- Although English has been taught to us ever since we started going to school, it's still easy to commit grammatical errors
- For some, the English language is just difficult to perfect due to some problems such as rhyming words or even the dreaded subject-verb agreement
- If you're grammar-conscious, then you might have noticed some of the most common grammatical mistakes Filipinos make when speaking or writing in English
Despite being taught to us ever since we learned how to speak, there are still many Filipinos who commit grammatical errors when speaking or writing in English.
Because of the many "loopholes" in its rules, such as having rhyming words with totally different meanings, a lot of Filipinos get confused and often make mistakes.
If you're one of the many grammar-conscious people on this planet, then you might have noticed some of the most common errors Pinoys make when using the English language. Take a look at a few of them below:
1. With regards to
Although it sounds correct, believe us when we say that the proper term is just "with regard to." This is one of the most common errors you should keep an eye out for. If someone corrects you, tell them that regard with an 's' means "hello."
2. Luggages and baggages
Luggage and baggage are already plural to begin with so there's really no need to pluralize it by adding an '-es'.
3. Every Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Adding an 's' to the end of each days of the week automatically means you get a free pass from adding the word 'every' at the beginning of each word.
4. 1st year anniversary
'Anniversary' already means "an event you celebrate each year." To place the words "anniversary" and "year" in one phrase is just redundant.
5. Share to
One never "shares to" another person. Instead, it's better to share something "with" them.
6. Did told (or any other word in the past tense)
The word "did" is already in its past tense. To say "did told" is just cringe-inducing and makes you look like you need to review your tenses again.
7. On (month)
When referring to dates, you should use the word "on" when mentioning a particular date such as "on June 6." If it's just the month, then use the word "in" instead.
8. You're and your
This is one of the most common errors any Pinoy commits. Since "your" and "you're" sounds the same, it really is easy to switch the two. Do remember the contraction of the word "you're" which is short for "you are."
9. It's and Its
Similar to the previous item, "it's" and "its" can easily be interchanged. Again, remember the contraction of the word "it's" which is short for "it is."
10. They're and Their
Lastly, one of the words that is included in the list of the easy-to-interchange-words are "they're" and "their." "They're" is short for they are while "their" is a possessive word which means belonging to them.
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