Poor punctuation, as with poor spelling and poor grammar, can damage your credibility and, therefore, affect your persuasiveness as a writer. Take care with the following punctuation marks.
As you know, English has a dreadful lot of homonyms — words that sound, and even look the same, but have different meanings. While this makes it a great language for puns and word games, it also makes it hard to know when to choose the right word, and it's easy to trip up!
To, too, and two are examples. Here are the differences between these three little words.
Affect and effect are very similar words, and often confused. But they have quite significant differences; one is a verb, and the other is a noun!
English is a confusing language, even for those of us who have grown up speaking it! Many words sound and look similar, and spelling them often is completely counter-intuitive.
Then and than are two words that often trip people up — there is only one letter difference between them, after all! But they have quite different meanings. WARNING: COURSE LANGUAGE FOLLOWS.