I came across this excellent article from Ragan Communications that outlines 37 of the most common writing errors. It still shocks me so much to see the things that trip people up! Contractions are my biggest pet peeves. Between the your instead of you’re and its instead of it’s, it drives me crazy.
But what truly is the most appalling is that people don’t seem to have any interest in trying to be good writers. Don’t they realize it makes them look unintelligent? Even if they are very smart people, a grammatical error or punctuation problem can make a person look dumb.
I am fully committed to helping my students realize that in spades this semester. I never want them to make a sour impression on their professors, future employers, internship supervisors or friends.
By the way, have you ever missed any of these 37 rules?