Comoto Tips on English Writing Errors

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Comoto Tips on English Writing Errors

  1. 1. Common writing errors: AM / PMUsage of AM/PM notation has largely been replaced by the 24-hour notationaround the world, but especially in written communication, the 12-hour notationwith AM and PM suffixes is common in some parts of the world – be aware toavoid writing errors.In latin AM stands “Ante Meridiem” which means “before noon or midday” andPM means “Post Meridiem” or “after noon”.You should although avoid the expression “12:00 PM” not only because it isincorrect, but because many people will imagine you are talking about midnight.The same goes for “12:00 AM” instead you should – to avoid confusion –correctly say 12 noon or 12 midnight to make a corrdct designation.In the US, in formal writing it is still preferable to capitalize AM or PM, thoughthe lower-case “am” and “pm” are now so popular they are not likely to get youinto trouble. The lower-case forms are standard usage in the UK.Courtesy: http://www.comoto.comThe Above Information is part of the Tips and Tricks section for Resume writing
  2. 2. What’s the difference between i.e. and e.g.?Unless you have studied Latin or studied the English language in depth, it mightbe a surprise for you to learn that the abbreviations i.e. and e.g. actually meandifferent things. e.g. means “for example” and is derived from the Latin “exempligratia” i.e. means “that is” and is derived from the Latin “id est”Terms of usage with some examples:i.e. There are 6 cars in the parking lot, i.e. Buick, Toyota, Mercedes, BMW,Jaguar and Subaru. (a complete list of the colors)e.g. There are 6 cars in the parking lot, e.g. Mercedes, BMW and Jaguar. (anincomplete list of the colors)Use i.e. when you are stating the 6 cars in another way; Use e.g. when you aregiving examples of them.i.e. He had to deliver ASAP, i.e. As Soon As Possiblee.g. Acronyms are words where each letter stands for a word, e.g. ASAP whichmeans “As Soon As Possible”. Use i.e. when you are explaining the definition;Use e.g. when giving an example.Courtesy: http://www.comoto.comThe Above Information is part of the Tips and Tricks section for Resume writing
  3. 3. http://www.comoto.com/us/blog-us/common-errors-theyre-their-there-2Their is a possessive pronoun. It has “heir” in it. If Bob and Jim are heirsaccording to [statute/statue] then the money is theirs. They’re is the contractionof “they are.”Their is the possessive – things that belong to them or that they have. Theirhats are on their heads. (They own hats and they have heads – which is a goodthing, otherwise the hats would have been a waste of money.) It is theirintention to get to class on time. (They have an intention, and it includes gettingup when the alarm rings. They may not pull it off, but they mean well.)There answers the question “where?” It refers to place (I live there) anddirection (I’m going there). There is also used with the verb “to be” (wasn’t I justthere?), as in: there is very little time; there are several options; there be whaleshere (Okay, nobody says that last one any more).There can be used to express satisfaction (There! I finished it.); or dismay(There! Now you’ve done it!); or sympathy (There, there. It’s all going to beokay.) And that’s where we came in…Courtesy: http://www.comoto.comThe Above Information is part of the Tips and Tricks section for Resume writing
  4. 4. http://www.comoto.com/us/blog-us/common-errors-two-too-to-2 Common errors: Two / Too / Toa) Two is the number that most people get right.b) Too means also or overly. You like the barbecue sauce, and I do too. I atetoo many burgers. These trousers are too big. (Well, maybe not, after all thoseFrench fries.)c) To means well everything else, according to Webster’s dictionary, to hasover 20 usages. To give some ideas please see below:1. (used for expressing motion or direction toward a point, person, place, orthing approached and reached, as opposed to from ): They came to the house.2. (used for expressing direction or motion or direction toward something) in thedirection of; toward: from north to south.3. (used for expressing limit of movement or extension): He grew to six feet.4. (used for expressing contact or contiguity) on; against; beside; upon: a rightuppercut to the jaw; Apply varnish to the surface.5. (used for expressing a point of limit in time) before; until: to this day; It is tenminutes to six. We work from nine to five.It’s also part of the famous line: To be, or not to be.Which two/too/to is the correct one in any given situation? Well i could say “thatis the question!”

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