Frequently Confused WordsJanuary 26th, 2015 by Jeff Winget
So far on the blog, I’ve focused on web design and tech. I love web design and technology, and I’ve found interesting things to write about on design and technology. So, that’s really been my focus so far.
However, we at Professionally Proofed offer other services as well. One of my favorite services and most misunderstood is proofreading and editing. While getting my haircut yesterday, I told the hairdresser that I was an English teacher, and the first two things out of her mouth were the first two things that I always hear when I tell people what I do:
“Well, I’m terrible at English, and I better watch how I speak…ha ha!”
It used to upset me that people stereotyped me as this weird guy with a red pen copy editing the world, but I think I now understand where it’s coming from, and I now have thicker skin for things like that anyway–probably a by-product of age.
With that being said, I would like to do some posts about frequently misused or misunderstood aspects of the English language. This may include a series on how to quit abusing the lowly apostrophe, but I haven’t decided yet. Today, I wanted to look at a few pairs of words that are often confused and give you a tip or two for distinguishing between them in your writing. Continue reading »
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