Basic business writing – Of or have … and other common goofs

This is an extract from the 30 Day Basic Business Writing  Challenge by @SuzanStMaur …Of/have: such commonly spoken and written words, but sadly not interchangeable. If you’re talking about something in conditional terms, you need to say “I could have … would have … should have.” The use of the word “of” instead is incorrect […]

Basic Business Writing – when to cApiTaliSe

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This is an extract from the 30 Day Basic Business Writing Challenge by @SuzanStMaur And so to C/capital letters… No matter how important you think nouns may be, there’s no need to give them a capital first letter unless they are “proper” nouns, which are official names and titles including those of: People Nationalities Geographical […]

Negative writing – are you half empty or half full?

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We’ve all heard of the “half empty versus half full” concept and how which way you look at it can determine what sort of person you are. When it comes to business writing, though, we can’t afford any of the so-called “woo-woo” pseudo-psychological aspects of positivity. Being positive is a very important and basic part […]

Basic Business Writing – Active vs Passive

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This is an extract from the 30 Day Basic Business Writing Challenge by @SuzanStMaur Active versus passive In some of my writings on this topic I talk about “go” words/sentences versus “slow” words/sentences and despite not being very intellectual, those terms make it easy to remember which style works better! This is closely linked with […]

When is it OK to use slang in business writing?

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This is an extract from the 30 Day Basic Business Writing Challenge by @SuzanStMaur So – it’s slang time! This is a highly debatable topic in business writing. Just how much slang is permissible in business text depends greatly on the nature of the text you’re writing and particularly, its intended audience. If you’re writing […]

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