TallSingles.co.uk | Part I: Why aren’t I receiving messages online? It might be due to grammatical errors

Part I: Why aren’t I receiving messages online? It might be due to grammatical errors

by richard 27. December 2015 11:28

We have mentioned in the past that profiles with grammatical errors receive fewer responses.  Here are our first 7 which you should avoid!

#1. Use of their, they’re and there.

Well they’re is a contraction (shortening) of “they are”.  Their refers to something owned by a group.  There refers to a place.  Here is a simple sentence which shows these all being used in the correct context.

They’re going to love going there - I heard their food is the best!

#2. Use of You’re and Your

Again you’re is a contraction of “you are”, so is used if you’re being something. Here is a quick example.

You sprinted around that track - “you’re fast!”

Your on the other hand, refers to a “possession”. Again a quick example.

Your hair looks lovely today!

#3. it’s and its

Now be careful on this one, as it is confusing

So “it’s”, is a contraction of “it is”.  But its is possessive.  Why is this confusing? Well adding “‘s” to the end of a word, usually means it is possessive.  Here are a few examples:

It’s raining outside.

This house is gorgeous, its grounds are amazing.

#4. Incomplete comparisons

This is where you compare something but you don’t say what you are comparing it to, for example take this sentence:

Our car is faster, stronger, bigger.

Ok that’s great but compared to what, a horse, a Skoda…

#5. Dangling Modifiers

This is where a descriptive phrase is followed by a noun that shouldn’t be described by that phrase.  Again it’s probably easier to look at an example:

After declining for months, Paul tried a new tactic to increase his handicap.

So what’s declining? It almost sounds like Paul is declining? He is not of course it was his handicap but since the phrase “After declining for months” is followed by the noun “Paul” the two don’t make sense, since Paul cannot decline for months.  In this case you should re-order the sentence. So you get…

Paul tried a new tactic to increase his handicap after it had been declining for months.

#6. Possessive nouns

Most possessive nouns will have an apostrophe - but where you put that apostrophe is confusing. Let’s look at some examples

You have to firstly decide if a noun is plural or single. 

#6.1. If the noun is plural add the apostrophe after the s, for example: dogs’

#6.2. If the noun is singular and ends in an s, then again put the apostrophe after the s, for example: dress’

#6.3. If the noun is singular and does not end in an s, then put the apostrophe before the s, for example: lizard’s

#7. Affect V’s Effect

When you’re talking about the change itself (the noun) you will use “effect”.  For example:

That movie had a great effect on me.

When you’re talking about the act of changing, so the very, then use “affect”. For example:

That movie affected me greatly.

More to come in Part II


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