Today we present examples of errors that can make you sound ill-educated.
Misuse of prepositions
“This is the first and most important component to problem solving.” (Source)
The natural preposition here is of: “This is the first and most important component of problem solving.”
“In total, you see about twice the number of four-year students (~11 million) than two-year (~6.5 million).” (Source)
The natural preposition here is as: “In total, you see about twice the number of four-year students (~11 million) as two-year (~6.5 million).”
Use of fun as an adjective
“East Coast Grill in Cambridge - very fun place with great seafood/bbq.” (Source)
An educated grown-up would use entertaining, enjoyable, stimulating, or the like. Even rollicking. But not fun.
Non-parallel use of not only… but also
“He’s not only funny, but also he’s intelligent.” (Source)
The correlative conjunction not only… but also must be used in a parallel construction. In the example above, it is not. One correct alternative would be “He’s not only funny but also intelligent.” For additional correct alternatives, see this page in Grammarly Handbook.
The Takeaway: Whenever you are writing something for publication – even if it’s “just” a blog – present yourself as a well-educated grown-up. Have an experienced editor read your copy; that’s what well-educated grown-ups do.