35 Common Grammar Confusions

Some of these are my greatest pet peeves!

We’ve all been guilty of a few of these common grammar confusions, whether by momentary mental lapse or a genuine misunderstanding of the proper usage. Many of you might find these to be minor nuisances and even a little bit funny, while others will consider this list to be a document of your greatest pet peeves. This list is helpful in clarifying these commonly misused words and offers clear definitions on their distinctions and meanings.

Some grammatical rules we’ve come to accept as informalities that are part of our common language used deliberately or otherwise. However, some of these errors can have a significant impact in terms of communication and understanding. When you think about learning a new language, understanding grammar is a big deal, as it can mean the difference between something that is accurately translated or something that is lost in translation. While formal and informal are one side of the grammar debate, some grammar rules are unflinching, and this list shows why. We hope you find it to be informative!

1. Affect and Effect

Affect is usually used as a verb and it means “to influence.”

Effect is usually used as a noun to refer to a result or impact.

2. Accept and Except

Accept means to receive.

Except means to not include.

3. Advice and Advise

Advice is a noun and it means recommendations about what to do.

Advise is a verb and it means to recommend.

4. A Lot and Alot

A lot means a large extent, amount, or number; to a great extent or degree.

Alot is not a word.

5. Allusion and Illusion

Allusion is an indirect reference.

Illusion is a false perception of reality.

6. All Ready and Already

All ready means prepared.

Already means by this time.

7. Altogether and All Together

Altogether means entirely.

All together is applied to people or things treated as a group or gathered, with everything in one place.