‡ Introduction ‡ Common errors:  Colloquialism  Possessive form and contractionsssss  En-dash and hyphen  More than and over

 Dated  Using wordy expressions ‡ Conclusion

‡ Most of the errors in business writing are grammatical. ‡ Errors leave bad impression on the reader. ‡ They raise doubts about the person¶s professionalism.

‡ Use of informal phrases in business writing is a major error. Ex: Mr.brown kicked the bucket on x day. Mr. Brown died on x day.

‡ It has been observed that many writers don¶t differentiate between En-dash(±) and hyphen(-). ‡ EX: En-Dash Hyphen Cost±benefit analysis Quaid-e-Azam Part C±E blue-green

‡ Writing Dated on is incorrect but is used commonly. ‡ Ex: Thank you for writing the letter dated on 17-March-2010. (Incorrect) Thank you for writing the letter dated 17-March-2010. (correct)

‡ The word over is used for describing a physical position. Ex: The bridge led over the pond. ‡ Wrong usage: Over 50 males participated in the race. ‡ Correction: More than 50 males participated in the race.

‡ The possessive form of it is often mixed with its contraction. ‡ Its possessive form of it ‡ It¶s Contraction for it is EX: When is our next meeting.Please confirm its date. ( ) When is our next meeting.Please confirm it¶s date.( )

‡ When wordy expressions are used, the true message entangles in the heavy traffic of words and the reader can¶t interpret the right meaning. ‡ It will make you feel just like this fish which has trapped its body (message) in net by itself (words).

‡ Using wordy expressions when a small one can do, is another common mistake. EX: Due to the fact that she was attending the meeting« Or Since she was attending the meeting«

Small mistake! Funny for you! Big embarrassment for the one who made it! Don¶t let small mistakes make big impact on your customer!

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