Don‚Äôt Make These Common Writing Mistakes in Email
Rich Hua stashed this in English and the Written Arts
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‚Äôre unsure about a word, just write the sentence another way.