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Why is grammar important? Grammar lays the groundwork for effective communication. Just as an improperly configured telephone wire can cause static during a
phone conversation, improper grammar can likewise affect the meaning and clarity of an intended message. Grammatical errors come in many forms and all can easily confuse and obscure meaning. Some common errors are with sentence structure, subject/verb tense, punctuation, spelling, and other basic mechanics and parts of speech. Even something as simple as a misplaced comma can completely change the meaning of a sentence. For example: Let's eat grandpa vs. Let's eat, grandpa. Grammar makes written content more readable and in turn more interesting. If it is necessary to repeatedly reword sentences while reading, the flow becomes disrupted and involvement in the story halted. How is grammar useful in the real world? Grammar skills are useful in every aspect of life from education to leadership, and social life to employment opportunities. They are equally important at home where children learn their grammatical patterns from their parents and family. This puts the next generation at an immediate disadvantage if learning incorrectly. Grammar skills are important to be an effective leader. Communication skills are indispensable to effectively give direction and provide assurance of leading ability. In addition, if continuing education is desired, grammatically correct papers will be expected from college professors. Proper grammar is also essential for understanding English as a second language as well as for learning a new language, since all languages follow grammatical patterns. With the United States being a melting pot of nationalities and foreign language speakers, hearing proper, consistent English is extremely helpful to encourage any newcomers in becoming fluent.

This, in turn, aids native English speakers in understanding other dialects as well. From persuasive papers to resumes, grammatical errors immediately take away the intended strength necessary to acquire an ally on an issue or an invitation for a job interview. In both situations, grammatical inconsistencies make influential words less poignant. While correct grammar is a valuable tool for success in many areas of life, it is not used to create a gap in the social world. It is not a tool for segregation, but a tool to opening doors by being heard and understood more clearly. While correct grammar will offer an edge in a job interview it won't be so obvious as to cause a separation from the masses in casual conversation. In conclusion, just as rules are necessary in everyday situations, grammar rules are likewise essential in everyday life for clarity of meaning and intent. From time to time I find myself getting involved in a discussion about grammar. It's always the same: on one hand we have the people who argue that good grammar is important, and on the other hand we have those who say it isn't. Here I present my reasons for good grammar being important. The purpose of good grammar is to ensure that what you write is correctly comprehended and is easy and enjoyable to read. The placement of a hyphen, comma, or apostrophe can completely change the meaning of a sentence. There were 60 odd competitors. I wonder: in what way were they odd? The thoughtful placement of a hyphen clarifies the dilemma: There were 60-odd competitors. (The competitors weren't really odd at all. ) The girls room is very untidy I wonder how many girls inhabit that room?

An apostrophe can easily clarify this: girl's room girls' room Example 3: ie or eg Confusing these two is a very popular error, but do you realise that if you use the wrong one you're actually saying something quite different to what you wanted to say? ie is an abbreviation for the Latin id est, which means that is. eg is an abbreviation for the Latin exempli gratia, which means for example. So when you are referring to something specific, you should use ie, and when you are giving an example, use eg. The deadline for this project is in two days - ie, on Thursday. the deadline is on a specific day (Thursday). Please bring something to share to the picnic - eg, some of your famous potato salad. for example, some of your world-famous potato salad. If ie had been used here, it would have meant that you have been asked specifically to bring some potato salad. Is that what was intended? The reader would have no way of knowing! How many times have you read a sentence, been confused, and had to go back and re-read it to try and figure out what it meant? Does this interrupt your flow of thought and spoil the reading experience a little (or a lot)? If the author had paid a little more attention to his or her use of grammar, it would probably have been easier to read. Who cares if my grammar is bad? The important thing is that I am able to express myself! Yes, it's important to be able to express yourself. But wouldn't it be better if you could do so in a way that people would find easy to read and understand? Writing that is poorly punctuated and/or contains grammatical errors is difficult to read and sometimes impossible to understand. If the reader has to go back and re-read a sentence several times because they are not quite sure what it means, it spoils their reading experience and they are quite likely to misunderstand the point or even to give up and not read any further.

I've survived just fine without bothering about grammar. Are you quite sure about that? Have you, perhaps, wondered why you didn't get the job that you felt you were so well suited for? Or why nobody bothers to reply to messages you post on internet bulletin boards? Or why you didn't get many responses to your personal ad? Job applications: Many employers are immediately put off when they receive a poorly written cover letter with a job application. Many will simply toss them into the big circular filing cabinet on the floor without even looking at the rest of the application. Messages: I subscribe to a few technical mailing lists, and try to help people with their problems when I am able to. But if I have a hard time understanding what the person is trying to say, I leave it and move on. I don't have time to try and decode their badly-written comments. I know I'm not the only who does this: poorly-written messages consistently receive fewer responses than well-written ones. I do make an exception for people whose native language isn't English of course - although the sad truth is that people who have learned English as a foreign language frequently have a much better grasp of English grammar than those whose native language is English. Personal ads: I've heard a comment like this several times when discussing online dating: The first thing I notice is how the profile is written. If it's badly written I move right on to the next candidate. I hope I've got my point across! Please feel free to email me and let me know if do or do not agree with my comments! pat@trackerpress. com

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