It’s time to review some nasty writing mistakes that damage our credibility.
Blogging should be conversational and engaging, breaking formal grammatical and spelling conventions.
Take a look at some of those glaring errors you never want to make:
1. Loose versus lose
I see people make this mistake a lot.
Loose: unfastened, not fixed in place
e.g: The screws are too loose
Lose: unable to find or detect.
e.g: You might lose your money to the gamblers
2. It’s versus its
‘It’s’ is a contraction of it is or it has
‘Its’ denotes possession
3. Improper use of the apostrophe
Basically, you use an apostrophe in two cases:
For contractions (don’t for do not)
To show possession (Frank’s blog means the blog belongs to Frank)
If still in doubt, leave the apostrophe out.
4. Who versus whom
Use who when the word is the subject of a verb
Use whom when the word is the object of the verb
5. They’re versus their versus there
Their shows possession
They’re is a contraction of they are
There: a place
6. i.e. vs. e.g.
Ah, Latin … you’ve just gotta love it.
The Latin phrase id est means “that is,” so i.e. is a way of saying “in other words.” It’s designed to make something clearer by providing a definition or saying it in a more common way.
The Latin phrase exempli gratia means “for example”, so e.g. is used before giving specific examples that support your assertion
7. Never start a sentence with ‘And’ ‘But’ or ‘Because’
8. Don’t end a sentence with a preposition
Wrong: Where are you at?
Right: Where are you?
9. Use a lot of white space in your writing, it enhances readability
10. Use cliches only once in a blue moon
A cliche is an overused simile or metaphor.
Hope these tips helped.