Oh, the perils of first draft publishing. It can make us a little lazy.
We don't want to be lazy. We want to write great content that engages our readers. So let's avoid these common grammar and spelling mistakes, shall we? You'll look more polished, and people will, oddly, trust you more, when your content is easy to read, and without errors.
Spell check is great, but it won't catch the following errors. Bookmark this list, and make sure you're not committing the following crimes against the English language (many of these get caught by grammarly, but not all):
1. Instead of should of, Use should have
You should have gone to the store.
2. Instead of without further adieu, Use without further ado
Adieu means goodbye, so when you write “without further adieu,” what you're saying is you don't want to have any more goodbyes. That doesn't make any sense, especially because when you're writing it, you're usually introducing something.
3. Instead of wal-lah, Use voila
You can't write phonetically in English. It almost never works out in your favor.
They're going to their house over there to watch the movie.
She peeked at her sleeping baby, which piqued the interest of the dog. Later, she made a meringue, and beat the eggs until they peaked.
Your pants are so loose that I'm worried you'll lose the change in your pocket.
The first is part of a sequence, as in, then we went to the movies. The second is a comparison: she has more dogs than I do.
8. Instead of for all intensive purposes, Use for all intents and purposes
Intense means something entirely different than intent.
9. Text Speak (LOL, SMH, etc.)
When you have a keyboard, you have access to all the letters that form words. Real words. Write them out, and use LOL sparingly. If you're not actually laughing, don't type that. Use a different connecting phrase, or drop it altogether.
There are more, so, so many more. When in doubt, look it up. When someone corrects your grammar, thank them. They're making you better.
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