Today’s post is a little bit of fun and I hope it will bring a smile to your face. If you have any experience with the internet, you would probably have seen a funny picture with humourous writing on it. You might not know it, but this is called a ‘meme’. Memes are images with text that depict something popular in society and are often spread quickly across the internet. Today I would like to look at some English grammar and language memes, which often show mistakes that are very common in the English language.

Oxford English Academy - Meme 1This meme is a very popular one and shows the importance of punctuation. The first sentence means that we want to eat grandma, while the second sentence, with only an added comma, means that we are telling grandma that we want to eat. With the correct punctuation, grandma has been saved from being eaten.

This meme shows a grammar mistake that is often made. The following sentence is correct: “I have a lot of respect for English teachers because they know a lot about the English language”.

This meme is one that has been floating around the internet for a long time in many different forms as it is a mistake that is made so often by so many people. ‘Your’ is a possessive adjective and is used to show that something belongs to you. You can use it in the following sentence: “Is that your cat? She’s so cute”. On the other hand, ‘you’re’ is a contraction of ‘you’ and ‘are’. It can be used in the following sentence: “You’re such a good friend for helping me move. Thank you”.

I hope this post has given you some insight into mistakes that are made in English grammar. By learning English at Oxford English Academy, you will be taught correct grammar and will avoid making such mistakes in the future. Your welcome! Or you’re welcome?