S2E5: Common Mistakes in Business(Part 1)

S2E5: Common Mistakes in Business (Part 1)

Before we begin there is a little bit of vocabulary to go through:

  • ‘Shed some light’, to explain, to reveal, to clarify.
  • Merger (noun) a combination of two things, especially companies, into one.

It’s important to remember – we all make mistakes. In life, in language and, of course, in business. This lesson, however, will shed some light on some of the most common email mistakes and, therefore, prevent you from making them.

Affect vs Effect

Here’s the first thing to remember: affect is a verb and effect is a noun.

Affect refers to the influence something (or someone) has over you. For example:

The business will be affected by the merger.

In this sentence the speaker is saying that the recent merger will be felt by all the employees.

Effect, however, refers to the result of a particular influence.

For example, the merger has had a huge effect on the business. / The merger has had no real effect on the business. Our sales are still very low.  

In the sentences, the speaker is explaining what the merger has resulted in for the company.

It’s important to know the difference between ‘affect’ and ‘effect’. Using it incorrectly makes you look like an amateur. A simple way of differentiating them is:

Affect = Influence. / Effect = Result.

The next phrase people mistake is ‘As per’.

First, let’s look at an example. ‘The boss said she’s going to be late for the meeting, as per’ or ‘as per, the boss is going to be late for the meeting.’

It’s important to use this phrase in the right way. ‘As per’ means in the usual or habitual way. So, in the sentence the speaker is indicating that the boss is normally/usually late. An informal way of saying this is ‘as usual’.  

The final example of this lesson is ‘borrow and lend’.

This is one of the most common mistakes even made by native language speakers. So it’s important to distinguish between the two verbs.

‘Borrow’ means to take and use (something belonging to someone else) with the intention of returning it. For example: ‘Can I borrow your book?’

When ‘lend’ means to grant someone the use of something on the understanding that it will be returned. For example: ‘I would happily lend you my book.’

So, in short the person that lends is the person that gives, the person that borrows is the person that receives.
Here is just some of the common mistakes used in Business Emails. Head over to episode 6, we will discuss the rest.