Business Grammar

How to Use a Comma Correctly with an Appositive

An appositive is a word or phrase that refers to the same thing as another noun in the same sentence. It is placed beside another noun or pronoun to ...

How to Use Hyphens Correctly in Business Grammar

Louise Julig wrote a wonderful post about hyphens in her Thoughts Happen blog. Business writing requires correct hyphenation. It’s both clarifying ...

Capitalization Rules for Professional Business Writing

Social media, job titles, and different software or email requirements have all added to a growing confusion regarding capitalization rules. Let’s ...

Is a Name Suffix Included in a Salutation?

  Reader Question about Name Suffixes: What would be the proper business email or business letter salutation for someone with a II, Jr., Sr., etc. ...

The Lie-Lay Confusion Explained

Lay and lie are two words often interchanged mistakenly in business grammar. Lay means “to place.” Lie, as a verb, means “to recline or tell an ...

Since vs. Because [Are They Interchangeable?]

According to the APA Style Blog, "since" and "because" have specific meanings and should not be interchanged: According to the 6th edition of the APA ...

A Beginner's Guide to Using Nominalizations in Business Writing

As businesses become more international, so must our writing. Most of the time, good business writing skills transfer very well to global audiences, ...

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

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 ...

Affect vs. Effect [What is the Difference?]

If you’ve confused affect and effect before, you’re not alone. This word pair is one of the most common errors in business writing. Through this ...

Should You Put A Question in the Subject Line of an Email?

We recently received this comment from a course participant: “I have noticed a new trend of people using only the subject line to communicate a ...

Ellipses: How to Use and Format Them and Common Errors to Avoid

An ellipsis (ellipses is the plural) is the … you see all over social media. It has its place for sure, but it’s also wildly overused and, quite ...

Meet vs. See - Learn the difference [English Grammar Lesson]

Quick answer: Use MEET for the first time you see someone or when you are seeing them because you have plans or an appointment. Use SEE for all other ...

6 Advanced Grammar Mistakes

March 4th is Grammar Day and we are celebrating with a new infographic with six advanced grammar mistakes. Each year Grammar Day presents the ...

Peak, Peek, and Pique. How to Use these Homophones Correctly.

Homophones are words that sound the same when spoken but have different meanings and spellings. Peak, peek, and pique are examples of homophones. ...

How to Use Singular They

"The employee believed their safety could not be guaranteed." The sentence above has an apparently overt grammar error. The subject of the sentence, ...

What is the Difference Between Compliment and Complement?

  Compliment vs. Complement The confusion between these two words is so common! There are a few of reasons for this: The words are one letter off, so ...

Idioms & Phrasal Verbs in English Business Writing [common mistakes]

As businesses become more international, so must our writing. Most of the time, good business writing skills transfer very well to global audiences, ...

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

As businesses become more international, so must our business writing. Fortunately, good business writing skills transfer very well to global ...

How to Use i.e. and e.g. Correctly

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

6 Tips when Writing for a Global Audience

As businesses become more international, so must our writing. Fortunately, good business writing skills transfer very well to global audiences. Here ...

Business Grammar: Pronoun Antecedent Errors

This paragraph contains an error. Find and correct it: On July 28, managers presented second-quarter sales reports. Greg Cavalos and Daniel Stein ...

Me, Myself, and I - Business Grammar Rules Explained

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

Business Grammar: Strengthening Preposition Use

  Error Hunt: What is wrong with this statement? Dylan Minor, a visiting professor in Harvard Business School, and Michael Housman, chief analytics ...

Written Date Formats Around the World

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

Business Grammar: Using Pronouns Clearly

This statement contains a business grammar error. Find and correct it: You want a criminal attorney who spends 100% of their time defending the ...

4 Ways That Business Writing Courses Can Improve Your Grammar

Even the best writers -- the ones who make six figures writing for the most prestigious magazines and websites -- slip up with their grammar; though, ...

Business Grammar: Using Ensure, Assure, and Insure Correctly

This one paragraph contains a business grammar error. Find and correct it. Most important is insuring your clients are well informed. Information ...

Avoid Run-On Sentences in Your Business Writing

This statement contains an error. Find and correct it: The next few weeks will be busy. Both the website update and the app launch have deadlines in ...

How to Use Fewer or Less Correctly in Business Writing

You might write that you want fewer mistakes and less inefficiency in your business writing or office. But, it would be incorrect to write that you ...

Tables in Report Writing: Presented or Present?

Here is a interesting client grammar question related to technical report writing. I've never been asked this before, nor seen it specifically ...

Business Grammar: It's Easy to Place "Its" in Its Correct Place

This statement contains a business grammar error. Find and correct it. Darlene presented very compelling reasons for Kanter Consulting to hire our ...

Business Grammar: Complement or Compliment?

This statement contains a business grammar error. Find and correct it. Business writing training will reduce the time your employees spend writing ...

Business Grammar: What's Wrong with Mainstreamification?

This one paragraph contains a business grammar error. Find and correct it. Social media is here to stay. No longer is the support for this coming ...

Business Grammar: What's Wrong with a Free Gift?

This one paragraph contains a business writing error. Find and correct it. Instructional Solutions is offering a free gift to all clients this month. ...

Contractions in Business Writing

A client questioned the proper use of contractions in business writing: Are there any guidelines for using contractions in business writing? Smart ...

Business Grammar: Dangling Construction

This one paragraph contains a business grammar error. Find and correct it. Stashed away in the company storage room for the past twenty years, the ...

Best Business Verbs

This one paragraph contains errors in business verbs. Find and correct them. The authors will be holding a discussion about registration, to better ...

Business Grammar: Capitalization

This one paragraph contains a business grammar error. Find and correct it: I'm sorry for my slow reply. I've been on vacation, and just received your ...

Business Grammar: Fused Sentences

This statement contains a business grammar error. Find and correct it: Hi David, It is 9pm, I am still at work. My supplies still have not arrived ...

Business Grammar: Hyphens Explained

This one paragraph contains a business grammar error. Find and correct it. David Ambers, Technology Director, is upset reports are not communicating ...

Business Grammar: Fused Sentences and Comma Splices

This statement contains a business grammar error. Find and correct it: I’m sorry to hear you are not feeling well. Let’s reschedule our meeting. I’m ...

Business Grammar: Possessives Modifying Possessives

This statement contains a business grammar error. Find and correct it: An independent research company polled hundreds of our customers, and the ...

Business Grammar: That or Which?

One of the trickier grammar rules is the difference between the words that and which. Both serve a similar purpose of clarifying information in a ...

Is Grammar or Content More Important in Business Writing?

Is grammar or content more important in business writing? And, perhaps a related question is: why do so many people dislike grammar, to the point ...

Serial Comma in Business Writing

In nearly every business writing course I lead, the subject of whether or not to use a serial comma (also called an oxford comma) comes up. There is ...