Thursday, July 23, 2015

Common Writing Errors Cheat Sheet

This is a really good and quick guide to writing errors we all find ourselves questioning on occasion. These are points that sometimes not even 'spell check' can save us. 

And then of course, there are just the ones that go unchecked all together. 

You’re looking at an e-mail you just wrote, and you’re not sure whether you have the right word: Do you want affect or effect? Further or farther? Gray or grey? 

Getting it wrong can make you look bad — people do judge you by the way you write — but you also don’t have all day to look up words. It helps to have an easy reference for the basics, bookmark some resources, and learn how to choose your battles.


To save you keystrokes, here’s the run-down on some of the most common problem words:

Affect/Effect: Most of the time affect is a verb and 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 “to parcel out.”

Between You and I: Nope. Between you and me is the correct phrase... 
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