Proofreading is an essential skill for all administrative support personnel. In addition to spelling and typos, you also need to be looking for proper word usage. In a previous post, I talked about confusing the words Prospective and Perspective. Today I have another pair of words that I often find misused.
I must admit to using these two incorrectly on occasion in every day speech, many of us do. However, in writing, especially professional and business writing, these two words should never be used interchangeably.
The word “easier” is an adjective and should be used to modify a noun. For example:
In both examples, the word “easier” is used to modify the noun “route”.
The word “easily” is an adverb. Adverbs are used to modify verbs and sometimes adjectives. For example:
In both examples, the word “easily” is modifying the verb “prepared”.
Remember, when you are proofreading documents, you need to not only look for typos and misspellings, but also correct word usage. So don’t get these two words confused when writing and proofreading documents.