Troublesome Words and Phrases: Common Usage Mistakes in Writing

Anyone who wants to refresh or refine their basic business grammar skills for any kind of business writing, from e-mail and memos to reports and presentations


Expected Duration
29 minutes

The many nuances and conventions in the English language make it diverse and interesting but sometimes difficult too. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the most common errors of usage. This course describes how to use commonly confused words correctly, including word pairs that sound alike and those that have related meanings. It also covers verbs that are often misused – for example, affect and effect or apprise and appraise. In addition, the course reviews some idiomatic combinations of verbs and prepositions that can be confusing.


Avoiding Common Usage Errors

  • identify the correct use of words from similar sounding word pairs
  • recognize the correct way to use words with similar but not identical meanings
  • recognize the correct usage of commonly misused verbs
  • identify the correct way to use commonly misused terms
  • recognize the appropriate preposition to use in given examples
  • identify the correct way to use words in given examples





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