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June 29, 2007

12 Easy to Avoid Writing Mistakes

by Dan

Brian Clark has published two articles at that cover some simple mistakes we make when writing. Since I’m always trying to improve my writing skills, I thought I’d pass on these useful tips.

  1. Your vs. You’re
  2. It’s vs. Its
  3. There vs. Their
  4. Affect vs. Effect
  5. The Dangling Participle
  6. Loose vs. Lose
  7. Me, Myself, and I
  8. Different than vs. Different from
  9. Improper Use of the Apostrophe
  10. Parallelism
  11. i.e. vs. e.g.
  12. Could of, Would of, Should of

I remember learning a few of these from my grandmother when I was a kid. My mom always spoke of my grandmother as being extremely good at writing, and particular about it too. So I started trying to write better, and I guess it’s stuck with me.

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