This page is for anyone who keeps making these simple, problematic errors. Learn this stuff!! It is not presented in any particular order.
- A woman is one person. Women means two or more people.
- Defiantly is not the same as definitely. Take the ‘ly’ off to see that the two words are different.
- A collage is something you make by blending images, but college is a place you go to learn.
- Know the difference between are and our.
- A story is not the same as a book. A book may tell a story, but a story is not a book; it’s a story. It has to do with length.
- Zipper is a noun. (My coat has a zipper). Zip is a verb. (I zip up my coat, she zips, they zipped). We do not say I can’t zipper this.
- Italicize titles on the Web.
- Don’t underline any text on the Web; your reader will think they’re seeing a hyperlink and be annoyed with you when they realize it’s not a link.
- We NEVER write should of, would of, could of. It is always should have, would have, could have, or should’ve, would’ve, could’ve (avoid these clunky contractions, though).