Common writing errors: Two / Too / To (UK tekst)

Common writing errors: Two / Too / To

Sometimes mistaken and sometimes just misinterpreted.
  • Two is the number that most people get right
  • Too means also or overly.
    You like the barbecue sauce, and I do too.
    I ate too many burgers.
    These trousers are too big.
    (Well, maybe not, after all those French fries.)
  • To means well everything else, according to Webster’s dictionary, to has over 20 usages. To give some ideas please see below:
    1. (used for expressing motion or direction toward a point, person, place, or thing approached and reached, as opposed to from ): They came to the house.
    2. (used for expressing direction or motion or direction toward something) in the direction 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 right uppercut 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 ten minutes 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 “that is the question!”

The above is part of the Tips and Tricks section for CV writing on Comoto.

Common writing errors: AM / PM (UK tekst)

Common writing errors: AM / PM

Usage of AM/PM notation has largely been replaced by the 24-hour notation around the world, but especially in written communication, the 12-hour notation with AM and PM suffixes is common in some parts of the world – be aware to avoid writing errors.

In latin AM stands “Ante Meridiem” which means “before noon or midday” and PM means “Post Meridiem” or “after noon”.

You should although avoid the expression “12:00 PM” not only  because it is incorrect, 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, though the lower-case “am” and “pm” are now so popular they are not likely to get you into trouble. The lower-case forms are standard usage in the UK.

The above is part of the Tips and Tricks section for CV writing on Comoto.

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Common writing errors: They’re / Their / There (UK tekst)

Common writing errors: They’re / Their / There

is the contraction for They Are. You make it the same way you make don’t (do not), it’s (it is), and you’re (you are).

There is a place.  Look over there. Note it has “here” in it, which is also a place:  There.

Their is a possessive pronoun.  It has “heir” in it.  If Bob and Jim are heirs according to [statute/statue] then the money is theirs.
They’re is the contraction of “they are.”

Their is the possessive – things that belong to them or that they have. Their hats are on their heads. (They own hats and they have heads –
which is a good thing, otherwise the hats would have been a waste of money.) It
is their intention to get to class on time.
(They have an intention, and it
includes getting up 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) and direction (I’m
going there)
.Thereis also used with the verb “to
be” (wasn’t I just there?), as in: there is very little time; there are
several options; there be whales here
(Okay, nobody says that last
one any more).

Therecan 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 be
And that’s
where we came in…

The above is part of the Tips and Tricks section for CV writing on Comoto.

Common writing errors: Difference Between “i.e.” and “e.g.” (UK tekst)

Common writing errors: Difference Between “i.e.” and “e.g.”

Do you know when to use i.e. and when to use e.g.?
If not then read the text below to get a better and more correct CV.

What’s the difference between i.e. and e.g.?

Unless you have studied Latin or studied the English language in depth, it might be a surprise for you to learn that the abbreviations i.e. and e.g. actually mean different things.

  • e.g. means “for example” and is derived from the Latin “exempli gratia”
  • i.e. means “that is” and is derived from the Latin “id est”

Terms of usage with some examples

There are 6 cars in the parking lot, i.e. Buick, Toyota, Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar and Subaru.
(a complete list of the colors)
There are 6 cars in the parking lot, e.g. Mercedes, BMW and Jaguar.
(an incomplete list of the colors)
Use i.e. when you are stating the 6 cars in another way
Use e.g. when you are giving examples of them.
He had to deliver ASAP, i.e. As Soon As Possible
Acronyms are words where each letter stands for a word, e.g. ASAP which means “As Soon As Possible”
Use i.e. when you are explaining the definition
Use e.g. when giving an example in most cases
Latin abbreviations are italicized, but in this case there is no agreement throughout the Grammar gurus. Some say it needs to be italicized and some say that they are so commonly used there is no need to do that.

The above is part of the Tips and Tricks section for CV writing on Comoto.
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