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If you don’t choose your words carefully, you might [loose] your credibility.

 

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If you don’t choose your words carefully, you might [lose] your credibility.

 

Misspelled word:

Who said English spelling was consistent?

 

Choose rhymes with snooze, but loose rhymes with noose.

 

Similarly, chose rhymes with toes, but lose rhymes with choose.

 

Got that?

 

Here’s another example:  Although read (as in “I will read a book”) rhymes with seed, and read (as in “Yesterday I read a book”) rhymes with red, lead (as in “I will lead a movement”) rhymes with seed, and led (as in “Yesterday I led a movement”) rhymes with said.

 

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See Error Checklist for a compilation of 75 common writing errors.

For more exercises in identifying common errors,
take the M.B.A. exam and
the Punctuation and Grammar Challenges.