When it comes to email mistakes, research has shown that misspelled errors are at the top of the mistakes people make. Whether they just didn’t know how to spell the word or got tripped up by a tiny phone keyboard, people sending emails misspelled words more than they made any other error.
That however isn’t the only error that was made. Here are the other most frequent e-mail errors.
it could be that the email format tends to make people lazy when it comes to grammar, not starting sentences with a capital letter is believed to be the fifth most common error. While an error like this might slide in a text message, you should follow capitalization rules when e-mailing, especially in a professional setting.
Using passive voice
The general consensus among grammarians is that active voice produces stronger writing than passive voice. While the active voice uses a regular subject-verb format, the passive voice uses a form of “to be” and a past participle of a verb.
For example: “These e-mail errors were made by Grammarly users” (passive) instead of “Grammarly users made these email errors” (active). Of course, sometimes using passive voice is the appropriate choice, because it just makes more sense. “A word is spelled wrong in this e-mail” just flows better than “The person who wrote this e-mail spelled a word wrong.”
Using Same Words Repeatedly
While it’s not a grammatical “error,” a lack of linguistic variety as the second most frequent e-mail gaffe of the year. Using the same word several times will make your writing look redundant.
If you find yourself typing the same word over and over, seek out synonyms for the word, or rephrase the sentence so that you don’t need to use it.
The third most common error is the use of “vague,” “bland” words: words like “nice,” “good,” or “fine.” To be fair, if you’re sending a quick e-mail, the eloquence of your vocabulary probably isn’t the first thing on your mind, but when it comes to formal emails, you should pay more attention to your vocabulary.
Now this one’s a true error. Especially if it’s the recipient’s name that is misspelled, this type of error in an e-mail can immediately decrease your credibility. This is a major mistake made by a lot of people on resumes and cover letters