English Grammar Rules that Can Get You Confused

Check very simple yet confusing elements of English Grammar. Read to know about the some most commonly made mistakes while speaking or writing in English and how to avoid them.

English can be daunting to learn at times because of various reasons. Some of the rules of grammar may boggle you and make you not take it up. It may sound convenient to stick to familiar and easier sentences that you can get away during writing or conversation.

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Some of the common jugglers are 

  • Me or I

It is often confusing to know in a sentence like, me and my friend like icecream  is wrong

You will have to use my friend, and I like icecream.

Whereas in another example, my friend met I at the store is wrong

You will have to use my friend met me at the store

Though both me and I mean the same, you can get confused when to use them in the right sentences. And you can’t use them together, me, I like icecream

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  • Who or whom

Who went to school with you? Is also right, as well as.  With whom did you go to school? 

Who in this sentence is the subject whereas whom refers to the object. Hence knowing the difference will help reduce the confusion to a large extent.

  • Deer, sheep, aircraft, as well as hair, fish, and people, can be made plural even though they are plural in nature, confusing, right?

When you refer to single or multiple deer, it would be deer. But English can be confusing. The same goes for sheep and aircraft as well. You would have to write many in front of them or the respective collective noun such as a flock of sheep, a herd of deer, and so on.

About the hair and fish and people, when you are referring to many heads of hair, you would say hairs. People from many countries together would be peoples and so on.

  • The most baffling is the spellings especially the British and American 

Americans usually go by the phonetic usage of spelling such as colour in British and color in the American spelling other words such as

Labour- labor

Programme- program

Travelling- traveling

Jewellary- jewelry

And many more, so when you write, you may face the problem more than when you speak.

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  • Ending sentences with prepositions is a big no-no but some sentences, especially when we speak, we perhaps to let go of this rule.

Who is she coming with?

It may sound blasphemous to a grammarian, but you can go with it.

  • Whether to use well or good?

For the question, how are you doing? I am doing well. It is also right.

 I am doing good.  It is also right, but technically, the first one is more right because it’s an adverb, and the good would be an adjective. But either way, the other person gets it, and there is no harm to say either one of them, or if that freaks you out, just say, I am doing fine.

  • The use of bad and badly

I feel bad about the incident, or It’s badly painful in my feet after I fell is also right, though the second one may seem wrong it is about the physical feeling and hurt you are experiencing. The first one refers to the emotion. According to the context, each can be used, and it may not be grammatically perfect in that sense.

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