Sunday, June 1, 2008

Effective writing: Mistakes in writing undermine credibility

You may be an expert in your field, however, if you make errors in your writing, you will loose credibility. Although the number and complexity of grammatical rules is daunting, flaunting them will make you seem uneducated, careless and a poor proofreader. That said, people shouldn't judge a book by it's cover. To do so would be poor judgement which is all too common these days.

If you were to encounter a paragraph like the preceding one in real life, you would have no confidence in the writer or the writer's message. It contains 10 errors. Can you identify and correct all 10 errors?

The first sentence contains two major errors. The comma splice could be corrected by replacing the comma before "however" with a semicolon or a period. The misspelled word "loose" should be "lose."

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