of separating them. A comma should not be used to join two independent sentences.

    • Run-on Sentences

    Run-ons are also referred to as fused sentences. This usually occurs when two sentences that are complete are conjoined without using proper coordinating conjunctions or punctuation such as semicolons and periods. These sentences can be either short or long.

    • Sentence Fragments

    These sentences are incomplete and lack one independent clause. Moreover, a fragment may not have a subject, a complete verb, or both. In most cases, a fragment depends on the sentence that follows it to give meaning.


    These are just a few widely-known grammar mistakes that writers commit when writing. You need to learn from them and correct your mistakes before it ruins your content. Mistakes are common, but how often you commit them is what matters.