In my Which Word? article I discussed commonly mis-used words.
Recent questions from clients have focused around when and how to use these words correctly.
The simplest words can often be the most confusing to use in the correct context.
Here are examples of when to use some of our confusing words.
|Your||Here is your copy of the report.|
|You're||I hope you're feeling better.|
|Affect||This decision will affect the outcome of the elections.|
|Effect||I don't think it will have any effect on the outcome.|
|Its||The coach will be able to help the team to achieve its goals.|
|It's||It's going to be a relaxing holiday.|
|Piece||Would you like a piece of cake?|
|Peace||Our aim is to bring about peace.|
|Council||The local council clean up will take place on Tuesday.|
|Counsel||Sue will be able to counsel you on the best action to take.|
|There||Place the bags over there.|
|Their||This is their first visit to Australia.|
|They're||They're visiting Sydney and then going to Brisbane.|
|Quite||It's quite cold today.|
|Quiet||This is a quiet location.|
|Advice||She gave good advice.|
|Advise||I'd advise you to go a different way.|
|To||Karen is going to the city.|
|Too||I'm feeling hungry too.|
|Two||David has two siblings.|
|Practice||The law practice is located in Sydney.|
|Practise||The best way to improve your speaking skills is to practise.|
Benefits for you
There are benefits in being aware of the confusing words in the English language.
When you check what you have written you are:
- More likely to pick up these common errors ensuring their mis-use are no longer a distracter for your clients and colleagues
- Able to present yourself and your business in a professional manner.
For more tips on how to use words well, check out: