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5 Common Writing Mistakes in English with Easy Solutions

Day in and day out, TextRanch editors encounter and correct the same kinds of writing errors.

While there is no shame in making grammar or spelling mistakes as an English learner, it is critical to learn from these slipups and improve over time.

Check out the solutions below to fix 5 of the most frequent errors that our English experts come across on a regular basis:  

1. Not starting a sentence with a capital letter

The golden rule! Every complete sentence begins by capitalizing the first letter of the first word. This is one of the few English rules with NO exceptions.

Incorrect: the giraffe ate leaves from a tall tree.

✅ Correct: The giraffe ate leaves from a tall tree.

2. Forgetting ending punctuation

Just like #1, this one has no exceptions either. Make use of periods, question marks, and exclamation points to finish sentences.

Incorrect: Isn’t the weather supposed to be gloomy

✅ Correct: Isn’t the weather supposed to be gloomy?

3. Placing a past tense verb after “did” or “didn’t”

The base form of a verb is always used after did or didn’t. This is because this auxiliary verb (aka helping verb) already marks the past tense.

Incorrect: I didn’t went to the amusement park.

✅ Correct: I didn’t go to the amusement park.

Incorrect: Did you took the garbage out?

✅ Correct: Did you take the garbage out?

4. Adding “about” to “discuss”

Since the verb discuss means to talk about something, it is redundant to write “discuss about”. In addition, discuss is a transitive verb, which means that it needs an object to pair with.

Incorrect: Let’s discuss about the topic during our meeting.

✅ Correct: Let’s discuss the topic during our meeting. 

5. Using a plural noun directly after “each” or “every”

It may seem counterintuitive to place a singular noun right after these two determiners, but that’s exactly what you have to do!

Incorrect: Every people should have time to relax.

✅ Correct: Every person should have time to relax.

Incorrect: Please follow each steps closely!

✅ Correct: Please follow each step closely!

Is there any other common mistake that comes to your mind? Let us know!

The corporate world is filled with expressions, specialized vocab words, and various acronyms.

You probably already know some of the classics like ASAP and FYI, but have you come across the more advanced ones below?

And more importantly, do you know how to use them?


1. OOO

Stands for… Out of office

Meaning: When someone is out of office, it means they are temporarily not available to work due to being on vacation or another type of leave.

Relatedly, out-of-office messages are set as automatic replies to emails/phone calls to let everyone know that one is not currently available.

Example:

Employees have been instructed to set up OOO responses.

2. ROI

Stands for… Return on investment

Meaning: Usually expressed as a percentage, ROI is a numerical measure of the success of a financial investment. If the return is positive, a profit was made. On the other hand, a negative ROI means that a portion of money was lost.

Example: The ROI of my stock portfolio is at a modest 6%.

3. TBA/TBC

Stands for… To be announced/To be confirmed

Meaning: Sometimes an event or product release is planned but not completely fleshed out in terms of schedule. When this happens, TBA and TBC are used to announce that something is coming but does not have a fixed date or time yet.

Example:

The clothing line is set to launch, but the exact date is TBA/TBC.

4. WFH

Stands for… Work(ing) from home

Meaning: With the rise of remote work, this term has become much more popular over the last few years. Working from home is exactly what it sounds like: Getting tasks done at home rather than commuting to an office each day.

Example:

If necessary, would you feel comfortable WFH?

5. HQ

Stands for… Headquarters

Meaning: Most large firms and corporations have locations in multiple cities, but their headquarters are considered the main office and administrative center of the entire company.

Example:

Many tech companies have their HQ in Silicon Valley.

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