Did you know that there is a lot of difference in Canadian, UK and USA English? If you are in the US and sending a report to a UK client, and go that extra mile by adhering to UK English instead of sticking to the US English, it can work wonders in impressing the client. Although it is not necessary, this gesture can go a long way. Some of the common differences in spellings between the UK and US English are color becomes colour, honor becomes honour, defense becomes defence, and more.
Some of the most common writing mistakes that one is not too vigilant about are things like homophones, punctuation’s, subject-verb agreement, inconsistent tenses, etc. Homophones are two different words which sound similar like accept and except, affect and effect, bare and bear. Although they sound similar, they may completely change the meaning of a sentence and make you look ignorant in the eyes of the reader. Some writing errors may waste the time of the reader besides failing in conveying the intended message convincingly. You might unintentionally upset other members of your team and even your boss unhappy.
With the inception of grammar and spellcheck in almost all word processors, many tend to think that these tools might help them skip learning the fine nuances of the language. Many believe it is not essential for one to have impressive writing skills these days but you would be shocked to learn that although these tools help in removing a majority of errors from your writing, they might not always produce flawless results. For instance, while writing a resume, your eyes and even your word processor might miss a few spellings or grammatical errors. In such a case, your own resume might become one of your worst enemies. It is amazing how one of these mistakes slips our eyes and shows itself only to the eyes of the recruiters! Unnecessary commas, apostrophes, exclamation marks, etc. can also send out a wrong image of yourself to the recruiter.
Are you wishing if you had a list to make you aware of these common mistakes before you write your resume or your next email, proposal, or report?
This infographic from Walkerstone emphasizes on some of the common writing errors that people make. It provides the meaning of the different words and also a solution for the mistakes. The solutions offered will help you understand the common writing errors and it will also ring a bell with other words similar to the listed ones. You can always crosscheck with the help of a dictionary or check it on the internet which suggests you what a particular word means as a noun, a pronoun, a verb, etc.
Hopefully, this infographic will help you realize the importance of honing your writing skills and help you save yourself from an embarrassing situation at work. It can also help you in writing a flawless resume to impress a recruiter or with furnishing a perfect report, proposal, or email to a win over a client.