One of the the things about social media is that it has brought to light how poor some people’s gram­mar is. Per­haps even more of an issue is how accept­able poor gram­mar seems to be.

As a result, I thought I’d pull from the archives some old posts show­ing some of the words that peo­ple most com­mon­ly con­fuse. Here are 30 words you’re prob­a­bly get­ting wrong:

  1. A while vs. awhile
  2. Fur­ther vs. far­ther
  3. Sta­tionery vs. sta­tion­ary
  4. His­tor­i­cal vs. his­toric
  5. What­ev­er vs. whichev­er
  6. Bian­nu­al vs. bien­ni­al
  7. Sit­ting vs. seat­ing
  8. Who’s vs. whose
  9. Nau­seous vs. nau­se­at­ed
  10. Than vs. then
  11. Who vs. whom
  12. That vs. which
  13. Its vs it’s
  14. Insure vs. ensure
  15. Lie vs. Lay

About Kim Siever

I am a copy­writer and copy­ed­i­tor. I blog on writ­ing tips most­ly, but I some­times throw in my thoughts about run­ning a small busi­ness.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter at @hotpepper.

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