Kimberly Joki, in her grammarly blog, lists some of the “worst writing mistakes you can make at work.” Even if you are someone who isn’t bothered by a misplaced comma, she says, there will inevitably be coworkers and clients who will notice and who will judge your quality of work by your mistakes, she points out, adding the advice to “Be smarter than you were in primary school.”
Joki offers a list of pairs and triplets which are often mixed up:
- There/ they’re/ their (“They’re” means “they are”. “There” refers to a place. “Their” refers to something owned by more than one person.)
- Your/ you’re (The difference, Joki explains, is that “Your” talks about you owning something, while “you’re” talks about you being something.)
- Effect/ affect (When you’re talking about the change itself, use “effect”; When you’re talking about the act of changing, describe how that thing “affects” you.)
- Between/ among (“Between” refers to two entities sharing something, “among” to three or more sharing something.)
Christina Wang of Shutterstock.com agrees. “No matter where you work or what you do, everyone needs to know how to write effectively for business these days,” she says. “And yes,” she adds, “that includes paying attention to grammar.”
Wang’s no-no list includes a couple of others:
- Using “I” instead of “me”. Don’t say “Thanks for meeting Steven and I for lunch yesterday.” (It should be “Steven and me”.
- Using unnecessary apostrophes. “That company’s presentation is full of great idea’s.” (Apostrophes show possession, not plural.) “You’ll love it’s strategy.” (“It’s” means “it is”’ “its” is a pronoun.)
As blog content writers, if we could use proper grammar and spelling, that’d be just g-r-e-a-t!