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Thursday, August 6, 2015
Is Grammar Obsolete?
I belong to several writers' groups. In nearly all of them a debate simmers below the surface: Does grammar matter? The Pros' argument goes along these lines: Of course it matters. It's part of the craft. Punctuation changes the meaning of sentences. Poor spelling and improper word use stops a reader from becoming engrossed in the story. The Cons' argument follows this tact: It doesn't matter if you use the wrong to or your. The reader will figure it out. Grammar Nazis are just snobby. Grammer is obsolete. I write and speak just fine, thank you very much. So I culled some examples of error from a few different sources, including, but not limited to some of these writing groups. This is just a casual culling from one afternoon. I am not attributing anything so as not to embarrass and have changed any identifying words for the same reason. I have left the errors exactly as they appeared.
They were to philosophy what an American Team were to ...
Don't move to quick
The human brian
Math lab busted
It has always bothered me the idea ...
If a man needs rewarded ...
Kindness is it's own reward
For each and every authors ...
It is a fantastic story how a woman falls in love when she less expect and he can’t let his ex-girlfriend go, they try to resist to find and accept that they are made for each other.
There is a mystery involving them, they don’t understand why they keep running into each other, but they are determined to find out.
Our black hairs blues eyes grandbaby is here.
Ok, so by the examples above, not unusual, or chosen for being especially bad, what do you think? I think we need to pay a little more attention to communicating what we actually mean.