Blog Carnival: Grammar And Spelling Mistakes

Blog Carnival: Grammar And Spelling Mistakes

Grammar isn’t always simple. The English language is a complicated beast, but there’s no excuse for spelling mistakes, overusing an apostrophe, or not understanding the difference between simple words that you learn in grade school. How can you be taken seriously if you show others you do not have a grasp on the language yourself? 

I was asked this month to write about the common grammar mistakes of my students, however I haven’t been a teacher for some time so I thought I would flip the mirror around on us adults. Below is a photo essay covering some funny and common spelling mistakes that adults have made. If we as adults cant get it right, then how do we expect our students to?

Today’s article is written for the Reach To Teach Teach Abroad Blog Carnival, a monthly series that focuses on providing helpful tips and advice to ESL teachers around the globe. The host for this month is Samantha Baker. I’ll be posting a new ESL-related article on my blog at the start of every month, and the carnival is always published on the 5th by that month’s host. Check back for more articles, and if you’d like to contribute to next month’s Blog Carnival, please contact Dean at, and he will let you know how you can start participating!

Spelling mistakes are intolerable. You should know the differences between these words, and so should your students.

How many mistakes do you see here?

awesome sign at mel's 7-71

Watch those extra letters.

Art of Writting

Great! Lucy can fly, but does she know where an apostrophe should go?

Lucy the ladybird, teaching our children how to read.

Yes, you are indeed unique in your use of the apostrophe.

Im' Unique.

Over 130 years of apostrophe catastrophe.

Over 130 Years of Apostrophe Catastrophes!

 The use of correct punctuation and spelling in a sentence is essential. Hot vegetarians?


So who is supervising the adults supervising the adults? Re-read what you have written to see if it makes sense.

Who Supervises Who?

Your or You’re? Think about it!

Too, to and two sound the same, but they mean different things!

Fat-Cats Take A Diet Cause Your Getting Well To Fat

I wonder if they have an issue with customers attempting to make their own sushi?

Freshly Make Sushi !!!

Congratulations to you on your fine spelling! Again, spelling mistakes are not tolerated!


Atrocious! Those extra letters just love invading words.  Also, rogue apostrophe on the loose! What do you think the baguettes are in possession of?

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Bagguette's (?!)

Seriously! It’s outside of a school!

Street Markings Outside a Primary School In England, UK

A must for everyone! There is a huge difference between your and you’re. 


Struggling with ideas for how to teach the tenses in English? Check out our list below for ideas and handy resources

Resource List for: Future Perfect TensePast ProgressivePast PerfectPresent ProgressiveFuture SimpleSimple PastPresent Simple, Present Perfect,

Have you seen any great grammar or spelling mistakes lately? What are your grammar pet peeves? We’d love to hear from you!

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