Tag Archives: Clear and concise writing

As of

“As of” is a little phrase but I have a lot to say about it. Although it is very common in business writing it can create ambiguity if used incorrectly. Ambiguity is caused by the fact that “as of” has … Continue reading

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“Base on”, “based on”, “on the basis of” etc

These phrases seem to cause no end of trouble! Base on Mistakes with this arise from incorrectly translating the Polish verb opierać. Look at the example below: Klimatolodzy opierają się na symulacjach tworzonych na komputerach. You CANNOT translate this as: … Continue reading

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Regards and respect

I regularly see mistakes with phrases using the words “regards” or “respect”. There are several of these phrases in English, but they are easily confused and mixed up. For example, phrases like in respect to and with regards to are incorrect. Here … Continue reading

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“According to…” and “in accordance with…”

Although these phrases are often used interchangeably they have slightly different meanings, so we should be careful how we use them. “According to…” is usually used when you restate something someone told you or something you have heard or read … Continue reading

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Out of office messages

People often make mistakes in their automatic out of office messages. This can make a bad impression, especially if there are basic spelling or grammar mistakes – which is often the case, as such messages tend to be written at … Continue reading

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How to use the word “account” (part 2)

Meanings of “account” As I said in the previous post, the word “account” can mean a variety of things. Below is a list of common meanings and uses of the word. As a noun a bank account a record of … Continue reading

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How to use the word “account” (part 1)

The word “account” can mean a variety of things, depending on the context in which it is used. It also has many idiomatic uses. As a result, if not used with great care, the word can cause ambiguity and make … Continue reading

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