As businesses, we all get tons of mails day-in and day-out from affiliates to clients to the boss and the co-workers. For the most part, the person who reads them tries to gauge the intent of the person sending a mail.

Typos and spelling errors, though avoidable, just happen. It is an irksome human folly yet tolerable. However, when the sender indulges in a mistake that is purposeful, nothing seems more annoying. Isn't it?

This is not to take a moral high-ground. We as bloggers and content creators also fall in the trap too often. But a few common sense mistakes keep rolling back.

From a professional point of view, it certainly doesn't bode well to have a mailing party who messes up their basics. For one, it forces the reader to typecast you as an outright dumb person.

If you are applying for a job or communicating with a client mistakes of such a nature become all the more prominent.

Be it a punctuation mark, a slight comma or a colon, could make a lot of difference to convey your meaning.Here are some of the most commonly committed grammatical mistakes that you should be avoiding the next time.

P.S: It is not a English discourse-for-free joyride. So better buckle up to correct the silly mistakes.

1. You're - Your

You're is an obvious corruption of two seperate words for convinience sake. Your on the other hand symbolizes a relation or a relative reality. So the next time you plan to use these words just avoid sounding something like this- "Your Welcome".

2. They're - There - Their

Just think back a little. This could have just been the first lesson in English classes way back in Junior school. But thanks to out Twitter-sized memories, we happily forget to remember.

They're is again a compound word made up of two seperate words. Their is a relative term used to describe an object that belongs to somebody. There is used with regards to a location.

3. Lose - Loose

The categorical difference between these two words can mean a lot. While to 'lose' something would imply a lost deal. However, you can be tagged as a loose person, describing a facet of your character. So watch that!

4. It's - Its

A confession before we spill some wisdom. This is a folly I am personally prone to. That's that!

It is the abbreviated form of it is that is used to point out a condition or objectify. Its is a more specific and possessive version of It.

5. Effect - Affect

Now messing these 2 important words could land you in a nice soup for sure. Effect implies a consequence or result of an action. Affect, on the other hand, is the ability to influence another. Now that is what CEO's and entrepreneurs need to catch onto seriously.

6. Then - Than

Most of us know what each of these terms mean, however, there are situations when the obvious confusion can raise its ugly head. Well just remember this the next time that happens. Then is a time-related word while Than is to be used when a comparison is what you intend to make. simple and straight.

7. Alot

Wondering what the co-related mess up word is? Well for starts "alot" is not a word in itself. What the user is trying to say is a lot. A missed space and you go down the unprofessional drain!

These are some of the commonly made mistakes that we could gather. If you have others to add to our list, do leave a reply below. Hope this will make all of us conscious our silly mistakes and help create a perfect professional image.

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1 Response to 'Grammar Goofs That Businesses Should Avoid'

  1. Arnel Colar Said,
    http://www.e-junkie.info/2013/03/grammar-goofs-that-businesses-should.html?showComment=1362650895736#c2341584437057268558'> March 7, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    "Alot" is the word that I get confused all the time. Thanks for clearing it up for me.


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