Common mistakes

Aim to be clear and precise in your writing and avoid writing in the way you would speak to friends. If possible, read your work aloud to check for sense, tense and appropriate tone.

Common mistakePut it right
They was good friendsThey were good friends
Should of/could of/would of/might ofShould have/could have/would have/might have
Gonna/woulda/couldaGoing to/would’ve/could’ve
And I said to him no way José!I said to him, “No way, José!”

Question

How does the text need to change in this example to make the grammar and spelling appropriate for a written piece?

I knew it were gonna be sunny that day. The clouds might of been on holiday themselves as it was so hot. And the beach is so crowded. So I buy alot of ice cream and sit down on the pebbles.

I knew it was going to be sunny that day. The clouds might have been on holiday themselves as it was so hot and the beach was so crowded. I bought a lot of ice cream and sat down on the pebbles.

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