Common Grammar and Spelling Mistakes

by DerpBacon

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When writing a story, mistakes are made. The majority of these mistakes are affiliated with and spelling. On ChooseYourStory, as well as the rest of the Internet, there are certain mistakes that pop up over and over again. How are these mistakes made so frequently? Some words are mistaken for others, and, usually, those words are homonyms, such as the trio "there, their, and they're."

This is a short list of the most common grammar and spelling mistakes, with an explanation on how you should properly use each.

1. Your and You're

These words are the most commonly mistaken, in my opinion. In many stories, I have seen "your" used instead of "you're" nearly every time.

When using "your," you show ownership to something. (Example: Do you like your new shoes?) When using "you're,'' you are shortening the phrase "you are." (Example: You're a very good musician.)

Right: Your dog, Butterscotch, escapes the pen!

Wrong: You're dog, Butterscotch, escaped the pen!

Right: You're a new police officer who recently joined the force.

Wrong: Your a new police officer who recently joined the force.

2. There, Their, and They're

These ones aren't mistaken too often, but they're still very commonly mistaken for each other.

When using "there," you state a location. (Example: The sports store is located over there.) When using "their," you show ownership of something to multiple, people. (Example: That is their garden.) When using "they're," you are shortening the phrase "they are." (Example: They're going to the amusement park tonight.)

Right: Look at that statue over there!

Wrong: Look at that statue over their!

Wrong: Look at that statue over they're!

Right: Their shirts are all identical.

Wrong: There shirts are all identical.

Wrong: They're shirts are all identical.

Right: They're looking forward to getting new cars.

Wrong: Their looking forward to getting new cars.

Wrong: There looking forward to getting new cars.

3. To, Too, and Two

These three may be the second most commonly mistaken words, especially "to" and "too."

When using "to,'' you express motion to a certain direction. (Example: I am going to the mall.) When using "too," you say "in addition," or "of higher degree. (Examples: Is he coming with us, too? | He was running way too fast indoors.) When using "two," you express the number in words. (Example: There are two ice cream flavors to choose from.)

Right: I will go to the movie later.

Wrong: I will go too the movie later.

Wrong: I will go two the movie later.

Right: The water can be flavored, too.

Wrong: The water can be flavored, to.

Wrong: The water can be flavored, two.

Right: I only have two dollars in my pocket.

Wrong: I only have to dollars in my pocket.

Wrong: I only have too dollars in my pocket.

4. Write and Right

One of the less common mistakes. I still see quite some mistakes with these words, however.

When using "write," you compose something, most likely a story. (Example: Can you write a zombie story?) When using "right," it either means "correct" or a form of direction. (Examples: The right answer is letter B. | To get to the park, take a right.)

Right: I love to write fan-fiction!

Wrong: I love to right fan-fiction!

Right: A cat can learn to stay indoors, right?

Wrong: A cat can learn to stay indoors, write?

If you are an author of a storygame, you should use this article to help avoid those simple mistakes that will occur more than you think!