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ENGLISH LESSON

Hello dear. How was your week? If you haven’t seen my previous post, you should do so. This past week, I fell in love with John Legend’s latest album, and here’s a screenshot of my top 4 songs in the album.

Update your playlist, dears.

Today, I’ve decided to remind you that it is common for us to make mistakes in our grammar, and most of the time, these words or phrases sound correct in our head. At times when we write them down, we don’t realize that they are wrong. People tend to make grammatical errors that ruin their sentences altogether especially on social media.

The importance of knowing when your sentence is grammatically incorrect cannot be overemphasized. This topic has been addressed severally but how does a person fix grammatical errors when he/she doesn’t even realize the mistake? This is why I’m here to point out these common mistakes to you. After today, there’s no way you’d be able to say that I’ve not done anything good for you because we’ll be looking at three popular errors people make in grammar, especially on social media.

Your English Lesson Has Commenced. Please be attentive. I’ll be looking at three common grammatical errors people make on social media.

I’M vs AM: ‘I’m’ is the contraction of I+am. This means that you use ‘I’m’ when you want to shorten ‘I am’. It is the informal way of saying ‘I am’ and that’s why it’s often used on social media.

you use ‘I’m’ when you want to shorten ‘I am’. It is the informal way of saying ‘I am’

On the other hand, ‘am’ is the verb and it is grammatically wrong to drop ‘am’ at the beginning of a sentence without a pronoun before it because proper English requires the pronoun before the verb. For clarity sake, I’ll be giving you examples:

If you’re asked ‘how are you’ and you respond with ‘Am fine’ or ‘Am so blessed’, you’re wrong.

As I said, you don’t throw the pronoun away.

Your reply should be ‘I am fine’ or ‘I’m fine’ or ‘I am so blessed’ or ‘I’m so blessed’.

Do you get me now?


THEY’RE vs THEIR vs THERE: I know how confusing this can get because to some people, they even sound alike but they are not the same. ‘They’re’ is a contraction for ‘they+are’, ‘Their’ refers to something that belongs to a group (theirs) while ‘There’ refers to a location. Now that you know the difference between the three, ensure that in the right instances you check that you are using the right ones in the right positions okay?

They’re’ is a contraction for ‘they+are’, ‘Their’ refers to something that belongs to a group (theirs) while ‘There’ refers to a location.


YOU’RE vs YOUR: The difference between these two is being something (you’re) versus owning something (your).

For example:

Ruona, you finished reading a 300-page book in two hours. You’re fast.

Vs

Ruona, are you not done with your novel yet?

In other words, You’re is the contraction of you+are while your is possessive.

If I say something on social media and you come to my dm and you’re like “haha, Ruona your funny”, you’re wrong.

We’ve come to the end of our English lesson and I hope you were able to learn something.

Until next time, dear.

Love,

‘Ruona ❤️

P.S:

How are you really? Any gist from this past week?

What did you learn from this post?

Can you point out other grammatical errors that people make?

What are your plans for this coming week?

Please drop your comments in the comment box below. Engage me!! You know how much I love reading from you.

Author:

I'm Oseruona Asak, popularly known as 'Ruona. I've finally put myself out here to share my thoughts since I often need to share what goes on in my mind...

41 thoughts on “ENGLISH LESSON

  1. Oh, the mini-strokes I get every time I come across any one of these errors. 😂
    Yeah, and we’ve got the “Everyday” vs “Every day” situation along with some others as well.
    Excellent job. But you shoulda added a little ribbing to it.
    Ciao.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by. I used to make the ’everyday’ vs ’every day’ mistake too and I had to check myself.
      I’d like you to explain what ”a little ribbing” is because I really have no clue.

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  2. People will read this thing and comment with the same mistakes, why are you thinking you can do more than their primary and secondary school teachers and University lecturers 😂. Anyhow Sha I’ll soon get my learner’s permit.

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  3. Nigerianism in the English language. Also the use of being and been is sometimes confusing.
    ‘Being’ is the continuous tense of the verb ‘to be’ while ‘been” is a past participle. You say she is being funny but he has been waiting all day. Has or have is usually used before been.

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  4. i get ‘am’ most times 😂😂. and i’m always wondering what the hell is going on. i mean we’re in a new age not ‘2go’ period. check you text before your send me jargons because it’s just annoying 😂😂. i hope people read this and learn. thank you professor 🤝

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    1. Thank you, student. 💜
      When people find it hard to cross-check their sentences, it amazes me. Especially when there’s auto-correct in their phones. This is a whole issue on it’s own and I hope people learn from this too.

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  5. Wow nice one rouna👍👍
    Also people do make this mistake of the “reason why”🤦‍♀️
    It’s either the reason I did it or why
    Cus it’s so irritating saying the reason why I did not pick ur call
    Is better u tell me(the reason I did not pick ur call
    Pls let’s stop combining the reason and why in a sentence

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  6. Whenever i see errors like this in my DMs i point it out first😂 They’ll be like ‘ib you like to embarrass someone’😂 The last time i corrected my cousin about her use of ‘you’re’ and ‘your’ in a sentence, the girl legit told me her boyfriend doesn’t mind🤦😂
    Please next time, teach ‘were and where’, ‘being and been’, most people don’t know how to use them. 😘

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    1. 😂😂😂 yes Mama!
      I’ve gotten tired of correction because it’s beginning to look like people don’t want to even take corrections but the truth of the matter is that these things matter.

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  7. I like the fact that you addressed the most common mistakes. I hope people read this and learn.
    And how about this “can’t love you less” phrase? I’m always stunned when I see people use it as a form of expressing love. To me, it’s like you love someone so little that you can’t love the person any less than that. I think maybe it’s supposed to be “can’t love you more.” Your thoughts Professor Ruona😂😁

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  8. Very common mistakes people make. I even tried correcting someone that is fond of using ‘am’ instead of ‘I’m’. It was almost turning to an argument when the fellow said ‘am’ is a shorter was of writing ‘I’m’. I just let the person be, because some people take offense when you correct them. Anyway, I’ve also learnt something. This is very insightful. Well-done babe.

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