Releases the Top 10 Most Common Spelling and Grammar Mistakes on Social Networks in 2012

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Professional proofreading service details the 10 most common writing mistakes people make when social networking.

Social networking provides an informal medium for communication. Because of its highly informal nature, you see an astounding amount of poor grammar, bad spelling, and incorrect punctuation usage. While you might argue that it is no big deal because it is just social networking, the fact is that it underscores a much bigger problem – many people struggle with spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

That is why the team at, the internet’s top proofreading services, has decided to release a list of the 10 most common spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes on social networks in 2012. Those who make these mistakes could certainly benefit from a professional proofreader!

1. Confusing there, their, and they’re—Use “there” when referring to a place or to indicate the existence of something with the verb be (and its various forms). Use “their” to indicate possession. Use “they’re” only as a contraction of the words “they” and “are.”

2. Mixing up “it’s” and “its”—“It’s” means “it is (e.g. “It’s nice to meet you”).” “Its” indicates possession (e.g. “The animal licked its wounds.”).

3. Getting “your” and “you’re” switched up—“You’re” means “you are.” That’s the only time you should ever use the word. “Your” indicated possession (e.g. “Drink your milk.”).

4. Using “of” instead of “have”—People often mistakenly write things like “could of” and “should of” when the correct phrases are “could have” and “would have.”

5. Incorrectly using the word “literally”—Your head didn’t “literally” explode when you heard the news. It’s figuratively exploded.

6. Mixing up “me” and “I”—It’s, “Jason and I went to the store” not, “Jason and me went to the store.” The easiest way to determine whether to use “me” or “I” is to remove the other subject (in this case, “Jason and”) and read the sentence to determine if “me” or “I” makes sense.

7. Randomly capitalizing words—Remember to capitalize the first word of a sentence and proper nouns. You don’t randomly capitalize verbs or articles (e.g. you wouldn’t type, “I had A great Day!”).

8. Using an apostrophe to make a word plural—You don’t use an apostrophe to make a word plural. For example, it’s not, “I ate 5 orange’s” it’s, “I ate 5 oranges.”

9. Using “then” and “than” interchangeably—Then and than look alike, but they aren’t the same. Then is used to denote time or with a sequence of events (e.g. I woke up, and then I ate breakfast.). Than is used to compare things (e.g. I like orange juice more than milk.).

10. Using numerals in place of words—It’s not “Good luck 2 every1.” It’s “Good luck to everyone.” Text messaging has perpetuated the nasty mistake of using numerals in place of words, but it brings down the quality of writing.

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