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10 Steps to Successful Business Writing by Jack E. Appleman

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STEP EIGHT

Put Your Best Grammar on the Page

Review of basic punctuation

Guidance on the essential rules of grammar

Tips for avoiding common mistakes in word usage

Leaving out a comma or using a colon when you should’ve used a semicolon won’t ruin your career. But a document laden with misused words, verbs that don’t agree with their subjects, inconsistent tenses, incorrect punctuation, and other mistakes can make you look unprofessional or lazy.

Grammar is one of those areas that readers notice more if it’s wrong than if it’s right. You probably won’t earn a big bonus for using correct grammar and syntax (word arrangement), but you will create text that’s clear and that helps achieve the desired results.

If you know your grammar skills ...

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