As a writer, your grammar is one of the things your reading audience uses to rank your work. If you love to write but are not crazy about grammar, you’re not alone. Many writers would rather clean their houses rather than edit an article.
Mastering the spelling of words and reading your own work word for word might not be your idea of fun. However, submitting or publishing work ridden with grammar mistakes is a show of laziness and a lack of respect for written works.
No one wants to correct your grammar as they read your articles. That is why all new writers need to invest time and resources in polishing their grammar. If you want readers to take you seriously, you need to edit all your works before you publish them thoroughly.
Writing is a noble craft, and you need to treat it as such. To win your readers’ hearts, you should ensure they’re not distracted by grammatical mistakes. As a self-publishing author, make sure all your sentences make sense. Otherwise, people won’t buy the next book you write.
Since editing is so tedious, you could always enlist online professional writer services. Otherwise, here are eight common grammar mistakes you should avoid as a new writer.
1. Sentence Fragments
Many new writers have an issue with sentence fragments because they don’t read their articles once they’re done the writing. The best way to get rid of phrases that don’t make sense is by reading out loud.
Some might be wondering what a sentence fragment is. Well, these are incomplete sentences that don’t have an independent clause in them. If a sentence depends on the proceeding one to give it meaning, it’s a fragment. Most sentence fragments lack a subject while others don’t have a complete verb or even both.
2. Missing Commas
Placing commas in the right place might sound like a simple thing to do, but very many writers have a hard time doing it right. For instance, you need a comma after writing an introductory element, but many writers fail to do so.
Missing just one comma can drastically change the meaning of a sentence. To avoid confusion, ensure you learn the right places to have commas when you’re writing.
3. Using an Apostrophe With “Its”
The only place you should use an apostrophe with “Its” is when you mean to say it is or it has.
4. Dangling Modifier
Modifiers are optional elements in a sentence that is used to modify another element within the same sentence. A dangling modifier is a misplaced element because it’s incorrectly separated from the element it is supposed to modify.
Sentences with dangling modifiers sound awkward and confusing. It’s not easy for the reader to know which element the modifier is meant to modify. To eliminate them, all you have to do is read out loud.
5. Vague Pronoun References
Vague pronoun references leave the reader wondering who or what the pronoun is referring to. You can replace a noun with a pronoun, but make sure the reader can easily tell what you’re talking about.
6. Incorrect Word Usage
There are many words that writers tend to use incorrectly. Incorrect word usage confuses your reading audience because they end up changing the meaning of an entire sentence.
When you use words in the wrong context, it reflects badly on you as a writer. Your reading audience automatically concludes that you are careless. Each time you’re in doubt about the meaning of a word, make sure you check its definition.
7. Run-on Sentences
Punctuation is an important part of sentences. Run-on sentences occur when you connect two independent sentences without the correct punctuation.
8. Colon Mistakes
Lastly, we have a colon mistake, which is quite common. The correct way to use a colon is to indicate that you’re introducing a quotation, phrase, list, or clause after a complete sentence.
Every writer needs to be cautious when editing to ensure they don’t publish works with grammatical errors. Every time you’re not sure about the meaning or spelling of a given work, make sure you find out before using it. Readers tend to respect you more when you’re articles are void of grammatical errors.
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