15 Grammar Mistakes That Make You Look Stupid [Infographic]

15 Grammar Mistakes That Make You Look Stupid [Infographic]

We all make grammar mistakes from time to time. Usually it’s because you’re in a rush, writing informally or simply not devoting your full attention to the task at hand. While the odd grammatical snafu is forgivable, there are some errors you definitely need to avoid. This infographic looks at 15 bone-headed stuff-ups that will cause anyone reading to seriously question your intelligence.

The infographic below comes from the content marketing site copyblogger. It breaks down the most egregious grammar goofs that people make time and time again. As the website explains:

“It’s perfectly fine to fracture the occasional stuffy grammatical rule (and many times it’s preferable). On the other hand, making some grammatical errors just makes you look bad, and hurts your effectiveness. Sometimes we even misuse words simply because we hear others use them incorrectly.”

If you’re not the world’s best speller, it might be worth printing this cheat sheet out and keeping it close to hand. The recipients of your emails will think a lot higher of you.

[Via copyblogger]


  • By my reckoning, only 5 of those are grammar mistakes. The rest are just spelling errors (eg: it’s/its, they’re/their/there).

    • They are not technically spelling mistakes as the word is correct, it is the wrong word.

    • I would say they are spelling mistakes bar the 5 actual grammar ones. If someone meant to use a word but used the wrong letters that just happened to spell a different word its still a smelling mistake.

  • I’d add the following:

    The use of and instead of to. For example, “I’ll try and make that meeting”.

    The use of like as an interjection or instead of said. For example: “I was like going to the shops when …” or “I was like ‘you can’t do that’, and he was like ‘…’ “

  • Contractions were frowned upon in grammar at University.
    It is interesting that this topic keeps appearing as information for what should be an accepted part of english.

  • These are the ones I see most frequently…
    Stationery is a pen. Stationary is to stand still.
    A little is two words. A lot should also be two words (not alot)
    Desert vs dessert. Super vs Supper – generally you would like two helpings of each so the doubled letters are the food ones!

  • No. 15 is fine. It could have taken him literally forever. So they had a go at him for it.

  • Fewer/Less – my friend is fewer than six feet tall? The rule about using fewer for things you can count is not hard and fast.

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