Nobody is perfect and when it comes to grammar, many of us make a few costly mistakes.
Here are three things you may be doing wrong.
Excessively using fancy words
Fancy words are fun. We agree and they have a way of making us feel smart but that’s not a good enough reason to bombard your article with heavy words. Your writing will be clearer and more powerful if you use them sparingly. After all, you can.
Sure: sometimes a colon, semicolon, or other fancy punctuation—dashes, for example—can help you get a point across; it’s elegant and convincing.
But often, shorter sentences are better. If your writing feels weighed down by long sentences crammed with lots of punctuation, try taking out some of the extras in favour of sentences that are short and sweet.
Too many negatives
If you’re finding lots of instances of “shouldn’t,” “can’t,” “don’t,” and other variations of “not” in your writing, try to diversify by picking a verb that doesn’t require the word “not.”