Business Grammar

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Using proper business grammar is one way to set yourself apart from other executives who are too lazy to edit their writing. By taking the time to re-learn basic rules of usage, you'll ensure that your letters, promotional copy, e-mails, and memos are all grammatically correct. This may seem trivial to some, especially those in manufacturing-related industries, but that's not necessarily the case.

A poorly worded or edited sign might appear to be nothing more than a silly gaffe--something that all businesses make from time to time. Of course, small errors and oversights say something crucial about your organization. Namely, if you're too lazy (or worse, ignorant) to use proper business grammar in something small like a flier or phonebook ad, how will you approach bigger tasks such as your clients' work?

Good Business Grammar Denotes Professionality

By editing your writing for common errors such as non-standard usage, agreement problems, spelling mistakes, and more, you give your prospective customers every assurance that you're meticulous enough to handle their business. An eye for detail when constructing sentences suggests you'd exercise similar care while repairing your customers' cars, selling their homes, or standing up for them in court. The argument that everybody uses poor business grammar so it makes no difference is a poor one.

The rules of business grammar aren't tough to learn. If you've built a company from scratch, secured capital, formulated a business plan, hired employees, and acquired customers, learning proper punctuation and style points is easy. Even if you're "just" an employee at someone else's company, taking the time to master good grammar and use it in your writing is one way to get recognition as a mindful worker, which is rarely a bad thing.


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