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12 Commonly Misused Words on Resumes

Do you misuse these commonly used words on your resume or any of your writing for that matter? Learn how to identify them, learn the proper words to use and discover the true definition of these words. It is very common to find mistakes like these on a resume or cover letter that was written by a person that is either not very careful about what they do or is not properly educated about homonyms and homophones.

Do You Misuse These Words?

commonly misused words on resumes This article will point out these commonly misused words and also the differences between them in both their usage and their definitions. If you don't know exactly what a word means you can't expect to use it correctly. When writing a resume it is most important to double-check all aspects of your writing from the accuracy of the facts you write, your usage of grammar and how you spell your words. A spell checker can tell you if a word is spelled incorrectly. If you use the wrong word, but it is spelled correctly the error may not be detected. Enter this article, once you know how to navigate your way through these mistakes your tendency to overlook them will be reduced. The last thing an applicant wants to do is to send in a resume that has mistakes on it. Now, on to homonyms...

Keep an Eye Out for These Words

Homonyms are words that sound the same, but have different meanings. To break it down even further we have homophones which are homonyms that also have different spellings. Then, we have homographs which are also homonyms, they have the same spelling, but have different meanings. This is how it is possible to use a correctly spelled word just not the right word. Below you will find 12 examples of common homonyms that are a great source of confusion for writers.
  1. There, Their and They're
    There refers to a location, "Go over there."
    Their is the possessive form of they, "This is their cover letter."
    They're is the contraction of they are, "They're arriving later."
  2. To, Too and Two
    To is a location, "Go to the store."
    Too means also, "She wants to go too."
    Two is a number, "Two cars are in the parking lot."
  3. It's and Its
    It's is the contraction of it is, "It's a nice day today."
    Its is the possessive form of it, "Its paint is peeling off."
  4. Your and You're
    Your indicates possession, " Where is your car?"
    You're is a contraction of you are, "You're going to the party."
  5. Then and Than
    Then tells what time something occurs, "I will pack the car, then I will go to the beach."
    Than introduces a comparison or exception, "I like candy better than cake."
  6. Accept and Except
    Accept means to receive, "I will accept the job."
    Except means to exclude something, "It is a nice day except for the rain."
  7. Threw and Through
    Threw is the past tense of throw, "He threw the ball."
    Through is a path of travel, moving into one side and exiting from the other side, "Drive through the tunnel."
  8. Hear and Here
    Hear is the act of listening, "Did you hear what I said?"
    Here is a location, "The book is over here."
  9. Are and Our
    Are means to be, "Are you all right?"
    Our means to belong to us, "Our house is white."
  10. Affect and Effect
    Affect means to influence, "A dirty air filter in a car can negatively affect gas mileage."
    Effect is a change resulting from an action, "The effect of replacing a dirty air filter is better gas mileage."
  11. Which and Witch
    Which is used to choose from a group of choices, "Which color should I paint the room?"
    Witch is generally thought of as a woman who casts evil spells, "The witch flew away on her broom."
  12. Know and No
    Know refers to possessing information in one's mind, "I know how to get to the market."
    No is a negative response to a question, "No, I don't want to wash the dishes."
As one can see from these examples it can be very easy to mix up these words when using them on your resume and cover letter. It is critical to do your best to verify that you write the words that convey what you actually mean. This article can be a step in the right direction. It is always helpful to have someone other than yourself proofread your writing. Apply these same grammar rules to your cover letter and any other job related letters as well. And don't forget about the spelling! It's great to use the correct words so don't fail by misspelling them. And finally if you are interested in more grammar rules we have a page about that too.