3 Grammar Tips to Improve Your Writing



Have you ever handed in a written assignment in a university class, or submitted a business report, and afterwards found out that there were some errors in it?

In this post I want to give you three grammar tips to help your improve your writing, especially when you are writing for academic and business purposes.

I think these are guidelines that should be followed, if you want your writing to be taken seriously in academic and business settings. In other words, if you have mistakes in these areas, they will detract people from your message. When people spot your errors, they aren't focusing on your message.

(1) Start every sentence with a capital letter.
More and more, in this age of texting, I see many people who start a sentence with a lowercase letter. That might be acceptable for texting, but not for academic and business writing. If you start a sentence with a lowercase letter, your readers will probably not take your message seriously.

Wrong: there are 10 cars in the parking lot.
Correct: There are 10 cars in the parking lot.




(2) Always capitalize "I."
I can't think of any exception to this rule. It's always "I," never "i."

Wrong: i think i will go to bed now.
Correct: I think I will go to bed now.




(3) Always put a period (".") at the end of every sentence, and always put a question mark ("?") at the end of every question.

Leaving out the period at the end of a sentence, or leaving out a question mark at the end of a question are common practices in text messages. But, you will be expected to use periods and question marks in formal writing in university classes and in business settings. Again, if you don't follow this rule, your readers will focus on your mistakes instead of your message.

Wrong: Yesterday I bought a new TV
Correct: Yesterday I bought a new TV.

Wrong: How many brothers and sisters do you have
Correct: How many brothers and sisters do you have?




I hope these three tips are helpful for you. What has been your experience related to these three grammar points? I'd appreciate any feedback you might have on the tips I've presented in this post. Please comment below!

Matthew Huseby, M.A.
My Language Success LLC

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