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December 10, 2015

 If only there were one word to cut from your writing to make it more concise, clearer, what would THAT word be?

 
Editors know the four-letter word is precisely that. In fact, the problem of misuse and overuse of the word has become so common, there are now macros for word processing software to flag the word and help editors catch and delete use o...

October 28, 2015

 

 

English is now only second to Mandarin as the most spoken language on the planet. When international business meetings occur, English usually is the default language for presentations and written materials. As non-native English speakers interact in an increasingly international and connected business world, they must grapple with the nuances of...

August 26, 2015

 

Let’s face it: One of the most difficult aspects of English writing is the misuse and abuse of words. For nearly every rule, there’s an exception. But that doesn’t excuse business writers from proper use of commonly confused words.

 

Let’s look at five of the worst gotchas in business writing:

 

Who/that: It has become common in popular writing to see...

March 25, 2015

It’s not alright…ah…all right…to make these mistakes: 

  1. Ahold:  Either it’s two words (I’ll get a hold of him later) or it’s simply hold (Get hold of yourself!)

  2. Alot:  It’s two words. (A lot of people forget that.)

  3. Alright:  All right is always two words.

  4. Being that:  Since or because is what you want...

January 27, 2015

As the New Year gets into full swing, here are two great books to have on your shelf. These work for writers and those aspiring to improve their business writing or prose.

 

One is “Gwynne’s Grammar: The Ultimate Introduction to Grammar and the Writing of Good English” (Knopf). Making the case to a return to the “serious business” of good grammar, N....

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