13 Grammar Mistakes Beautiful People Don’t Make

I have a feeling I’m going to get in trouble with this post’s title, but I have to admit that I didn’t come up with it. It’s the exact title of a post featuring an infographic created by the guys at The Expert Editor (who sent me this tip). A title that will catch attention for sure – whether positive or not, I’m sure I’ll find out soon.

On that note, I want to bring up an alternative title: 13 Grammar Mistakes Sexy People Don’t Make.

After all, they say that proper use of grammar is sexy.

grammar memes


Should I just stop now, and go straight to the common grammar mistakes we don’t make (or shouldn’t be making)?

Yes. I think I’ll do that.

Before I write down the 13 common mistakes awesome writers don’t make, let’s be clear about one thing: the infographic uses the term “grammar” loosely. Many of the mistakes mentioned are vocabulary-related, and some of the mistakes are up for debate.

Here we go.

  1. There, their, they’re. I’m sure you don’t have a problem with words. Unless it’s a typo.
  2. Literally. The new meaning of literally literally drives me crazy (just a little bit). Language evolves, yes, but I’m old school in some ways, so I think I’ll stick to the old meaning.
  3. Comma splice.
  4. It’s and its. Captain Apostrophe will pay you a visit if you make this mistake.
  5. Split infinitive. I’m a Trekkie, so…
  6. Your and you’re.
  7. Whether and if. Know the difference?
  8. Passive voice. I understand the argument for this, but I believe that it’s not a mortal sin to use the passive voice. Using it doesn’t take your sexiness away.
  9. Improper use of the apostrophe. See #4.
  10. Lose and loose.
  11. Affect and effect.
  12. Fewer and less. The rules are simple, but there are exceptions, yes?
  13. Who and that. Who for people. That for things. However, I think they can be interchangeable.

Check out the infographic below.

common Grammar mistakes


Parting words…

Know the rules, then break them when appropriate.







3 responses
  1. Bill Avatar

    There’s a typo on #5.

    1. Noemi Tasarra-Twigg Avatar
      Noemi Tasarra-Twigg

      They’re definitely not Star Trek fans!

  2. Sierra M Koester Avatar

    I’m definitely with you on the passive voice – I don’t think using it is a mortal sin. In fact, I’d argue that it actually sounds better than active voice in some cases.

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