Writing: English language

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For now, we mainly work with engineers whose first language is Russian. Here are common mistakes we see among them, including real-world examples. We believe this list should be applicable for people with other mother tongues as well.

  • Typos

  • Singular vs plural

    • "3 LeetCode problem" -> "3 LeetCode problems"

  • Spelling

    • "recomendations" -> "recommendations"

  • Articles

    • "Solve problem Reverse Nodes in k-Group" -> "Solve the Reverse Nodes in k-Group problem"

    • "Conduct interviewing.io coding interview" -> "Conduct an interviewing.io coding interview" or "Conduct one interviewing.io coding interview"

  • Prepositions

    • "Read through 3 chapters via the CCI book" -> "Read through 3 chapters of the CCI book"

  • Missing words

    • "Record a video and share on Telegram" -> "Record a video and share it on Telegram"

  • Verb tenses

    • "I founded one mistake" -> "I found one mistake"

  • Correct word order

    • "Read the Grokking the System Design 1 lecture" -> "Read 1 lecture of the Grokking the System Design" or "Read the Grokking the System Design (1 lecture)"

  • Punctuation.

    • Some people write a list of phrases in the resume without using dashes or bullet points.

    • Long phrases in bullet points don’t need a dot at the end, but if it’s a sentence without a bullet point use a dot.

  • Casing

    • Start all bullet points with an uppercase letter.

    • "software engineer" mentioned as a job title -> "Software Engineer" mentioned as a job title

    • "Senior Software engineer" -> "Senior Software Engineer"

  • Extra spacing

    • "Solve the Wild Card Matching problem" -> "Solve the Wild Card Matching problem"