Infographic: The Ultimate English Grammar Cheat Sheet

Grammar Cheat SheetIn spite of every effort to simplify it and reform it, English remains one of the most complicated languages. It’s  a confusing beast, full of inconsistent usage, evolving rules, contradictory authorities, and newly borrowed or invented terms.

No matter what your field is, a good grasp of English grammar is important in order to be taken seriously in your writing and your endeavors, and the following infographic can help. It details many of the common mistakes made every day, and how to avoid them.

P.S. And to fill up your holiday break, here are several videos and an infographic on the history and crazier aspects of English.

Grammar Cheat Sheet


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. J.D. Ogre22 December, 2015

    > ‘Could of’ does not exist and presumably has been picked up in speech when ‘have’ has been slurred.

    Or, more likely, the English language COULD OF evolved a bit to include it, as it usually does. Bet he also thinks “ain’t” ain’t a word.

    1. Nate Hoffelder22 December, 2015

      I have seen that in print, seriously. Obviously it is incorrect (and so is could’ve, in most cases), but the use probably came from verbal slurring, as you mention, after which it was committed to paper.

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  3. Moustafa Elqabbany26 December, 2015

    “It details many of the common mistakes made everyday”.

    Please fix this blemish. “Everyday” is an adjective. I think the author meant “every day”.

    1. Nate Hoffelder26 December, 2015

      What is a post on grammar without a grammar error?

      Incomplete, I think.

      But I fixed it anyway. Thanks for pointing it out!

  4. Sonya26 December, 2015

    Verbs *has* to?
    Reserve the apostrophe for *it’s* proper use?

    1. Nate Hoffelder26 December, 2015

      Yes. Those weren’t typos; they were intentional mistakes used to drive the point home.

  5. Sonya26 December, 2015

    Okay, I think you’re joking…

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