A lot of people out there, especially in my generation, often communicate with others via text message. Now, I’ll admit I send more than my fair share of texts but I have to say I use proper English in mine so I don’t get lazy elsewhere.
CopyBlogger.com posted an article today about 15 common grammar errors. People: these are extremely important to pay attention to. Using the incorrect “there, their or they’re” (or another common error) undermines your message. You may have an extremely well thought out point or plan but if presented with major spelling or grammatical errors, you won’t be given the time of day.
It’s only fair: In this day and age competency is highly valued and sought after. In a competitive job market such as the one we’re currently in, these little details will set you apart.
So what can you do? For starters, pay attention. Decide what you are trying to say and then make sure that is what you’re saying. Proofreading is free, easy and painless: DO IT. If you’re not sure you’re using the right word in the right way, look it up or choose another. The person reading your paper/resume/blog/whatever will greatly appreciate it, I can assure you. And “future-you” (you, upon reflection) will be proud- not remorseful- of what you’ve communicated.