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09/14/2015

Commonly Misused Words & Phrases

Make your writing more professional by avoiding these common mistakes.
  1. And also Call the Department of Redundancy Department on this one. One or the other will often suffice.
  2. He/she is a clunky way to avoid gender bias in writing. Alternate he or she or pluralize (where appropriate).
  3. On account of Just use because.
  4. And/or Unless you are writing a legal brief or opinion, you can get away with using one or the other.
  5. Had ought or hadn't ought. The auxiliary had is not necessary.
  6. Only Placement is important with this word. It should come immediately before what it quantifies. Do you mean "He only kicked that ball ten yards" or do you mean "He kicked that ball only ten yards."?
  7. As to whether Using whether alone is sufficient.
  8. Interesting Here is one of the most boring words in the English language. Show why something is interesting instead of just saying that it is.
  9. Orientate We never orientate, but always orient or become oriented. The same goes for administrate- we administer a project.
  10. Basically, essentially, totally These words do not add anything to the sentence. Try taking them out and see how much better it sounds.
  11. Being that or being as These are poor substitutes for the standard because.

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