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There appears to be a very wide spectrum of writing quality in the hubsphere. The more hubs I read from the variety of hubbers out there, the more I realize some people could use a few helpful hints. Lately I have been sending emails to hubbers with corrections. Occasionally it has occurred that there are so many corrections that I don't send the email as it would take too much time to provide all of the corrections necessary.
Here are some examples of the latest corrections I have offered to people:
"You must of loved" should be "You must have loved"
"to jump of the airplane without parachute" should be "to jump off the airplane without a parachute"
"Most guys loose hair" should be "Most guys lose hair"
"sweating in middle of night" should be "sweating in the middle of the night"
There have been a few errors that I have found that have been very common; I will list them here:
Know the difference between there, their and they're.
Know the difference between to, too and two.
Know the difference between its and it's.
Know the difference between your and you're.
Check that of and off are used correctly.
One piece of advice I have is to reread your hub three or four times before you publish it, looking specifically for the trouble words like the ones I list above or anything else that doesn't seem to read correctly.
I will fully admit that I also make mistakes when I write my hubs, however, by reading through them three or four times before I publish it, I'm fairly confident I catch 99 to 100% of the errors I had made.