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20 Common Grammatical Mistakes You Need To Be Aware Of When Writing

You may sometimes feel like the English language is conspiring against you. Growing up, you learn the countless rules of grammar, and then one day learn that what you thought you knew is wrong, such as the fact that there is nothing wrong with beginning a sentence with a conjunction. Therefore, the following list highlights the most common misuse of words and a brief explanation of each, for your reference.












1. WHO or WHOM?

Who – If you can replace the word with “he” or “she,” use who.

Whom – If you can replace it with “him” or “her,” use whom.


2. WHETHER or IF?

Whether – conditional; used when there are two or more alternatives, after prepositions, followed directly by ‘or not’ or by an infinitive.

If – no alternatives.


3. FARTHER or FURTHER?

Farther – physical distance.

Further – metaphorical or figurative distance.


4. AFFECT or EFFECT?

Affect – to influence something; usually used as a verb.

Effect – the something that was influenced (as a result); usually used as a noun.