Business English Course
Correct: Ten people have resigned this year.
Correct: This year 10 people have resigned.
Explanation: Don't start a sentence with a number. If you must, express the number in words.
Incorrect: A good source of information are newspapers.
Correct: A good source of information is newspapers.
Explanation: Keep a close eye on the real subject. In the above example "source" is the subject not "newspapers".
Incorrect: Management have decided to reject the offer.
Correct: Management has decided to reject the offer.
Explanation: Words such as "management" are treated as singular even though they represent more than one object.
Incorrect: They only deal with small sized companies, typically 20 employees or less.
Correct: They only deal with small sized companies, typically 20 employees or fewer.
Explanation: Use "less" for uncountable quantities (time for example). Use "fewer" with countable quantities (employees, apples etc...)
Incorrect: I have over five years of experience.
Correct: I have more than five years of experience.
Explanation: Use "more than" to refer to quantities. "Over" means "above".
Incorrect: Who did you speak to?
Correct: Whom did you speak to?
Explanation: "Who" is used for subjects and "Whom" for objects.
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