Ulla de Stricker, de Stricker Associates
Following on her piece in the January 2013 issue, Ulla de Stricker offers additional examples of common but easily avoidable errors in English language usage.
Between … to. NO – Between … and.
WRONG: Between 5 to 7 percent
If you use “between” you are committed and must use “and”!
June 1998 or June, 1998? Here’s the trick. No day, no comma. Just follow these models:
Let’s be clear on lets!
WRONG: The new system let’s us issue parking permits in mere seconds.
SOLUTION IF YOU’RE NOT SURE: Use another verb: The new system makes it possible …
MEMORY TRICK: “Let’s” (let us) is used when we are suggesting something: Let’s defer the matter to next month.
Reason is because … reason is due to … due to X reasons … Oh frog!
WRONG: The reason for the delay is because the supplier shipment is late / is due to the late supplier shipment.
TRICK: We are not frogs, so we don’t “RiBiD”. Reason, Because, Due: Pick one.
Due … or do? Just do it, the report is due soon!
WRONG: I’ll make due with what I have. The report is do Monday.
Disinterested vs. uninterested: Are you impartial, or doesn’t the subject grab you?
WRONG: I am disinterested in attending the company picnic.
PS: Same goes for disinclined vs. uninclined!