An article for the grammar police among us! Obviously people make mistakes in business all the time, from spelling to punctuation. Thank goodness for spellcheck! But still people are making common errors in business writing.
- A Corporation is a singular not a plural– A Corporation is a single entity and should be referred to as “it”. i.e.
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- Abbreviations– Always spell the word in full for the first reference followed by the abbreviation in brackets. After that you can use just the abbreviation.
- Fewer/Less– Use fewer if you’re referring to people or things in the plural. Use less when you’re referring to something that can’t be counted or doesn’t have a plural. Example: Fewer hours but less time.
- Which/That– Which informs, that defines. Examples: This is the label that he ordered, the address, which he filled in half asleep, is wrong.
- A lot/a lot– alot isn’t actually a word. The correct term is a lot.
I have probably made a mistake on all of the above examples before. A very interesting article.