The worst cover letters are littered with comma splices, you’ll be judged harshly. See? The previous sentence links two separate ideas with one comma. A comma splice links independent clauses with commas, often going on and on in a way that feels literary, but causes irritation. The full stop is your friend. It’s the best punctuation to use at the end of each complete thought or sentence.
Your vs you're
This is the mistake that probably makes you look the worst, whether you’re texting your bestie or emailing your nemesis. Keep in mind that ‘your’ does not mean ‘you are’, so common phrases like ‘you’re wonderful’ or ‘you’re an idiot’ will not land well if you use ‘your.’
And if you think your grammar doesn’t matter when posting on social media, think again.
To vs too
Are you finding it too hard to keep track of too many grammar rules? It may seem unfair to be judged too harshly on simple-to-make errors. However, the grammar quibblers are out there. Using ‘too’ when you mean ‘to’ can get you in trouble. ‘Too’ means more or very or excessively – so add an extra ‘o’ to ‘to’ when you mean ‘too.’ ‘To’ is a common, frequently used preposition. It only has one ‘o.’
If you love a grammar-based chuckle, read these 11 thesaurus jokes.
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