Bad grammar is everywhere. In fact, the title of this article is an example of a misplaced modifier. To fit the grammar rules, and to put the modifier in the correct place, the title should be "Examples of Bad Grammar."
There are countless grammar rules in the English language. From rules on misplaced modifiers and subject/verb agreement to rules on double negatives, there are many guidelines here on YourDictionary for you to follow when writing just about anything. However, one of the best ways to learn correct grammar is to review examples of bad grammar.
Verb tense errors occur when you use the wrong verb tense and are a common grammar mistake. The verb tense tells the reader of your sentences when the action is taking place - in the past, the present or the future. You must be consistent on verb tense, unless there's some reason to make a switch to a different tense.
Some examples of verb tense errors include:
The subject of the sentence (the person or thing doing the action) has to agree in number with the verb (the word representing the action). Otherwise, you have an example of bad grammar.
Here are some examples of situations where the subject and verb do not agree:
Pronouns take the place of nouns in sentences. In order to avoid a grammar error, the pronoun has to agree with the noun that it is replacing.
Some examples of bad grammar errors that occur due to noun/pronoun agreement errors include:
Double negatives are a classic example of bad grammar.
Some examples include:
A sentence should have a subject, a verb and express a complete thought. If it fails to do so, then it is a sentence fragment.
Sentence fragments are bad grammar, and some examples of sentence fragments include the following:
A run-on sentence is a sentence in which two or more independent clauses (sentences that could stand on their own) are joined together improperly.
In this example, the sentences could be repaired by either separating with a period or a semicolon.
These are just a few of the many examples of bad grammar. The best way to make sure your own writing is free of bad grammar is to learn the grammar rules for the different parts of speech and how they fit together.