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For most native English speakers, most of us don’t even blink an eye when writing a note to a friend, writing a blog post or submitting a proposal. However, you would be surprised at the number of run-on sentences, poor spelling and other grammatical errors that I continue to come across on the Internet.
Poor grammar style can (and often is) viewed as more than just a silly mistake. In a business world that is becoming increasingly dependent upon the Internet for conveying ideas, information, products and services, grammar errors such as leaving letters off of words, mistaking “their” for “there” and other faux pas can put a serious dent in your credibility and may wind up costing you valuable business. This is almost certain on webpages where there is a combination of several grammatical errors combined with poor SEO design.
Learning English All Over Again
Most of us who have been using the Internet for some time now can almost immediately tell the difference between someone who is a native speaker of English and is just making silly grammar mistakes versus a non-native English speaker who used some sort of translation software to turn their native language into English.
As a word to the wise, if you are a non-native English speaker and/or if you are a native speaker of English who is perhaps not as strong in the area of writing, it is always advised to have several eyes look over your work. CEOs, higher tier executives and others who are in powerful positions never fail to have someone look over their shoulder before giving a speech, creating a campaign or throwing together a marketing strategy.
Don’t be that guy that everyone secretly points their finger at and whispers about how they can’t type a sentence to save their life. Instead, use your resources, take out a few books and/or enlist the help of a professional for the short term to help you brush up on your English writing skills. Communication on the Internet is vital to the success of so many businesses; and the last thing you want is for your company’s message to get lost due to a few missing apostrophes, commas, periods or misinterpreted homonyms.