Grammar: Some Good “Advice”

One of the surest ways to lose credibility with your audience is to pepper your PowerPoint slides with spelling and grammatical mistakes.

I am constantly amazed by presentations with such shortcomings, especially ones by native English speakers.  If your own presentations are sloppy, why should I expect that you will handle my business any differently?

So today we start a new series about grammar and vocabulary.  From time to time, I will post short articles highlighting some of the common mistakes that I have seen on presentation slides, and how to avoid them.Today I have some good advise – I mean “advice” – for you.

Too often, people confuse the words “advise” and “advice”. The former is the verb; the latter is the noun. Yet I have often seen sentences like this:

  • We provide timely and quality advise.
  • Let us advice you.

Of course, the sentences should be written as follows:

  • We provide timely and quality advice.
  • Let us advise you.

Remember this tip and leave your audiences impressed with your advice.

Photo courtesy of Hiroaki Maeda
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About John Zimmer

International speaker, presentation skills expert, lawyer, improv performer
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5 Responses to Grammar: Some Good “Advice”

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  2. Gabriela says:

    I am thrilled, finally someone says it out loud. Yes, please, let me hear more about grammar. I am looking forward to reading more about it.

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  3. Another big problem is affect and effect.
    People must understand that the effect of poor grammar in a PowerPoint will affect the decisions others make about you.

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