Do you struggle with the correct use of grammar when using social media? Don’t worry. Seemingly lots of people do. However, if you’re using social media to try and promote yourself and your business, you really should make the effort to make your content and interactions as good as they can be. Yes, there are plenty of people out there who wouldn’t notice if you mixed up your where, were, and we’res, but there is a large chunk of us who would, and sometimes it will make us think less of you both as an individual and a business owner. 

Don’t let poor grammar skills undermine what you do as a business. Our FREE grammar cheat sheet shows you which grammar mistakes we see the most often on social media and explains the differences between different spellings of phonemes. Anything you can think of to add to it?

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Check your grammar!

You’re Your
“you are” Belongs to you
You’re very good at grammar! Check your grammar!

 

There Their They’re
A place Belongs to them “they are”
There is a book That is their book They’re the owners of that book

 

It’s Its
“It is” Belongs to it
It’s a good cat The cat loves its food

 

Where Were We’re Wear
A place In the past “we are” To put on (clothing) OR to wear down
Where is my book? We were excited We are beautiful I like to wear my coat

My car is suffering from wear and tear

 

Affect Effect
The verb The noun
The light levels affect my photos My camera filter creates a fantastic effect
(An effect is the result of something being affected)

 

Stationery Stationary
Pens, pencils, paper etc Something that is not moving
I use stationery to write a letter The train was stationary in the station

 

To Two Too
A preposition A number between one and three Also
I like to read books I am two years old I like reading too

 

Who’s Whose
“Who is” Belongs to whom?
Who’s your mother? Whose mother did this?

 

Lose Loose
To not win Opposite of tight
I don’t want to lose the race My seatbelt is loose

 

Advice Advise
The noun The verb
I would like your advice Please can you advise me
(Advice is what comes from being advised)

 

Peek Peak
To sneakily look at something The highest point
I had a peek at my birthday presents I reached the peak of the mountain

 

Compliment Complement
To say something nice about something To go together well with something
I compliment my mum on her lovely hat The hat and my mum complement each other

 

Instead of should of, would of, could of

The correct use is…….

Should have / should’ve

Would have / would’ve

Could have / could’ve

 

Top tip for anyone doing online writing – install Grammarly. The free package is very good. It doesn’t always get it right but it is good at identifying what parts of your writing might need a second look.

Joanne is chief bod at Social Bods and a grammar geek. She spends a disproportionate amount of time avoiding Facebook selling groups.

 

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