Topics: Grammar, Word, E-mail address Pages: 1 (362 words) Published: February 26, 2013
These sentences have misplaced punctuation marks. One of the main problems that arise is that proofreading errors can convey a different meaning than the intentional one. The third sentence fails to punctuate after the title of the sermon topic. This makes it seem like the second sentence flows together with the first. This is a problem because the first sentence involves a sermon topic that is a bit dark. The second sentence has a more positive feel and an invitation. The missing punctuation almost puts a negative tone on the second sentence, in my opinion. A letter or email must speak for itself, so when a misunderstanding occurs about the true meaning of the letter, a serious issue could arise in your professional life. Proofreading mistakes can also lower a writer’s creditability. By sending an email or letter with punctuation, simple grammar mistakes, and other types of proofreading errors suggests you may not respect the reader or may not have a sense of seriousness about the matter. It may show you did not spend much time on the matter. It may show you are careless or lazy. These are not good quality traits for a professional. It is important to proofread and then proofread again after writing an email or letter. Emails and letters must represent you or your company and convey a message on their own without you explaining. The letters must be clear, concise, and free of errors. Letters and emails can be copied and forwarded so it is important to recognize it is never a “casual” letter. A poorly proofread letter or email could cost you your creditability and professionalism. You want to pass the “laugh” factor. It could cost you a job or advancement opportunity. From now on, I will be extremely careful when proofreading my letters after spellcheck. Many times I just run spellcheck and look for underlined words and correct those. I then print the letter and turn it in. Many times word will not catch misused forms of words, only a human eye can...
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