Every January, many people make resolutions to lose weight, quit smoking, save more, etc. Why not add “write better” to your list? It might be easier than foregoing your favorite fatty foods, overcoming your nicotine addiction or adding to your bank account.
To begin, here are some “oldies but goodies,” things I’ve covered in previous newsletters but continue to challenge many writers.
- Use “its” when referring to an organization, not “their” (which refers to people). Examples: The company will hold its annual meeting. Gabe and Jenna will present their findings.
- Don’t use “$” and “dollars” at the same time. In general, “dollars” should be used without a monetary amount. Examples: We have saved $5,000. Every dollar counts.
- Periods and commas always go inside quote marks. Example: “Let’s go,” Laura said. “It’s cold out, but Millie needs her walk.”
- Only use “include” when you’re not providing a complete list; otherwise, use “are.” Examples: The Best Picture nominees include “Room” and “Spotlight.” The Best Picture nominees are “Room,” “Spotlight,” “The Revenant,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Bridge of Spies,” “Brooklyn,” “The Big Short” and “The Martian.”
- Don’t believe everything spellcheck suggests in Microsoft Word. Example: When I wrote the phrase “it’s lean and mean,” where “it’s” correctly is the contraction of “it is,” Word suggested I use “its” instead (a possessive incorrect in this case).
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