Typical Errors – Part I
There are common errors that manage to make it into our written work. We investigated a few of them and came up with a list for you.
The most common errors and mistakes made when writing
When do I use “less” or “fewer”? This is actually fairly simple. Use “fewer” when you talk about something numerically quantifiable, i.e. “two pounds or fewer”. Use “less” when you talk about a matter of degrees, i.e. “I am less concerned about the price of rice in China.”
Words that sound the same aren’t the same. Principle and Principal, Advice and Advise, Accept and Except – each pair sounds the same but has entirely different meanings. Principle is a noun meaning “rule”, Principal can be a noun or an adjective, depending on usage, and means either an important person, such as “the principal of the firm”, or refers to a sum of money, as in “principal and interest”
The key here is that you will need to memorize the correct word and, in case of doubt, check a dictionary. Your spell checker will typically not pick up if you confused a word. Additionally, you can always google for “commonly confused words” to get some help.
When writing SEO texts: Keyword capitalization doesn’t matter, even if the client provided all lower case words. Search engines do not differentiate based on capitalization.
We will continue this topic with another brief article entitled “Typical Errors Part II”.Image by Flickr user *_Abhi_*