Category: Grammar Rules

What is Effective Business Writing?

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Effective Business Writing

People use the term “Business Writing.” Is there really such a thing? Isn’t it just writing? Yes, there is such a thing as “Business Writing.” Certainly, it’s different from Academic Writing (what we learned in school). In fact, Academic Writing isn’t very welcome in the business world. Long, cascading sentences are difficult to read and … Read On >

       

Clear or Unclear Pronoun Usage

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Pronouns refer to other words (called “antecedents”). The “other word” needs to be very clear to the audience before you can use a pronoun to refer to it. How do you think your pronoun usage is these days? Check out these examples of pronoun usage: Confusing: Michael’s manager said that he will attend the meeting. [Who will … Read On >

       

The Cost of (Un)Clear Communications: Grammar Costs

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Grammar Costs

Grammar and MONEY Some experts estimate that the US economy wastes $75 billion annually because of poor English skills. Others say that 80 percent of corporate waste can be tied directly to ineffective communications. A lot of focus has been put on speaking skills, because really, who writes anymore, right? Well, if you count emails, … Read On >

       

Clear or Confusing Writing

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confusing writing

It’s easy to make an error in your writing, especially with pronoun agreement. Confusing writing can cost your company money.

       

Whom Are You Going To Call?

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whom when writing

Using Who or Whom when writing. WHO or WHOM? We all know that there’s a difference between when to use WHO or when to use WHOM. But could you explain what to do?  The confusion between who and whom when writing is an issue that many people struggle with. As language evolves, common every day speech is much more forgiving on the usage of … Read On >

       

Linguistic Precision

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Linguistic Precision = Less Explaining Later “If you want to try a good dish at the restaurant, order the ‘Linguistic Precision.’  It’s not bad!” What does “good” really mean here? What does “bad” mean? Help your audience. Choose exact words to express your idea. That’s linguistic precision. “Nice,” “good,” and “bad” are vaguedescriptive words. They don’t tell … Read On >

       

Pluralses / Plurals’s – Let’s find out what’s right! (Pluralize Correctly)

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Pluralize Correctly

What’s the plural form of “deer”? Do you know how to pluralize correctly? Getting it wrong, and having your error discovered means a loss of credibility. Forming plurals of nouns correctly will show your audience that you’re smart and can communicate with respect. apple > apples shoe > shoes mouse > _____ (Is it “mouses”?) … Read On >

       

Epic Fail

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What is an “Epic Fail”? The term, “FAIL” has become widely used as an Internet trope where people superimpose the word, “FAIL” on images of the unsuccessful, or that which does not live up to what is expected. Usually, these FAILs are intended to make people laugh. In most cases, they are quite funny. A … Read On >

       

Agreement Means Harmony

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agreement

Agreement Means Harmony What is agreement? Agreement is when the number of the subject agrees with the number of the verb. People who read sales proposals or resumes can be very picky: they have that luxury. You want the job, and so do hundreds of other people. Resume screeners develop criteria to “disqualify” some of the many … Read On >