Many test-takers in IELTS commit common grammar mistakes and here we aim to find distinct reasons for them.
1) The Native/Non-native speakers in English were not taught properly in the schools, about these common mistakes and
2) The speakers are habituated to speaking and writing in a casual and informal way in the English language that fails to abide by the rules of grammar.
Additionally, to get a fine band score, the English has to be correct as well as formal leaving no chance to use casual or informal language.
It is also mandatory that candidates speak and write flawless and grammatically correct language.
Writing This is your book/this book is yours but not your’s You are right. Students should not get confused here, and not go by the pronunciation, to write Your’s, in place of yours, because it is wrong.
Mistakes while placing of Apostrophe:
You must have the right knowledge to use the apostrophe in a correct way. We cite different uses of Apostrophe:
1) This is Kim’s football- means that the football owner is Kim.
2) While using for the plural: This is the boys’ football is correct.
Use of It’s and Its:
Remember that both It’s as well as its’ are used as contractions and are right. Its’- is British English and It’s – is American English. If you write It’s, that is a contraction of it is and is Correct. If you write Its that is used in possessive form and is Correct.
Some more similar sounding words lead to committing mistakes:
They’re – is a contraction of ‘They are’ and theirs /theirs’ pens- are right meaning possession. Also when you write the pens are there it shows a place/location and is also correct use. There/They’re /they are / their and Theirs’ are similar sounding phrases and are essentially correct. It is their’s pen is not correct.
Use of Less and Fewer:
Knowing the meaning of Less and less than is important and there must be care for things, that are not countable.
Using the words – ‘Amount’ or ‘Number’:
‘A greater number and greater amount are different owing to being countable or not countable.
Some similar sounding words are used wrongly:
The prime examples are Too, to and Two and the Rules are simple because to is used with a verb like do, walk, sing. Too is used depicting excess or also and as well.
Two indicates the number
Using ‘Then’ and ‘Than’:
Then is next, after that or afterward, and the word than is used for comparing two things that are similar.
Using I, or me, and myself:
Spoken English is complex and does not commit to any wrong use. The IELTS does not ignore the mistakes in or following of the colloquial informal English.
Using whom and who:
Grammatically who is used for referring to the subject of the sentence, and - whom - is used for referring to the object of a sentence
Affect and Effect:
Affect and effect are often used in an incorrect way by many people, Affect is a verb and effect is in-fact a noun.
All serious student and appearing for IELTS need to remember that 25% of marks come when they are accurate in grammar. Apart from studying the fundamental study materials also study a few ‘High Standard’ grammar books meant for the competitive examinations. They impart solid grammatical knowledge and focus beforehand on the doing and avoiding issues. Also knowing the Right and Wrong of the English grammar is important. The list of common mistakes is very long and the students must download study materials about Common Grammatical Mistakes also appearing for a mock test and discussing your problems is a good idea. Furthermore, discuss weak areas and faults leading to checking the results and rectifying the mistakes.
Also learn the right application of ‘A, An and The’ from a good grammar book.
Focus on ‘Countable’ and ‘Uncountable’ Learn the ‘Agreement of Noun and Verb’, and also the words, where spelling changes after an application.
Avoid the double negatives as they make a positive. Finally, study the rules of grammar and also avoid committing mistakes as this will harm you and you will lose marks.
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