Business English Course

Incorrect: 10 people have resigned this year.

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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