Learn the basics of correct grammar
Why nitpick about grammar? Because readers may see your language—especially your use of your native language—as a reflection of your competence. Make lots of mistakes and you’ll come across as uneducated and uninformed. People will hesitate to trust your recommendation to launch a resource-intensive project, for example, or to buy goods or services. They may think you don’t know what you’re talking about.
Consider pronouns. If you don’t know how to handle I and me, many of your colleagues, partners, and customers won’t take you seriously. Some errors will predictably get you in trouble:
- “She placed an order *with Megan and I.” (CORRECT: She placed an order with Megan and me.) ...