Poor writing skills are often the quickest way to damage your credibility with clients.
Every email and proposal that you and your team send out is, hopefully, elegantly written, professional and with apostrophes all in the right places.
This ten question grammar test will help you to spot any weaknesses and put them right. The answers and a brief explanation of the grammar rule can be found by clicking on Answers button below.
You need to check your there, their and there’s
It’s with an apostrophe shows you that there’s an ‘I’ missing, it is.
There’s no ‘i’ missing here, this one really irritates writers and pedants.
Agreement; the ‘results’ has to agree with ‘are’
Agreement again, it sounds odd but it’s either ‘this kind’ or ‘these kinds’.
It can’t be fairly unique, this is a contradiction – oxymoron to you English grads out there.
‘Shall’ is old fashioned in this context check your writing for overly stuffy vocabulary.
Agreement again, if you say it out loud, ‘there is too many people..’ it sounds wrong, the apostrophe can fool us into thinking it’s correct.
The original sentence doesn’t make it clear who is moving to the display team, proposals, in particular can have ambiguous phrases in them that can lead to big misunderstandings with clients. Repeating the name is better than not expressing yourself clearly. The primary goal of any written communication is to express not impress as Mrs Broomhead, my old English teacher, was fond of telling me.
Turn on your grammar checker and ask a colleague to cast an eye over your written communication. You can find some really helpful material in a book called ‘Eats shoots and leaves’ by Lynn Truss - a brilliant book to help you with grammar and punctuation.
Not bad, check to see if your errors fall into the same category and look at where your blind spots are.
A grade students, well done.
I’m guessing that you have an English A’Level or that English is your second language and you have had learn a lot of grammar rules the hard way. If you are wondering why your colleagues found this so tricky perhaps you could lend them a hand.