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Grammar Goofs #1

Many times my students ask me why they need to learn good grammar.  They seem to think unless they intend to be an English teacher or a writer (and few do), they don’t need to use grammar correctly.

I would like to present a series of examples of poor grammar, misspellings, and other errors that make the writer appear careless and unintelligent.

 

The first example comes from an online news blog , the Gateway Pundit.

 

UPDATE: Barack Obama told NBC tonight “I don’t think that we would consider (Egypt) an ally.”
(Maybe he should have thought about that before he through Mubarak under the bus!)

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/09/

Obviously, the writer meant threw instead of through.  To me, it seems that when an author makes such a basic error, he loses credibility.

 

The second example is an email that I recently recieved from my insurance agent.  Note that it is unprofessional and difficult to read.

 

GOOD STUDENT DISCOUNT

Inbox

***********@statefarm.com

Sep 11 (2 days ago)

to me

BOTH GIRLS ARE RECEIVING GOOD STUDENT DISCOUNT NOW ONE IS ON ACCORD THE OTHER ON CRV THERE IS A CHANGE IN THE SYSTEM TO EXTEND GSD ON THE CRV IF THER3E IS ANY PROBLEMS WE WILL GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU VIA EMAIL.  I ALSO NEED SOME NEW CONTACT NUMBERS, NONE OF THE PHONE NUMBERS WE HAVE ARE CORRECT.

THANKS,

BECKY

 

There is so much wrong here:

  • All capitals
  • No punctuation
  • Subject / verb agreement errors
  • Run on sentences

Wow!

If a business wants to be taken seriously, they need to pay attention to detail, and that includes using good grammar.

 

I still intend on rewriting my essay from last time.  I just thought it was time for a break from compositions.

 

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