• Wed, Oct 31 2012

The Scariest Grammar Mistakes In Professional Emails

More than two thirds of salaried jobs require a significant amount of written work, making written communication a key skill among professionals. But, for some professionals, even basic communication such as a professional email may be difficult to master.

In honor of the spookiest day of the year, Grammarly CEO Brad Hoover polled more than 2,200 people on the “scariest” writing issue that they typically see in professional emails. The results are frightening:

  • 24% of respondents cited spelling errors, while 20% cited a lack of grammar;
  • 18% of respondents cite a combination of spelling and grammar errors;
  • 7% of respondents mention that misuse of words (such as quite instead of quiet, they’re instead of their, etc.) are the scariest mistakes in professional emails;
  • 5% said that run-on sentences are the scariest; and
  • 3% cite apostrophe errors, while 2% cite lack of greeting or salutation.

Another terrifying tidbit? Experts estimate that low literacy costs the American economy $225 billion a year in lost productivity.

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  • Brianna Smith

    Awesome – love Grammarly! Always doing such interesting things to stay top-of-mind; good strategy.

  • ADL

    I love the internet, I really do, but I blame it for the spread of grammar mistakes. One person’s mistake can be picked up and passed around like a virus. This is the scariest example: I see otherwise great writers saying, “I didn’t have that good of a time,” or, “it was that great of a problem.” I’d happily set fire to any job application containing that one. It is that great a problem.