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A Lot of Grammar Mistakes

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“Alot is not a word in the English language.”

My sixth grade English teacher had this phrase plastered across a large banner in her classroom. I noticed it as soon as I walked into her classroom for the first time. From that day forward, I was on the lookout for the often misused term, correcting it as “a lot” whenever I could. Looking back, I realize I was already being pulled into the direction of my calling.

Common grammar mistakes are, well, common. But commonplace does not make these mistakes acceptable. The vast majority of people communicate via written word now (status updates and comments on Facebook, Twitter feeds, texts, emails, etc.). It is important that we as a society do not begin to accept common grammar mistakes simply because “it’s only social media.” I already see so many youngsters who think nothing of “alot.”

Please, be sure you know the difference between the following, and when to properly use each:

Your/You’re

Who/Whom

Their/There

Its/It’s

Then/Than

Effect/Affect

A quick Google search provides extensive lists of common mistakes and how to correct them. Take a look here.

But please, do not be the grammar police! Don’t publicly call out your cousin, mom, friend from elementary school that you haven’t actually laid eyes on in decades! Nobody likes a know it all tattle tell. Instead, be accountable for yourself and hope for a trickle-down effect.

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Jessica LaGrossa

I am a writer, editor and social media expert with 13 years combined experience in the journalism and publishing fields, both online and in print. Originally a small town gal from Tennessee, I grew up in the Atlanta area. After marrying my college sweetheart I relocated to Pennsylvania where my husband and I are now raising our son and daughter in the suburbs of Philly.

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