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Your Invited!

If you see something wrong with that title please keep reading. If you do not see anything wrong with that title PLEASE keep reading!

I received two invitations the other day with that title at the top. One from a reputable (not so much anymore in my book) computer/electronics store and one from a new neighbor who was throwing an open house for the latest in-home-party product. Those certainly aren’t the only examples I’ve seen of this egregious grammatical error, but I wanted to keep this post short.

Now, I can understand messing up word usage if you are in a hurry typing an email, IM, or text. However, making that kind of mistake on a document that is representing your company or will be handed to numerous people is just plain unacceptable.

Even as I type this, MS Word is highlighting the title with a little green squiggly line indicating that I messed up somehow. So why does it happen? In this day and age of spell check, grammar check, proofreading, and intelligent people, why does this kind of obvious, and might I add painful to read, grammar error go unchecked? Is it laziness? Do people just not care about proper grammar use anymore? Maybe we’ll never know.

So, in case you have forgotten your basic grammar classes from junior high here is a quick reminder:

Your = possessive form of you – I like your shirt.
You’re = contraction of you and are – You’re the best cook!

If that doesn’t help, please feel free to check out a multitude of websites, including;
http://www.wikihow.com/Use-You’re-and-Your
http://www.thegrammarpro.net/
http://dictionary.reference.com/

Your reputation and possibly your company’s reputation is your responsibility. You’re in control to make sure you’re using proper grammar at all times. Use a grammar check program, have someone you trust proofread for you (see The Grammar Pro link above), and/or read it aloud and see if it sounds correct. If you don’t do it for yourself, please do it for me. These types of mistakes are just too painful to read!

Oh, and don’t even get me started on people misusing the pronouns I and me!

><(("> Julie Silbar

Julie is a ><((“> Friend of Catch Your Limit, a management and marketing firm with offices in Tallahassee, Florida and Richmond, Virginia. To contact Julie email her at julie.silbar@redlion.com or to learn more about Catch Your Limit, visit www.catchyourlimit.com.


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