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5 common grammar mistakes that can compromise your writing

Erica Meltzer, author of "How To Write For Class", shares some of the most common grammar mistakes she sees to help students prepare for the SAT and ACT.

SEATTLE — With auto-correct on our phones and word processors on our computers, you may find your grammar skills have become a bit rusty!

Erica Meltzer, author of How To Write For Class: A Student's Guide To Grammar, Punctuation, and Style, still believes it's important to use proper grammar!

She shared a few of the most common grammar mistakes she sees:

  1. It’s = it is. If you’re not sure whether you need the apostrophe, plug in “it is.”
  2. Semicolon = period. A semicolon just implies a closer connection between two sentences.
  3. Me vs. I, He vs. Him, etc. What goes for singular goes for plural. If you’re not sure, cross out one of the pronouns and test the singular version. You wouldn’t say, “Me went to the store,” so “Me and my brother went to the store is also wrong.”
  4. i.e. = in other words; e.g. = for example
  5. Only capitalize professions if they’re part of a title: “I saw the doctor today” vs. “I saw Doctor Smith today.”

Segment producer Joseph Suttner. Watch New Day Northwest 11 AM weekdays on KING 5, and streaming live on KING5.com. Connect with New Day via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.