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Don’t Make These Common Writing Mistakes in Email


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Rich, these are all good reminders:

People judge you by your writing, so getting a word wrong can make you look bad. Be sure to avoid these common writing errors in your next email:

  • Affect/Effect:¬†Affect¬†is a verb;¬†effect¬†is a noun. It affected him. The effect was startling.
  • All Right/Alright:¬†Although¬†alright¬†is gaining ground, the correct choice is still¬†all right.
  • A Lot:¬†A lot¬†is two words, not one.¬†Allot¬†means ‚Äúto parcel out.‚ÄĚ
  • Between You and I:¬†Nope.¬†Between you and me¬†is the correct phrase.
  • Complement/Compliment:¬†Things that work well together¬†complement¬†each other.¬†Compliments¬†are a form of praise.
  • Farther/Further:¬†Farther¬†is for physical distance;¬†further¬†is for metaphorical distance. How much farther? Our plan can‚Äôt go any further.
  • Lay/Lie:¬†Subjects¬†lie¬†down; objects are¬†laid¬†down. He should lie down. Lay the reports there.

And remember: If you’re unsure about a word, just write the sentence another way.

Source:¬†Adapted from ‚ÄúA Quick Guide to Avoiding Common Writing Errors,‚ÄĚ by Mignon Fogarty