When serious writers read your blog, they will tell you that they cringe when they come across grammar errors. Consequently, when writing blog or website copy, it is essential to take the time to check for errors in grammar.
These errors are sometimes made by college graduates, successful business owners, and teachers. Therefore, there is no need to hang your head in shame. At the same time, you do want to take the time to check your blog articles for errors. You won’t be disappointed. The two examples below highlight how easily these mistakes can be made.
To be taken seriously, it’s important to differentiate between these three words. Keep in mind that your spell check will not pick up errors when words are used incorrectly. This makes it necessary to proofread material for errors in grammar.
To, two, and too sound exactly alike. The word to is a preposition showing a relationship between two words. This form can also be used as an infinitive, such as to run, to skip, or to fly. Too is used when you mean also or more than sufficient. The number two is easy enough to understand.
Then and than have very different meanings, though they sound the same. As I wrote this article, spell check suggested a correction of the word than. The suggestion was then. So, it’s easy to see how some mistakes are made.
While these two words sound the same, there is no need to make the mistake of substituting them for one another. When doing comparisons, than would be the correct word to use. When talking about time, the word then is appropriate to use.
Grammar errors can make or break your great blog copy. Based on small mistakes in your writing, your readers might form a negative opinion of your work. What a shame that would be!
When we take the time to read through work that we plan to publish, we won’t be disappointed. At the very least, our readers will know that we care about what we publish.
I’ll take on the dangling participle in a future post. For now, though, take the time to proofread your work. Your readers will.