There are so many rules and exceptions to grammar that sometimes it’s hard to keep up with them.
But don’t worry, we’re here to help!
We’ll discuss some of the most common weird grammar rules you might not know about in this blog post.
I’m sure you’ve heard people say “between me and you” or “for all intensive purposes.”
These phrases are technically wrong because there should be a comma between these words instead of an ampersand, but they aren’t incorrect if they’re used correctly in the right context.
You may also have heard someone say “irregardless,” which is another word that doesn’t actually exist.
If you’re someone who prides themselves on good grammar or you are a “grammar geek,” then this post is for you.
I’m going to share some of the most common mistakes we see in undergraduate essays or professional publications like best-selling novels alike – so pay attention!
You might not know it, but there are a lot of weird grammar rules that you’re probably breaking without even realizing.
Luckily, they’re pretty easy to avoid! Check out this blog post to learn more about the most common ones and how not to break them.
Which and That
Many writers and speakers mistakenly use “that” for the pronoun in a relative clause.
These two words can never be used interchangeably ‘That’ is restrictive, whereas which introduces more details about something nonessential.
May and Might
The words ‘might’ and ‘may’ are often confused with one another.
This is because the word ‘may’ is more subtle than the word ‘might.’
For example, “I may fall over if I drink all that wine” shows a better chance of me falling off; however, it’s not as likely for someone to start singing once karaoke starts because they said, “I might.”
Fewer and Less
Your essay should always be clear and concise to avoid confusion or to bore your reader, but there are a few grammar rules for you to remember when writing an English language paper.
One of these simple-to-remember guidelines is that “less” usually refers to referrers only to hypothetical quantities while “fewer,” on the other hand, can quantify items in front of it.
Affect and Effect
Both ‘effect’ and ‘affect’ are prevalent words that writers don’t get right.
However, it’s straightforward to tell the two apart! The effect is almost always used as a noun: “The effects of alcohol can be damaging.”
But often, affect functions as either verb or adjective in phrases like “alcohol’s effects can be damaging,” where it means to cause or influence on feelings/impression respectively.
Writing without “impactful” is absurd.
We live in an age where the bar for communication and creativity has been set so high that anything less than perfect could be perceived as subpar or even lackluster.
As a result, we are constantly being told to try harder, do more, and produce better sentences with more significant meaning.
Still, ultimately, it will always come down to one thing: impactful writing-and.
This doesn’t fit into a neat little box of grammar rules because “impact” isn’t a word at all!
Comma Use with Adjectives
– Commas can be used to separate the following: ‘The old, wise woman is always happy.’
– Do not use commas to separate cumulative adjectives: ‘The short blue lorry circled the church.’
– Do not use a comma when the adjective modifies both the noun and the other adjectives modifying it: ‘The late active, kind Mr. Nice will be deeply missed.’
With descriptive adjectives, comma use can be determined by the adjective class.
When multiple adjectives from one of these classes appear in a sentence or phrase, separate them for clarity’s sake:
“The happy woman fell into the muddy lake.”
Final word to Weird Grammar Rules
In today’s blog post, we have given you some weird grammar rules that are not necessarily intuitive.
It is important to understand these so you can engage in a clear and effective writing process.
While this was an overview of the most common mistakes people make when using language, there are many more nuances to consider for your own use of English.
We hope you found it helpful!
Let us know if we can help with any other questions or concerns about your writing needs.