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Some Essential Grammar Tips for More Effective Business Writing by Claire Meirowitz, Natalie Canavor

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Some Essential Grammar Tips for More Effective Business Writing

Natalie Canavor and Claire Meirowitz

How often have you said: “I can’t stop now to think about grammar; I’ve got to finish this report because the department head is waiting for it!” You’re right: Now is not the time. But, here are a few pointers so that you’ll be prepared next time.

Commas can bedevil you—What are commas for? Many people say they use commas to create a pause in the sentence. Don’t believe that for a minute! Commas are really there to clarify the writer’s meaning. Here are four examples in which commas can change the meaning of the sentence.

That vs. which—Karen Peters wrote the request for proposals that was sent to vendors on Monday

and

Karen Peters wrote the request ...

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