In order for people to take your writing seriously you need to get the basics right.
The information contained in this blog post may be common knowledge to a lot of you, but you would be surprised how many people still make the most simplistic of errors when it comes to grammar and style.
Let’s first look at some all too common grammatical errors that can frustrate your readers, and then I will show you how to correctly use
those words in a sentence.
Common Grammatical Errors
– Loose when it should be lose. Loose refers to something that is free from anything that binds or restricts, while lose refers to the loss of something.
Example sentences: Due to budget cuts, it’s likely that a number of people will lose their jobs.
– Too when it should be to. Too means to an excessive degree, while to is used for expressing motion towards something.
Example sentences: I went to the shops this morning to get some milk so I could have some cereal for breakfast.
I didn’t attend the big networking event yesterday because I felt too sick.
– Advise when it should be advice. Advise is the act of giving counsel, while advice is a recommendation.
Example sentences: The best piece of advice I was ever given was to never stop learning.
I strongly advise that you seek help before your problems get out of hand.
– Affect when it should be effect. Affect refers to causing change, while effect is the result of an action.
Example sentences: The events of the week had a clearly negative effect on him.
Ongoing protests won’t affect the staging of this weekend’s Labor conference.
– Then when it should be than. Than can be used to introduce the rejected choice, while then can be used to separate a set of events.
Example sentences: I would rather walk than use public transport.
Last night we went out to dinner and then we went and saw the new Ben Stiller movie.
– Your when it should be you’re. You’re is a contraction of you are, while your implies ownership.
Example sentences: If you’re going to be successful in business you need to be willing to absorb as much information as you can from multiple sources.
People are more likely to take you seriously if you take pride in your appearance.
Using Numbers Correctly
Finally, let’s look at the correct style to use when it comes time to incorporate numbers into an article.
– Numbers one to nine should be written as words.
– Numbers that go into double figures should be written numerically.
– When a number is at the beginning of a sentence, it should be written as a word.
I’ll share more tips like these in future articles.
Until then, are there any common grammatical errors that you see on websites too often? Or is there something that you’re not sure that you’re writing correctly?
Please let us know in the comments below.
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