As a blogger, you are responsible for respecting your readers’ time. Grammar is an essential tool in any writer’s toolbox, and bloggers/content creators are essentially writers. To hold your readers’ attention, it is important that your posts have good grammar. It is impossible to collate the entire world of grammar in a single post. So, here I have tried pointing out the key mistakes that (in my humble opinion) most of us commit.
You really wouldn’t want to start your blog post like this – “I’m so enthousiastic to review this [Insert book name]. The first book in this siries was officially my favorite book of 2018.”
Notice the errors- enthousiastic instead of enthusiastic. Siries instead of series.
Take another example – “I present to you my monthly warp-up”. See the error- warp instead of wrap.
In the hurry to click “Publish”, we overlook such simple mistakes, but they can ruin your posts – for your readers. Honestly, reading posts with spelling mistakes is extremely distracting.
Good news – this is the easiest to correct.
Just use the spell check option in Microsoft Word. It automatically removes many spelling errors. First, write and edit your post in Word or a similar application, and then copy and paste it to the WordPress Editor. Moreover, you can also use free online programs to remove spelling errors.
This one results in some hilarious gaffes.
Nope, I am not going to provide any examples of the gaffes. Let’s just focus on what subject-verb agreement is.
It means the subject must agree with the verb. If the subject is singular, its verb must also be singular. If the subject is plural, its verb must also be plural.
The dogs guard the mansion.
Dogs –> plural, so the verb ‘guard’ will NOT have ‘s’.
The dog guards the mansion.
Dog –> singular, therefore the verb ‘guard’ will have an ‘s’.
The above examples use verbs in the present tense. Do check out grammar books and other Internet resources to learn further about the subject-verb agreement in other tenses.
The mother of all grammar rules- the FANBOYS rule
Although the use (or misuse) of the comma deserves several posts to be explained, I am going to keep it short and simple with this one rule that’s guaranteed to reduce your comma mistakes by half.
The FANBOYS stand for the conjunctions- for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so. They connect other words, clauses, or sentences. When you see anyone of these connecting words and there are two complete thoughts in the sentence, insert a comma before the conjunction. For example,
I brushed my teeth and went to sleep.
In the above line, we are not using any comma since “went to sleep” is not a complete sentence and cannot stand on its own.
Let’s consider another example.
Virat couldn’t take time off work, so Anushka canceled their dinner reservation.
“Virat couldn’t take time off work” and “Anushka canceled their dinner reservation” are complete sentences. They can stand on their own. Hence, a comma is required before the conjunction.
Capitalize the proper nouns
Be it a product that you are talking about in your post, or the names of the characters of a book, capitalize them.
Write ‘Harry’ instead of ‘harry’.
Instead of writing “The trio bully rose”, write “The trio bully Rose”.
Note: Your word processor often detects the mistakes mentioned in the points 1, 2, and 4.
Do let me know in the comments section below what online/offline resources you use to remove grammatical errors in your writing.
- I am not Grammar police. 😛 Please don’t unfollow me after reading this post. 😦
- I have presented to you just the tip of the iceberg. Please do take help of grammar books and other Internet resources to further your learning of grammar.
Below are the links of some resources you can check out.
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