Hey you’re guys. Thanks, for reading my blog post. I am a good writer and I likes it when people added my stuff. I learn them real good when they read my writing. Whew, enough of that. That was on the verge of painful, right? While your writing may not be that bad, you may cause just as much pain for your professors as my writing just
caused you. Never fear though. Grammar woman is here to save the day. Here are a few common grammar mistakes that you should learn to avoid if you want to keep your professors happy.
1 – Good Vs. Well
I can’t tell you how much the improper use of “good” bugs me. I’m from the south, which isn’t exactly the grammar capitol of the world. Nevertheless, I know my way around the English language, especially when it comes to good and well. Good is not a direct substitute for well. Not at all. Good is an adjective, and well is an adverb. That means
that you can use good to describe a person, place or thing; and you can use well to describe a verb, adjective, or another adverb. For example, ary did a good job. She drove the truck well.
For example, ary did a good job. She drove the truck well. In this case, good describes the job and well describes her driving abilities. See the difference? Here’s how I remember it: You do well. You are good. If you can keep that in mind while you write creative essay, you will avoid them
Here’s how I remember it: You do well. You are good. If you can keep that in mind while you write, you will avoid the ear-splitting use of “I did well.”
2 – Not Only, But Also
Whenever you use the phrase “not only” in a sentence, you have to use “but also.” You need that phrase to complete the thought.
For example: Not only is this blog awesome, but it is also really informative. Notice that the but and the also don’t have to be right next to one another. They just have to be in the second half of the sentence. This sentence would be incorrect: Not only is this sentence annoying, but it comes with an improper question mark at the
This sentence would be incorrect: Not only is this sentence annoying, but it comes with an improper question mark at the
Ignore the question mark I threw in for humor and read the sentence through. Does it see just a little off? It should. By putting also in the second half of the sentence, you can eliminate that icky feeling when you read through it.
3 – Loaned vs. Borrowed
I can’t tell you how many episodes of Judge Judy I’ve watched where Judge Judy literally stops someone from speaking just to correct him or her on the use of loaned or borrowed. Someone loans you money. You borrow it from them. That is how those two words work. The main person in the sentence determines which action word you use. In
the sentence, “She loaned the money to me,” she is the main person in the sentence. You wouldn’t say “She borrowed the money to me.” You could say she borrowed the money from you, but never to you. Learn that lesson well.
The same can be said for teach and learn. Someone teaches you. You learn from him. You cannot say that someone learned you well, or even worse, learned you good. You’ll get thrown out of college for this.
4 – Tooken
Tooken is not a word. Taken is. Took is. Tooken isn’t. That’s all I have to say about that one. The annoyance has tooken the words right from my fingers.
5 – Everyone…Them
Whenever you use a singular noun, you need to have a singular pronoun to follow. Some examples include each, either, neither, someone, everyone, somebody, and everybody. An old English teacher of mine used to say “each, either, neither, the ones and the bodies.” That is how I learned which words are singular and which ones are
plural. For words like that, use pronouns like him and her in the sentence, not they.
Good example: Make sure that everyone does his or her homework.
The incorrect version of that would be: Make sure everyone does their homework.
This concept takes a bit to get used to, and even I mess up on it a lot. Nevertheless, you now know that it could be a problem with a professor of yours so you can correct it in your writing.
Hopefully the tips below make you a better writer, but if you already knew all of that information, more power to you. Now it’s your job to teach everyone else so we can all have intelligent conversations with one another in the future, beyond the years of slurs and slang that we call “college.”