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The FINAL 5 Writing Mistakes with Easy Solutions

Welcome to the third edition of this series!

At TextRanch, we truly care about helping our users make their English perfect!

To target specific issues, common writing errors have been identified, and the next step is to solve them.

If you missed the earlier installments in this series, here are the links: part 1 & part 2.

And now on to the final chapter:

Mistake 1. Capitalization of common nouns

Though it may seem like all important nouns should be capitalized, importance actually has little to do with whether or not a word receives an uppercase first letter. Only capitalize proper nouns (like names of people or places).

Incorrect: The Doctor specializes in Internal Medicine.

✅ Correct: The doctor specializes in internal medicine.

Mistake 2. Respond vs. response

The difference between these two words lies in which part of speech they belong to. Respond is a verb, while response is a noun. When someone asks you a question, you answer with a response. By doing so, you have responded to them.

Incorrect: Can you please response? 

✅ Correct: Can you please respond? 

✅ Also correct: Can you please provide a response?

Mistake 3. “Await for”

Await is a formal verb that can be used in place of the phrasal verb wait for. For that reason, it is not necessary to write await for. Simple fix? Just remove the unneeded preposition.

Incorrect: I am awaiting for the special event.  

✅ Correct: I am awaiting the special event. 

4. Omitting an object or subject in statements/questions

English uses the SVO sentence format. When a subject or object is left out, it makes a sentence incomplete and leaves the reader wondering. To solve this, just ensure that you have included both components!

Incorrect: Did they send?

✅ Correct: Did they send it?

Incorrect: Are preparing for a quiz. 

✅ Correct: Students are preparing for a quiz. 

5. Combining “can” & “able”

Can and able both refer to the idea that it is possible for something to be done. So to avoid redundancy, the key is to pick only one and leave the other out.

Incorrect: We can be able to do it! 

✅ Correct: We can do it! 

✅ Also correct: We are able to do it!

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.

Now you should have learnt how to avoid the most common mistakes in English!

Stay tuned and read more articles from our blog to perfect your English!

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