Here are the top 10 grammar mistakes people make, according to Microsoft



Even smart people make stupid mistakes in their writing.

Sometimes it’s laziness or impatience; sometimes they’re genuinely confused.

Using data from millions of its subscribers, Microsoft recently rounded up a list of the top 10 grammar mistakes in the English language. The findings come from people who use Microsoft Word and/or Outlook, both of which come with a tool called Editor.

Editor highlights spelling and grammar errors and makes suggestions to help improve your writing.

It can make a bad impression if you have a document riddled with mistakes, says Nicole Michel, a linguist who is also a project manager at Microsoft.

Below, we’ve listed the 10 most common grammar errors, along with examples, according to Microsoft. There’s a good chance you’ve made at least one.

1. Leaving too many white spaces between words

Example: To  the left.

Correct: To the left.

2. Missing a comma

Example: If the weather remains the same we’ll leave early.

Correct: If the weather remains the same, we’ll leave early.

3. Missing a comma after an introductory phrase

Example: First of all we must make sure that the power is off.

Correct: First of all, we must make sure that the power is off.

4. Missing a hyphen

Example: My 3 year old son

Correct: My 3-year-old son

5. Incorrect subject-verb agreement

Example: The cats eats.

Correct: The cats eat.

6. Incorrect capitalization

Example: It’s cold, But we are going out.

Correct: It’s cold, but we are going out.

7. Mixing up possessive and plural forms

Example: My sisters car is old.

Correct: My sister’s car is old.

8. Incorrect agreement with noun phrases

Example: I would like to buy this apples.

Correct: I would like to buy these apples.

9. Commonly confused words

Example: After all that running, I am out of breathe.

Correct: After all that running, I am out of breath.

Read Microsoft’s list of most commonly confused words

10. Incorrect verb form after auxiliary

Example: They had ate when we arrived.

Correct: They had eaten when we arrived.

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