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Small Business Tips \ JUN 9th 2016

The Most Common Grammar Mistakes Killing Your Content

Looking to create a professional online presence? Allow us to give you a word of advice… about your words. When it comes to good content, nothing beats strong spelling and grammar (unless it falls under these writing rules we often break).

Your website is your business’s online home, and your content is basically the front door. It’s the first point of interaction with potential clients and sets the tone for what your business stands for. To put it simply, strong spelling and grammar can be the difference between your front of house showing up to work sharply dressed or with stains all over their t-shirt.

While you’ll be hard-pressed to find a content creator who’s ever submitted a piece sans typos, there are some clear red lines that they would simply dare not cross. Here are some of the most common spelling and grammar mistakes that you should avoid when you create a website.

Comma Overdose

A comma is like grammar’s little organizer. It’s used to neatly separate things like lists of 3 or more items, to add brevity when connecting two independent clauses, and it can even be used as a trigger point for introductory elements.

But AVOID the all too common comma overdose! The comma obsessed among us love adding this little bud to sentences as if it were giving the reader a moment to breathe, while really masking as a tool to form a run-on sentence.

Rule of thumb: break-ups are only bad in real life. If you’ve got 2 independent ideas, don’t be afraid to throw in a necessary period and let your readers breathe at their own pace.

Tense Tenses

OMG did your content go back in time midway through your paragraph? That’s so cool, teach us how you did that!

In English, we use verbal tenses to signify time in language. It’s knowing the difference between if you blogged today, will blog tomorrow or intend on blogging in the next couple of days. So when writing your content, don’t forget to think about the past, present and future.


There / Their / They’re

Let’s get this straight once and for all:
There – used to describe a place (like over there), to describe a person (like hey there), or as an interjection (like there! Now you get it!)

Their – a possessive adjective to describe that something belongs to someone else. That thing over there? It’s theirs.

They’re – 2 words in one helpful package: They’re = they are.

Get it? Got it? Good!

“Improper” Use of Quotations

We hate to break it to you, but the ’90s have come and gone and “air quotes” just aren’t cool anymore. If you want to look professional in your writing, you should use quotation marks only when directly quoting someone.

You can also use either single (‘ ‘) or double (“ “) quotation marks to note a title. When you really have to, quotation marks can also be used to indicate slang or to express irony… but keep in mind that it may come off immature.


The Cursed Homonym

Let’s be frank: homonyms are one of the trickiest words in the English language. Homonyms are those sneaky words that sound exactly the same as another word, but are spelled completely different! Write and right, pain and pane, aunt and ant… you know what we mean. These words can definitely trip you up, but you can avoid getting caught on the wrong side of the grammar law by having an editor look over your work.

Ready to create a stunning (and grammatically correct) online presence? Create a free website with Wix!

By Nathaly Myers
Community & Social Media Manager, Wix - About the Wix Blog

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