02 January, 2023

Most common grammatical mistakes students make while applying for an internship!


Hrithvik Divekar


Grammatical mistakes are one the most crucial and potentially disastrous for a career and often underrated by students.

India being one of the highest English speaking-populated countries, yet the number of people who are proficient in the language are very few. Being grammatically accurate is one of the most important skills a student needs to be accepted at an internship or at a job.

A student , even before he/she has a chance to show up at an interview, is judged on the basis of his/her cv or resume, which is a written statement of the student's competency, qualifications and caliber. It should be flawless but yet very students take it seriously.

- The basic mistakes which students usually make are capitalizing unnecessary words and leaving "i" in smaller case.  This simple grammatical error shows negligence and can be caught by a seasoned interviewer.

- The next major mistake that students make is in the area of Tenses.

Eg. I didn't "did"  it.  Here the past participle of the word do shouldn't be used as there is a use of the word "didn't" which signifies past tense already.

Hence the correct sentence would be

Eg. I didn't do it.

- Another mistake the students make is with plurals of the words. Sometimes the students try to create a plural form of already existing  plural words.

Eg. Childrens , hairs , etc.

So these are really the basic mistakes which if students really do try to work on, can be avoided easily.

- Some of the most common grammar mistakes are pronoun errors. They occur when pronouns do not agree in number with the nouns to which they refer. If the noun is singular, the pronoun must be singular. If the noun is plural, the pronoun must be plural as well.

For example:

Incorrect: “Every boy must bring their own lunch.”

Correct: “Every girl must bring his own lunch.”

- Sentence fragments are also common grammar mistakes. A sentence needs to have a subject and a verb. A fragment often happens after another related idea has been expressed.

For example:

Incorrect: “Emily stayed home from college the other day. Because she was sick.”

Correct: “Emily stayed home from college the other day because she was sick.”

These are a few examples of how tiny yet fatal these mistakes can be.

In order to avoid silly and embarrassing mistakes, which can potentially hinder one's career , it is important to stick with the basics, read good author's work, articles, practice speaking and writing fluently and correct English .

As the saying goes, practice makes man perfect, it indeed is wise to practice grammatically accurate English and it'll help the students in the long run.

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