The Importance of Grammar

Posted on April 25, 2014

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grammar_kiaHave you ever read something that you just could not understand, no matter how many times you re-read it? Have you ever tried to edit something and found it so hard that you have to put it down? If yes, then the problem was most likely with grammar.

The trouble with grammar is that it has so many nuances and no one has nearly enough time to memorize them all. Also, many people think grammar is unimportant. For example, if you text your friend and miss a letter or a comma, your friend will most likely understand what you meant and ignore it. On the other hand, if your boss were to see the same thing, he or she would probably understand, but may not be able to look past those errors as a friend would.

Because English is used all over the world, in schools, businesses, corporations, organizations, etc., it can be easy to let little things slide here and there, especially when speaking. But in print, everything has to be perfect. Grammar is important because noticing the difference between: “Let’s eat grandpa” and “Let’s eat, grandpa” can really save time and frustration as well as avoid any miscommunication. I’m sure you don’t really want to eat your grandpa, do you? These types of grammatical errors could prove disastrous in a company merger, or make you seem illiterate on a job application.

To avoid grammatical disasters, try reading through your work slowly and out loud. If it doesn’t sound right to your ears, then it probably isn’t. If you are really bad at grammar, try a grammar/writing boot camp. Asta Publications features an online boot camp for both aspiring writers and established writers. You can also try Grammar for Dummies, search for grammar lessons on Youtube (although be careful, as these videos are not always reliable), or browse writing websites like Purdue Owl.

Everyone learns a bit of grammar in school, but to truly identify and correct grammatical errors—well, practice makes perfect. You never know, you might catch something while you edit that could save your book, company, or even your sanity.

 

To Learn More:

Asta Publications’ Writers’ Boot Camp

https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/7622219581647519489

 

Purdue Owl

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/5/

 

Grammar Lessons via Youtube

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=grammar+lesson

 

Chauncey Watson, Writer and Editor, Asta Publications

http://www.astapublications.com

Asta Publications has a long history of helping writers tell their stories and get published. Since 2004, Asta Publications has helped hundreds of authors bring their book concepts to life and we are ready to help you too! Our dedication to our authors is unmatched. We deliver first-class products and services that are accurate, high quality, and exceed our authors’ expectations.

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