top 10 common english goofs by web authors

In reviewing and browsing interlacing sites over the age, I accept compiled a list of the most accepted misuses of English by interlacing authors. Here they are in Letterman (reverse) adjustment.

10. Who, which or that?

“Who” (or “whom”) refers to persons. “Which” refers to animals or things, never to persons. “That” can consult to either persons or things.

The babe who was hungry.
The dog that wagged its tail.
The software which I wrote.

9. Anyone vs any one

“Anyone” means “any person,” not necessarily any specific person. It could consult to multiple bodies simultaneously.

As two words, “any one” refers to a single person.

Anyone can download my software. But the software can alone be used by any one user at a age.

8. Commonly misspelled words

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7. Don’t put punctuation at the borderline of a URL

While not technically an English grammatical error, don’t put a period or anything immediately after a URL reference. Doing so will usually invalidate the URL. You might call this an internet grammatical rule.

Apprehension the absence of a period in the following sentence. My URL is

6. Software not softwares

“Software” can be singular or plural. Never statement “softwares.”

5. Accomplish the quotes action after or before the period?

Put quotes after a period or comma. Put quotes before a colon. Put quotes after a catechism mark unless the entire sentence is a catechism. This is a US English standard. British English usage can differ.

He asked, “Are you hungry?”
She replied, “Affirmative, I am hungry.”
Did she add, “Affirmative”?

4. There, their, or they’re

“There” is used in two ways. It can specify a abode. It can again be used as an expletive or empty chat to alpha a sentence.

“Their” is used as a possessive anatomy of “they”.

“They’re” is short for “they are.”

I alive there, not here.
There are nine planets in the solar system.
The two boys raced their bikes.
They’re both annoyed after walking up the stairs.

3. Able

Too abounding developers call their software as, “XXX Software is a able, accessible-to-statement, … .” I searched and activate 2149 descriptions or titles of software containing the chat “able.” Able has abounding meanings, most referring to how effectively something is performed, as in muscular. A car with 450 horsepower is clearly added able than one with alone 200 horsepower. But what is able software? If you beggarly aspect-affluent (according to Adobe Photoshop), then add so. If your software does alone one affair, but it does it completely or thoroughly (according to CounterSpy), then add so. But please, no added able software.

2. Site or sight

A “site” is a abode.

“Sight” refers to your sense of eyes.

A interlacing site is a abode on the internet that you appointment with your browser.
A admirable sunset is a marvellous sight.

And, finally, the most accepted English blunder by interlacing authors is:

1. Its or It’s

Statement “it’s” alone when it means “it is.” Unless you can replace “it’s” with “it is,” statement “its.” Never statement “its’.”

It’s raining today.
The dog wagged its tail.


English is actual ambitious for persons whose native speech is not English. It is again ambitious for abounding English-speaking authors.

Unfortunately, most of the accepted grammatical errors will not be caught by a spell checker, so you accept to manually check your writing for them.

An accomplished reference is the short and timeless book, The Elements of Style, by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. Achromatic. A chargeless online version of this book is available at

I achievement that interlacing authors can statement this article to apperceive and correct some of the most accepted grammatical blunders that abound on the internet.

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This article was posted on August 19, 2005

Originall posted June 22, 2012