A command of the language is a competence that a writer must possess. When words are misspelled in queries and manuscripts it’s a big red flag, needless to say. Not only is it interrupting the flow of your work because they stand out, but also shows the work may not have been proofread carefully enough. Misnomers are worrisome as they suggest that you may not have a good enough understanding of the dexterity needed to be a writer.
Words that commonly stand out in queries and manuscripts:
- Chose vs. Choose – Chose is past tense and choose is present tense.
- Peaked vs. Piqued – You can pique interest but not peak it.
- Drier vs. Dryer – A dryer is a type of electrical appliance for clothes and hair. Drier is a comparative adjective.
- Than vs. Then – Than is a comparison, while then is a description of time.
- Averse vs. Adverse – Averse is a dislike or opposition of a person’s attitude, for example. Adverse is an unfavourable or hostile attitude to events, conditions or places–not people.
- Accurate vs. Precise – You can be accurate without being precise. Accurate denotes being close to a measurement and precise means a high degree of exactitude.
- As regards vs. In regard to – These are often confused. ‘As regards to our correspondence on…’ is acceptable; however, it is never ‘in regards to’ only ‘in regard to’.
- E.g. vs. I.e. – For example vs. In other words
Never assume you are right, always fact check.
Q: What are your grammar pet peeves?