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The most common writing mistakes people make

Writing mistakes

Writing mistakes happen. These are the most common:

A vs. an

I came across this writing mistake in almost every document I read last week—of any kind.

(In 2012, Writers Digest mentioned this as a rookie mistake that could cost you dearly.)

Here is help.

A before consonants, an before vowels, right? Sort of.

The rule is: A before words that start with a consonant sound, an before words that start with a vowel sound.

Vowels are the letters a,e,i,o, and u (for our very young learners).

Example:

A unique look (unique sounds like it starts with “y”)
I will be there in under an hour (hour sounds like it starts with “ow”)
A cat
An invitation
A unanimous decision (unanimous sounds like it starts with “y”)

An undisputed decision

Have fun writing and correcting those mistakes!

The Hanna Smith Agency
www.thehannasmithagency.com

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