Language/Writing Tip 13

Here are some mistakes that make you look very bad.

1) forgetting commas around appositional phrases:

WRONG:
“The book, as we have seen is long.”
“The last time I, dressed in green in red attended a party…”
“Stanko and Janko, the well-known gangsters both forget where they had parked.”

CORRECT:
“The book, as we have seen, is long.”
“The last time I, dressed in green in red, attended a party…”
“Stanko and Janko, the well-known gangsters, both forgot where they had parked.”

2) Know the difference between “first” as a dubious synonym for the adverb “firstly” and “__ first”

“First person to set foot on the moon…” is embarrassing.

Less embarrassing but still wrong:

“There are three ways to eat a chocolate eclair. First…”

No. It has to be “THE first” because you mean “The first way…”

3) Not “a bit snotty way” but:

a) “a bit of a snotty way”
b) [more elegant-sounding and formal: “a somewhat snotty way”

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