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  • Grammar Rules
  • Rule 1 - should of versus should have
    • should of is wrong and should have is correct
    • would of is wrong and would have is correct
    • could of is wrong and could have is correct
  • Rule 2 - adverbs and adjectives
    • A verb (a doing word) is described by an adverb.
    • A noun is described by an adjective.
    • Most adverbs end in 'ly', like 'quickly'. There are some exceptions like fast.
    • you do not speak 'loud' but 'loudly', and you do not run 'quick' but 'quickly'
  • Rule 3 - who versus whom
    • Test using 'him' and 'he'.
    • If 'him' makes sense, then it should be 'whom'.
    • If 'he' makes sense, then it should be 'who'.
  • Rule 4 - peek, peak, and pique
    • peek is taking a quick look at something - like a sneak peek of a new film
    • peak is a sharp point - like the peak of a mountain
    • pique means to provoke or instigate - you know, like your interest
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  • Rule 5 - their, there, and they're (homophones)
    • 'their' shows possession
    • 'there' shows place and state
    • 'they're' is short for they are
  • Rule 6 - bored and tired
    • bored of - yuck! Don't use it.
    • bored with or bored by - yes!
    • tired of, by or with - yes!
  • Rule 7 - good and well
    • well is an adverb so describes a verb
    • he ran well - describes the running
    • good is an adjective so describes a noun
    • a good book - describes the book
  • Rule 8 - Subject-Verb Agreement
    • I done my homework - wrong
    • I did my homework - right
    • The two best things about the party was the food and the music - wrong
    • The two best things about the party were the food and the music - right
  • Grammar Rules
  • Rule 9 - common spelling errors
    • harass
    • attitude
    • necessary
    • committee
    • occasion
    • recommend
    • exaggerate
  • Rule 10 - "its" vs "it's"
    • It's finally Friday - short for it is
    • The cat was licking its tail - shows possession
  • Rule 11 - Misplaced apostrophes
    • abbreviation (correct) - they're abbreviates they are
    • possession (correct) - the cat's bowl; the bowl of the cat
    • plurals (incorrect)- apostrophes are not used for plurals; the cats is correct and the cat's is not
    • dates (incorrect) - 1980s is correct; it is not 1980's
  • Rule 12 - a lot and as well
    • 'a lot' is two words
    • 'as well' is two words
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  • Rule 13 - Use of very
    • Avoid the use of very; prefer a single word instead of 'very something'
    • instead of very intelligent say brilliant
    • instead of very hot say sweltering
    • instead of very good say excellent
  • Rule 14 - Many and Much
    • Many for countable nouns in the plural
    • Much for uncountable nouns in the singular
    • How many pupils does Porridge and Rice support?
    • How much was donated to Porridge and Rice?
  • Rule 15 - Loose versus Lose
    • Lose is a verb that means to fail to win, or to misplace
    • Loose is an adjective that means not tight.
  • Rule 16 - two, to, too
    • two - the spelling of the number 2
    • too - a synonym for also or to indicate excessiveness before a verb
    • to - a preposition before a noun or as an infinitive before a verb
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  • Rule 17 - Affect versus Effect
    • Affect is chiefly used as a verb and its main meaning is 'to influence or make a difference to'
    • Effect is more commonly used as a noun meaning 'a result or an influence'
    • When used as a verb effect means 'to bring something about as a result'
  • Rule 18 - Compliment versus Complement
    • To compliment someone, is to express admiration or praising the person
    • Passers-by stopped to compliment him on his painting
    • If one thing complements another, they are better because they are together: they enhance or improve the overall effect being together
    • The wine complemented the food beautifully
  • Rule 19 - i.e. vs e.g.
    • i.e. and e.g. are both abbreviations for Latin terms
    • i.e. means "in other words"
    • e.g. means "for example"
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