Spell impress friends

There are many ways to impress your new friends or your old acquaintances with your brilliant mind. However, nothing proves your distinguishing mental abilities more than the proper use of grammar. Nowadays, popular culture and social media have derailed the traditional standards of the English language in both spoken and written forms. Grammatical mistakes that would have been severely mocked only two decades ago are now perfectly acceptable in various means of communication. Still, you can separate yourself from this trend and maintain your linguistic principles intact with a few simple tips.

Spell and write clearly

One of the main instances of being lost in translation is when a person uses a word with a statutory meaning to refer to something completely different. The most common examples are the confusion between “its” and “it’s”; “they’re” and “their” or between “your” and “you’re.” These are capital rules that many people get wrong. Such a mistake may have your friends wondering if you have ever been in a school or a library.

Apply essential grammar rules

The best way to improve your speech and your writing skills is to practice proper grammar on a constant basis. This way, you will avoid saying things like “You and me were meant for each other,” instead of “You and I…” or confusing “affect” for “effect” and “flours” for “flowers” etc.

How to “literally” impress your friends

“Literally” is an adverb that has become an annoying presence in many people’s styles of communication. At its basic meaning, this word describes an accurate trait, action or outcome. Its use in any other instance than a realistic event is purely absurd. For example, if somebody says: “I literally died when I heard the news,” that person would make a paradox statement, as he or she would have been already breathless before even telling their story. A complete renunciation of this word will add realism and credibility to your speech and make you look better in front of your friends.

Grammar way of life


Writing well is a relative concept, and it applies to the circumstances and the reason why you are sharing your thoughts. Twitting a message with a few botched words just to keep it in the limit of 140 characters has its own level of correctness. However, doing the same in an essay or a job application may have a different effect on the reader. These oscillating rules are conditional standards and the way you use them define you in the eyes of the ones who receive your writings.

Here are some tips to help you keep your writing style clean and allow you to live perfectly comfortable with everything you put on paper.

Whom vs. Who

The difference between the objective form of a pronoun and its relaxed version is crucial. The best example on this matter is the contrast between “whom” and “who.” The former is a formalized and slightly antique option, mostly used in literature. The latter is, of course, the version that we use with a relaxed tone in everyday conversations.
The ideal way to separate them before using either one in a phrase is to substitute them with the third person pronoun. When utilized as a subject, like he or she, the correct form is “who.” However, if you are referring to an object, the right version to use would be “whom.” For example: “Let him who is without sin…” vs. “For whom the bell tolls.”

Write singular and plural nouns well

One of the most important aspects to remember about nouns is that they can be singular or plural, yet the way you relate them to verbs makes all the difference. For example, when referring to a music band, the instinct tells us to use a plural correlation: “The band are playing a concert tonight.” However, this would be wrong as the group is a single unit. On the other hand, when talking about a collection of individuals, the correct way to write is “The family were leaving their past behind and searching for a new beginning.” This simple nuance makes all the difference and it says to your reader more about your attention to details.

Learn about standard comparisons

We use comparisons in our speech on a daily basis. They help us to differentiate between disproportionate values and to standardize certain equivalents. The main contrast between “comparing to” and “comparing with” escapes the notion of many writers and it can lead to undesired consequences. When trying to analyze the differences and similarities between two cars, for example, you “compare one with the other.” However, when trying to tell your loved one that she has the characteristics of a wildflower or a summer night’s dream, you “compare her to it.” It shows that you liken her to a romantic symbol rather than confronting her to it.

You can break redundant rules

One minor change to the traditional style of writing is starting sentences with conjunctions. The old scholars believed that there was nothing fouler than to see words like “because” or “and” at the beginning of a phrase. Modern compositions shy away from this rule and rightly so. This standard gives your writing fluidity, coherence, and estheticism. It also says a lot about you as a writer and how much you value your readers.