Noted Studies of Grammar Errors Reveal Changing Issues in Common English Writing

A number of ambitious studies have worked to map the frequency of such errors in common use, according to

One famous project, which was conducted by Maxine Hairston in 1981, surveyed which grammatical errors professionals found to be most egregious.

Her findings concluded that status marking errors - as demonstrated in the sentence "I didn't do nothing" - disturbed respondents the most, along with faulty parallelism and the use of "would of" instead of "would have." The responses indicated, moreover, that teachers and business managers have very different ideas of what essential grammar constitutes, according to the website.

Another study, which was completed in 2008 by Andrew and Karen Lunsford, combed through 3,000 collegiate papers. The researchers created a list of frequently made errors.

Their study suggested that digital communication may cause "new error patterns." For instance, bizarrely constructed sentences seem to be made when "students cut and paste passages from one sentence to another." Incorrect capitalizations are possibly caused by automated capitalizing tools, reports.

Professionals may draw on the error lists offered by these studies as they revise their written work. They can also utilize grammar and spelling checks to improve their writing.