1. Get the your/you’re, their/there/they’re, and its/it’s differences down. No excuses.2. Irregardless is not a word and may ONLY be used in an OBVIOUSLY ironic way.3. Learn the difference between possessive and plural. If a blogger writes the word “scissor’s,” I want to use my red pen all over my laptop screen. And then stab my eyes out with the red pen.
The dog has fleas.The fleas have disease.
-Some/All/None: Whether a sentence using one of these pronouns as a subject is plural or singular depends on the some or all in question.Some of the water is still in the bathtub.All of the towels are wet.None of the children are clean.-Anyone/Everyone/Someone/No one/Nobody: Memorize this list. These subjects always take a singular verb.Anyone who thinks English makes sense should have his head examined.Nobody is perfect all the time.-Each/Neither/Either: Again, these words are always singular, even if your Spidey Sense is telling you differently.Each girl is choosing an outfit for the dance.Either dress would be lovely.Neither of their dates is going to notice what they are wearing.
Time: I re-read the seventh Harry Potter book, then I went to see the new movie.Comparison: I think the book was better than the movie.
PRACTICAL TIPS FOR PROOFREADING YOUR POSTS1. If you can’t spell it, Google it. If you have a brain fart and can’t remember if it is spelled “perseverence” or “perseverance,” open up a new tab and type the word into Google. The right spelling will likely pop right up. I do this ALL the time.2. Read your post backwards. Your brain is much more likely to skip over misspellings when you are reading the words in context. Reading backwards eliminates the context.3. Read your post out loud. Even if you are just reading to yourself, you are more likely to notice a missing word or a sentence that doesn’t make sense if you engage your eyes AND ears.4. If you can’t figure out how to write it correctly, write it differently. If you can’t seem to end that sentence without dangling a preposition, junk it and start over. There’s more than one way to skin a cat.
5. Write, walk away, then proofread. If you proofread immediately after writing a post, your brain is still engaged in what you have written and will be more likely to miss mistakes. Save your writing, go and do a load of laundry, then come back later to proofread.