Below is a list of tips that may be helpful when writing essays for shop reports. Please feel free to print and use as a reference.
Here are some words to use when you’re stuck for ideas:
Accept means "to receive." Except is usually a preposition meaning "but" or "leaving out." However, except can also be a verb meaning "to leave out." As verbs, accept and except are nearly antonyms, so the difference is important!
He accepted the gift. (He received it.)
Everyone except Bill. (All but Bill.)
A lot (two words) is an informal phrase meaning "many." Allot means "to distribute between or among." Alot does not exist as a word.
Farther is used for physical distance; further for non-physical.
The farther we walked, the more tired I became.
I will give it further thought.
Could of does not exist. Neither do should of, will of, or would of as verbs. Use could have, should have, will have, or would have.
The common expressions supposed to meaning "meant to" or "intended to" and used to meaning "formerly" are frequently misspelled or misunderstood.
We are supposed to meet at seven
We are suppose to meet at seven.
Than is a conjunction used with comparisons. It rhymes with pan. Then is an adverb that refers to time. It rhymes with pen.
He likes you more than me.
First you do the shop, then you report it.
Disinterested means "impartial" or "not taking sides." In other words, not having a personal interest at stake.
Uninterested means "not interested." In other words, not showing any interest.
Assure means to guarantee
Ensure means to make sure
Insure means to protect against loss or damage
Later means afterwards
Latter is the second of two things
The blue shirt and black slacks were nice, but the latter was less expensive
Passed is the past tense of pass. Past means a time that has gone.
The employee passed me without acknowledging me.
The employee walked past me without saying hello.
Difficult describes tasks, while hard describes objects
The test was difficult.
The table is hard.
I will try to get that done today
I will try and get that done today.
A simple test to see which is proper is to replace who/whom with he/him. If he sounds right, use who; if him is right, use whom.
Since he did it and not him did it, use who did it
Since we give something to him and not to he, use to whom.
Its is a pronoun, and it's is a contraction meaning "it is"
A tree loses its leaves in the Fall.
It’s going to be a long time before I return to that store!