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How to Use Adverbs to Express Time [English Business Writing]

by Katie Almeida Spencer on Mon, Jan 23, 2017

As businesses become more international, so must our business writing. Fortunately, good business writing skills transfer very well to global audiences, but there is some confusing grammar that global business writers need to watch.

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Inanimate Possessives: two days’ time or two days time?

by Mary Cullen on Sun, Jan 22, 2017

A WISE CLIENT BUSINESS GRAMMAR QUESTION: “There was always one grammatical mix up for me, and I would like your advice on it. Do we write: I will finish in a week’s time or in a weeks time? In two days’ time or in two days time?”

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How to Use i.e. and e.g. Correctly in Business Writing

by Mary Cullen on Thu, Jan 19, 2017

A client in a business writing course asked if the abbreviations i.e. and e.g. were interchangeable. They are not. Each has a specific meaning and use.

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Effective Global Business Writing Skills: Avoid Complicated Grammar

by Katie Almeida Spencer on Mon, Jan 16, 2017

As with all business writing, you want to be clear and to the point. Convey your message as simply as possible and move on. For a global audience, you don’t want to use complicated or challenging grammatical structures. Instead, it is better to write short, clear sentences with simple grammatical structures. For example, the following two sentences:

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6 Tips when Writing for a Global Audience

by Katie Almeida Spencer on Tue, Jan 10, 2017

As businesses become more international, so must our writing. Fortunately, good business writing skills transfer very well to global audiences. Here are a few helpful tips for writing for a global audience:

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Business Grammar: Pronoun Antecedent Errors

by Mary Cullen on Tue, Dec 20, 2016

This paragraph contains an error. Find and correct it:
On July 28, managers presented second quarter sales reports. Greg Cavalos and Daniel Stein discussed the customer service issues that caused the sales decline. Evan Dupont addressed Greg and Daniel’s report, and I agree with him.

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Me, Myself, and I - Business Grammar Rules Explained

by Mary Cullen on Sat, Nov 19, 2016

Me, Myself, and I is one of the most common business grammar errors we see in business writing training sessions.

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Business Grammar: Strengthening Preposition Use

by Katie Almeida Spencer on Mon, May 9, 2016

 

Error Hunt: What is wrong with this statement?

Dylan Minor, a visiting professor in Harvard Business School, and Michael Housman, chief analytics officer in Cornerstone OnDemand, studied just how costly toxic employees are using a large dataset of 60,000 workers across 11 firms from various industries including communications, consumer services, financial services, health care, insurance, and retail.

Answer: There are preposition errors. Prepositions are words that show location in time or space. They are used heavily in business grammar and can be especially confusing to non-native writers.

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Business Grammar: Date Formats for Global Audience

by Katie Almeida Spencer on Tue, Feb 23, 2016

Various global regions abbreviate dates differently, which can be very confusing when writing to global business colleagues or customers. 

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 For example, this statement is confusing:

Third quarter production reports are due from all global regions by 2/10/16.

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How to Improve Spelling in Your Business Writing

by Mary Cullen on Wed, Oct 28, 2015

Spelling matters in business writing. It reflects credibility, professionalism, and ensures that your readers accurately understand the information you are trying to convey to them.

Have you ever been in the middle of writing a business email when suddenly you can't remember the spelling of a word? This infographic will help you logically figure out the spelling of a word you want to use.

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