Jul 11th 2011

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Your most frequent mistakes according to Ginger

I had a look at Ginger’s most frequent error report the other day and was quite surprised. Other than popular typos and your other usual suspects, the mistake that occurs most frequently is when users confuse ‘is’ with ‘are’ (and vice versa). Yup, that’s Ginger’s leading grammar error at the moment. Right behind it you can find:

– confusion between the articles a/an,
– preposition mistakes of in/on,
– confusing to with too,
– using ‘to’ instead of ‘for’, and
– the notoriously famous: using ‘there’ instead of ‘their’,

All of these mistakes are obviously handled by Ginger so consider yourself covered. Nevertheless, it’s much better to be able to avoid these mistakes. You can already look up some of these topics in Ginger’s Online Grammar Book. For example, the use of ‘is’ and ‘are’ in the present progressive tense. More explanations about how to avoid the mistakes above and more are coming soon so do check back!

In the meantime, be careful with ‘is’ and ‘are’ :-)

Adios for now –

Sharon and the Ginger Team

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6 Responses to “Your most frequent mistakes according to Ginger”

  1. Rusty on August 3rd, 2011

    Yup, that’ll do it. You have my appreacition.

  2. Johnelle on August 5th, 2011

    Kudos to you! I hadn’t thought of that!

  3. google on August 27th, 2011

    I liked your article is an interesting technology
    thanks to google I found you

  4. sanny on September 19th, 2011

    I often get confused with using: “have”, “has” and “had”. Can you make a post and example for this one?

    Also, I would like to know if your software (paid version) includes “writing style suggestions”. Because as a newbie in the blogging venture, I feel that I mostly write with “over detailed” and kind of a “childish” style.

    Thanks :)

  5. adva on September 20th, 2011

    Hey Sanny, good suggestion, thanks! I’ll try to post something about it soon. In the mean time, I think this video explains the subject clearly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd4MScADY94

    Ginger does not provide writing style suggestions at the moment. We’ll soon post a proofreading/editing guide that can help with some tips. A good idea is to try and read your posts out loud before you publish them – it will make it easier to hear the parts that are out of place or over detailed.




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