Jesus drove a Honda but didn’t talk about it, “For I did not speak of my own accord” -John 12:49
|—||John Green (via worldnspins)|
These are the ones that can ruin your credibility as a writer and a blogger.
1. Fewer vs. less
Unforgivable: There are less days in February than in March.
Correct: There are fewer days in February than in March.
Use fewer when referring to things that can be counted — for example, “She ate fewer cupcakes tonight than she did last night.” Use less when referring to amounts that cannot be counted, or volumes: “The cupcakes had less frosting yesterday.”
2. Affect vs. effect
Unforgivable: Our services will have a positive affect on your business.
Correct: Our services will have a positive effect on your business.
While affect and effect can be both be used as a noun and a verb, the rule of thumb for common usage is affect as a verb and effect as a noun. In the example above, the effect is the result of the services. In the sentence, “Our services can affect how customers see your business,” affect is to produce an effect upon, or to influence.
3. Pronoun/antecedent disagreement
Unforgivable: If you hire a professional copywriter, make sure they know how to write.
Correct: If you hire a professional copywriter, make sure she knows how to write.
In the above sentences, copywriter is singular. So the pronoun should be singular, as well. Many people avoid gender-specific pronouns, but all too often, that just leads to bad grammar. The correct choices including using “he or she,” picking either he or she and sticking to that gender throughout the copy, or using a plural antecedent (which is the noun to which the pronoun refers): “When hiring copywriters, make sure they know how to write.”
Unforgivable: Are you on Goggle+?
Correct: Are you on Google+?
Be sure to proofread your work. Misspelling the name of a company, a website or a person is a sign of sheer laziness.
5. It’s vs. its
Unforgivable: The pizza became famous for it’s unique flavors and toppings.
Correct: The pizza became famous for its unique flavors and toppings.
This is a common mistake because technically, it’s follows the rule of using an apostrophe to convey possessives (for example, the pizza’s flavor). But an apostrophe is only used for the contraction of it is or it has: “It’s the best pizza ever!”
6. Misuse of the semicolon
Unforgivable: I love to write; but I hate using semicolons.
Correct: I love to write; I hate using semicolons.
Semicolons can get confusing, so rather than make an unforgivable mistake, I tend to avoid them whenever possible. Use a semicolon to connect two related independent clauses without a conjunction, or within a complex series: “I’ve lived in Waukegan, Ill.; Alameda, Calif.; and Bartlett, Tenn.” Do not use a semicolon with a conjunction (and, but, for, or, so, nor, yet).
7. Alot vs. a lot
Unforgivable: Alot of people make this mistake.
Correct: A lot of people make this mistake.
Alot is not a word!
Unforgivable: His favorite colors are red, blue and green. My favorite colors are yellow, purple, and pink.
Correct: His favorite colors are red, blue and green. My favorite colors are yellow, purple and pink.
All four of the above sentences are actually right, but the top two are inconsistent because the second sentence uses the Oxford comma and the first does not. Don’t use the Oxford comma in one sentence and leave it out the next. Don’t spell out ten in the first paragraph and write 10 in the last. Writing rules change depending on what style of writing you follow (Chicago Manual or Associated Press), but whatever style you use, be consistent throughout your copy.
9. Poorly cited stats and quotes
Unforgivable: Women make up 97 percent of Pinterest users.
Correct: According to AppData, women make up 97 percent of Pinterest users.
Back up statistics and quotes by letting your readers know where you got the information. If you can, provide a link back to the exact Web page where you found the data. Failure to prove where you got your facts will just make your content weaker.
10. Then vs. than
Unforgivable: I enjoy sitting much better then running.
Correct: I enjoy sitting much better than running.
Than is used for comparisons, while then is used to refer to a point in time or “in addition to.” For example: “Back then, I was strong enough to run a marathon. Now, my body and health are different than they used to be.”
11. Lose vs. Loose
Unforgivable: If you loose your keys again, I’m not letting you in.
Correct: If you lose your keys again, I’m not letting you in.
Lose is a verb, and loose is most commonly used as an adjective. Use loose when referring to something that doesn’t fit or isn’t secure, such as loose pants or loose attachments. Loose can also be used as a verb — for example, “loose a knot” — but in these cases, loosen is a more common word.
12. Stolen content
This one isn’t really a mistake, but rather just plain wrong. Never steal and use content that isn’t yours and play it off as your own work. Not only is that theft — it’s copyright infringement. Write original, informative content, and always proofread your work.
a passionate physical and emotional love based on aesthetic enjoyment; stereotype of romantic love
a love that is played as a game or sport; conquest; may have multiple partners at once
an affectionate love that slowly develops from friendship, based on similarity
love that is driven by the head, not the heart
obsessive love; experience great emotional highs and lows; very possessive and often jealous lovers
selfless altruistic love; spiritual
For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him but also to suffer for His sake.
Quick word study of “granted”.
Via Strong’s Greek Dictionary, G5483: charizomai:
- to grant as a favor, that is, gratuitously, in kindness, pardon or rescue: - deliver, (frankly) forgive, (freely) give, grant.
Guys, the Philippian church was given the gift of suffering for Christ’s sake. It is a gift and no burden.
Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach. For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.
|—||Isaiah 49:2 [1611 KJV]|
So upon musing over Jesus’ fulfillment of the law by his death - that is, the upholding of the Ten Commandments while condemning the need for circumcision and other such sacraments - it hit me that Jesus came partly to reform the church. We often think of the Reformed church as Luther’s church, with regards to his 95 Theses nailed to the door of Catholicism. Even before Luther, though, Jesus had to set the Pharisees straight in their undue love for regulation rather than salvation. He was slain by the same men. The law was written for love and protection, but humans love to bend laws to their own ends. To live in Jesus, we must follow his path and die inwardly to the law’s misuse. We cannot claim justification in the law to judge and turn away others. Rather, we must love one another unconditionally and hold each other accountable to allow the Spirit to compel repentance.
The Greatest Commandment
34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
|—||Ephesians 2:14-18 [NIV]|