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Day 26, Sunday: Something you read online. Leave a link and discuss, if you'd like.
As you should know by now, I love grammar (and spelling and punctuation). Not just any grammar (and spelling and punctuation), but correct grammar (and spelling and punctuation). If it's not correct, it has no place in my ears and eyes.
I know I'm not perfect, but I have a grasp of the basics. I mean, I am English so I should know how to use my mother tongue, right?! I often want to throw my computer out of the window when I see facebook statuses made up of a jumbled mixture of letters and numbers. Once I've deciphered the code, I tend to be disappointed with the content as it's normally about what someone has eaten for dinner. And then there are those sentences which contain absolutely no punctuation so you dont know when one bit starts and another bit ends i have no idea how people can write like that without taking a mental breath im finding it so difficult to write this and its only a couple of lines long there is no way i could go through my whole life without a few commas full stops and semicolons in my pocket for emergencies. Don't even get me started on your/you're and their/there/they're ...
My friends know how much this bothers me, and will often send me articles about the subject. A few weeks ago I noticed this article being shared on facebook.
Schools are bringing in new grammar tests for children, but there are people who say that this isn't necessary as the children are too young. I don't think children are too young to learn anything, and grammar is such a huge part of education. If you can't communicate, how do you expect to get anywhere in life?
I know language has changed over the years, and we aren't bound by such strict rules as our parents and grandparents were, but we do have to draw the line somewhere. Some things are right and some things are wrong, and if children can be taught and corrected, then I'm behind it one hundred percent. My parents would have been so embarrassed and ashamed if I'd written with such a lack of respect for the English language as so many young people nowadays do.
|http://weheartit.com/entry/48018762?pgx=NewNav (However, I would have used an Oxford comma here, but that's just me)|
The article also makes note of people who use internet dating sites, and that bad grammar is a turn off. I am part of the internet dating generation and I have read some unbelievably badly written profiles. If you can't construct a sentence, I'm afraid I won't give you the time of day. Call me harsh, but if you can't take grammar seriously, I can't trust you to take anything else seriously.
It took me a long while to understand that two negatives equalled a positive, but my dad ensured that he drummed the rule into me, and whenever I said, "I haven't done nothing," he would correct me and tell me why I was wrong. Parents don't, and some even can't, correct their children because they don't know the rules themselves. Bring these tests into schools. Teach the children how to communicate. Encourage them to be eloquent. Show them the wonders of language and how they can use it to create something beautiful.
I'll just sit here and wait for someone to come along and correct my grammar ...