In my career as an Administrative Assistant, I’ve seen some grammar mistakes that are fairly common: its vs. it’s, they’re vs. their, to vs. too. One mistake that I see all too frequently has always puzzled me. Perspective vs. Prospective.
This seems to be a fairly common mistake, and not just among the uneducated or those for whom English is not their first language. One of my bosses had a Masters degree and was one of the most educated and articulate persons I’ve ever known, and he made mistakes using perspective and prospective.
Actually, I’ve never seen anyone use prospective when they mean perspective. The common error is to use perspective when they mean prospective. I see it on the internet, in business writing, and have even seen it in magazine articles.
So here’s the dish on using the words Prospective and Perspective properly (don’t you just love alliteration):
So, next time your boss gives you a letter to proof and you see him use the term “perspective client” or anyother inaccurate use of the word perspective, correct it and give it back to him.
What other words do you regularly see used incorrectly that just drive you crazy?