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Another 5 Common Writing Mistakes in English with Easy Solutions

Welcome to the second edition of this series!

TextRanch received a great response to part 1, so we couldn’t help but follow it up with 5 additional solutions…

Click here to read part one!

1. Not capitalizing ‘I’

This pronoun is always capitalized, so it’s a straightforward rule to follow. This also goes for contracted forms like I’ve, I’ll, and I’d. 

Incorrect: i knew what i needed to do.

✅ Correct: I knew what I needed to do.

2. Forgetting apostrophes in contractions

Speaking of shortened words, it is important to include an apostrophe in contractions. In some cases, the meaning will change without one (like well vs. we’ll). To do this correctly, place the apostrophe in the spot where the letter(s) used to be.

Incorrect: Shell get angry if were late!

✅ Correct: She’ll get angry if we’re late!

3. Look forward for’

Although it is perfectly correct to look for something, the preposition for does not belong in the phrasal verb look forward to. No matter what you’re looking forward to, make sure to switch “for” to “to”!  

Incorrect: Are you looking forward for Halloween? 

✅ Correct: Are you looking forward to Halloween?

4. Using present perfect with past time markers

The present perfect tense (have/has + past participle) is not compatible with time indicators that are clearly in the past and already over (e.g., yesterday, last month, and in 2019). Solution? Change the verb to simple past tense.

Incorrect: I have paid the electric bill two weeks ago.

✅ Correct: I paid the electric bill two weeks ago.

5. Mixing up ‘wedding’ & ‘marriage’

These terms are closely related but not interchangeable. Marriage is a lifelong partnership between two people, and to make a marriage official, couples have a wedding ceremony. If you get invited to one of these celebrations, please be sure to call it a wedding and not a marriage!

Incorrect: Did everyone have fun at the marriage?

✅ Correct: Did everyone have fun at the wedding?


Remember, making mistakes is a natural part of learning to write in English, but that doesn’t mean you can’t recognize errors and fix them.

After all, practice makes perfect!

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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