Have you ever wished for a sweet grammar infographic that would give you easy-to-understand tips on using some of the most confusing word pairs in the English language?
Or is a grammar infographic one of those things you didn’t know you needed until someone gave you one?
Crazy-Making Word Pairs
Some words and word pairs make me crazy because I can’t remember how to use them. Whose, anyone?
Some word pairs bug me when other people misuse them, especially on resumes (where you’re supposed to be perfect, right?).
Is it Affect or Effect? Who’s or Whose?
I’ve always squirmed when people misuse affect and effect on resumes. It happens a LOT.
And then there’s the whole Who/That Conundrum, which is totally superseded by the Who’s/Whose Mystery.
Why Does Proper Word Usage Matter?
If you’re looking for a job and asking someone to read your resume, you get a limited amount of their bandwidth.
Do you want them marveling at the impact you had on your company or do you want them asking themselves, “Is that how you use whose? I can never remember. I’m going to Google that right now!”
Then poof, they’ve clicked away from your resume. And they want a cup of coffee. Then they realize it’s time for them to go to lunch. When they get back, they have meetings.
Now your poor resume is just an open tab on a minimized screen on their computer. All because you sparked a question in their minds that had Nothing. To. Do. With. You.
Don’t be that person. Be like me (see below).
The Grammar Infographic
I’m hanging onto this grammar infographic for LIFE because it does a brilliant job of explaining how to use ten of the most confusing word pairs in the English language.
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