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Learn how to spot common mistakes in written English – and avoid making them!
Can you spot the mistake in the text below?
What’s the chances of a manned mission to Mars?
It could be a problem with apostrophes or a missing article, or maybe it just doesn’t make sense. It could be there’s a punctuation mark missing or a spelling mistake, or perhaps the words used don’t agree – the verb is singular but the noun is plural …
What do you think? Not sure? You need this book!
Inside you will find 60 examples of incorrect English, including the one above, adapted from genuine mistakes published in newspaper and magazine articles, advertisements, websites, and leaflets. Each example has one mistake. Your task is to find it and say what kind of mistake it is – then write the corrected version. In the
process you will improve your written English by learning to identify the common mistakes that professional writers make and that professional editors and proofreaders miss.
We all need to write to communicate with others. This book shows you how to improve your written English by avoiding the mistakes that the professionals make.
We hope that this new book will help you as you aim to make your written English:
a) clearer (and therefore more valuable to both you and your reader)
b) more impressive (making you or your company look more professional)
When you go to a supermarket you will usually see enormous signs outside the store, made from huge Perspex letters several feet high. Often they light up at night and you can see them from far and wide. You can be certain that these words will be spelled correctly – for a reason. What about your English?
Check it again! Then, if in doubt, check it again.

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