Want to avoid making grammatical errors in your holiday letters this year?
If so, you’ve come to the right place. We are Worcester Envelope Company, and we are your premier source for bulk envelopes for your holiday letters. If you’ve read our latest blog, then you already know the steps you should take to write a traditional holiday letter, but after you’ve written your letter, it’s important to make sure that is free of spelling and grammatical errors. It can be a little embarrassing to send out a holiday letter that is full of grammatical errors, but grammar can be incredibly complicated, so we’ve decided to come up with this list of the most common grammatical errors to watch out for in your holiday letters:
#1. Incorrect use of apostrophes
Apostrophes can be tricky, but as a general rule, you should only use them when there is a possessive. For example, “Season’s Greetings” is correct, whereas, “Merry Christmas from the Smith’s” is not correct. Figuring out where to put the apostrophe when the word has an “s” on the end of it can also be tricky, but there are two proper ways to do this: “The Jones’s holiday wishes…” or “The Jones’ holiday wishes…”
#2. It’s and its
The “it’s vs its” struggle is real and many people have trouble with it. However, once you note that “it’s” is a contraction for it is and “its” is the possessive form of “it,” it becomes easier to tell the two apart. A good trick for deciding which form to use is to say the sentence with “it is” or “it has.” If the sentence makes still makes sense, you are safe to use “it’s,” and if it doesn’t, use “its.”
#3. Subject-verb agreement
Another grammatical error many people struggle with is subject-verb agreement. Subjects and verbs always need to align, so if your subject is plural, your verb also has to be plural. This remains true even when the verb is far away from the subject in the sentence. A good way to ensure that your subjects and verbs agree is to simply underline them in each sentence and say them together.
#4. Their, they’re, and there
Part of the reason why the English language is so complicated and difficult to learn is that many words that sound exactly the same have completely different meanings, and “their, they’re and there” is a great example of this. Many people will accidentally use “their” or “they’re” when they meant to use “there.” But it helps to remember that “they’re” means they are and “their” is the possessive form of they. When deciding which one to use in a sentence, replace the word with “they are” or “here.” If “they are” makes sense, use “they’re;” if “here” makes sense, use “there;” and if neither one makes sense, use “their.”
Now that you know which grammatical errors to watch out for, you need to make sure that you can catch them, and the best way to do that is by proof-reading your holiday letter before you send it out. You could also ask someone close to you to read it for you.
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