25 Egregious Grammar Errors and How to Avoid Them

 

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25 Egregious Grammar Errors

Spell-check won't catch these errors. It's up to you.

Does avoiding grammatical errors matter? Only if you want your message to be clear and credible, and both you and your organization to come across as professional. Better get your copy of 25 Egregious Grammar Errors and How to Avoid Them.

Available as a PDF download, this special report helps you spot grammar and usage red flags, plus "errors of attitude" that can impede your writing – and ultimately your career.

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Dear Colleague:

I know what you’re thinking. Grammar. Ugh.

But this isn’t the boring grammar you remember from middle school. You won’t be diagramming sentences. This is about avoiding common errors that can make your message unclear – and make you look bad.

    Grammatical errors in your writing slow down your readers. They get stopped short. Their eyes flick back
    to earlier in the document. Did you really mean to say that, or was it just a silly mistake? And if you can’t
    get the grammar right, are there more serious errors in the content? Credibility suffers along with your
    image.

Suffer no more! 25 Egregious Grammar Errors and How to Avoid Them helps you identify and correct common errors. This Special Report includes:
  • 21 grammar and usage red flags. From misused words such as affect (usually a verb, but not always) and effect (usually a noun, but not always) to the perennial problem of misplaced modifiers.
  • 4 errors of attitude. For example, consistency. It’s a virtue, right? In general, yes, but sometimes the medium allows you leeway. The correct language for personal emails is somewhere between standard written grammar and everyday speech.
  • A compact “cheat sheet.” Attach a copy to your monitor. If one of the red flags appears in your writing, you can double-check the full report – either use the PDF on your computer, or print the report and keep it handy.
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You probably don’t make all of these errors, but nearly everyone makes some of them. And it takes only one to contaminate your communication.

Avoiding errors is essential for you to communicate clearly and make a good impression – on behalf of yourself and your organization. That’s why the bulk of this Special Report focuses on “red flags,” the errors that crop up again and again, even for experienced writers. For example:
  • Similar yet confusing words. Adverse/averse. Altar/alter. Than/then. Which is right? Depends on what you’re trying to say.
  • Other commonly misused words. Among/between. Composed of/comprise. Unique, a word that can’t be modified. (There are no degrees of unique, i.e., no one can have “the most unique voice you’ve ever heard.”)
  • Erroneous phrases, such as feel bad (experiencing sorrow) vs. feeling badly (because you’re wearing thick gloves).
  • Dangling modifiers. While composing this letter, a computer crash briefly slowed me down. You see the problem, right?
  • The classics. Its/it’s. Your/you’re. There/they’re/their.
25 Egregious Grammar Errors not only flags these problems, but gives you easily understood guidance for correcting them, with helpful examples. To illuminate “hopefully,” which is often incorrectly used to mean “with hopeful feelings,” the report explains:

    Wrong: Hopefully, my design will win an award.
    (The design is hoping to win the award.)

    Right: I hope my design will win an award.

However, if you really mean with hopeful feelings:

    Hopefully, I dropped my raffle ticket into the shoebox.
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25 Egregious Grammar Errors also helps you see the big picture with “errors of attitude” that can make your writing too formal, inconsistent in style or (surprise) too consistent.

Sometimes it seems as if English has more exceptions than rules. No wonder. Its roots draw from the Greek, Roman, German and other civilizations, and the language picked up words (shanghai, assassin, macho) as English explorers traveled the globe.

This potential confusion is why good grammar is so important – so readers understand your message the first time they read it. But specific usage isn’t the only thing that’s important. You also want to avoid these errors:
  • Foolish consistency. Correct grammar for a business letter is not the same as correct grammar for a personal email. If I were writing such an email, I might add: IMHO.

    Using stiff, formal grammar when chatting with co-workers can keep you from being invited to lunch. On the other hand, if you’re assigned a project you think will fail, an email to your boss that says, “You’re outta your mind!” may mean you’ll soon be free for lunch all day every day. It pays to be smart about grammar.

  • Writing without “style.” Rules often can be bent without affecting the meaning of a sentence. In such cases, you should use a consistent style.

    25 Egregious Grammar Errors suggests style manuals that can help you and your colleagues communicate with consistent style, among yourselves and between your organization and the world. (Did you note the usage of “among” and “between”?)

  • Refusing to acknowledge gray areas. The English language evolves, and your writing should evolve with it.

    For example, it used to be that prepositions at the end of sentences were forbidden. As Winston Churchill sarcastically commented, “This is nonsense up with which I will not put.” Go ahead and write, “The consultant will see the project through.” It sounds fine, and everyone will know what you mean.
You see, grammar is sometimes about following rules and sometimes about using good judgment. Let 25 Egregious Grammar Errors help you understand the nuances, so you can write better without becoming a slave to grammar.
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25 Egregious Grammar Errors is essential for helping you produce clear communications and make a good impression. Remember, the quality of your writing reflects on your organization as well.

If you’re even thinking about passing up this opportunity to order 25 Egregious Grammar Errors, please reconsider for your sake – and for the benefit of your organization.

    In today’s tough environment, you want every competitive edge, whether you’re composing an internal
    memo about a project close to your heart, or you’re creating an external proposal that could win a big new
    client. Good grammar gives you an advantage over those who write poorly, and it puts you on the same
    level as others who write well.

With 25 Egregious Grammar Errors close at hand, you’ll have a far better chance of avoiding errors – and avoiding a big negative impact upon your emails, memos, reports, whatever you write.

I urge you to download the PDF and have this Special Report at your fingertips immediately. It’s not only good grammar. It’s good sense.


Sincerely,



Phillip A. Ash
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