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March 3, 2015
Grammar: Why We Should Use It and What It Can Do For Our Lives Grammar is very important for many people in the world, including me. It is in both spoken and written language, daily life, and places we least expect it to be–like jobs. Grammar is significant to those who write and speak on a continual basis, as in the writing and business professions. Sometimes job applicants will not acquire employmentbecause of their grammatical inaccuracy. Although it is beneficial, people think grammar is insignificant.
According to Kyle Wiens, CEO of two companies (iFix It and Dozuki), “If job hopefuls can’t distinguish between ‘to’ and ‘too,’ their applications go into the bin.” Kyle and many other companies prefer to hire experienced and grammatically skilled workers. For example, documents written for business purposes must be accurate and appear professional.
Precise grammar does not always have to be used when speaking with close friends or family. However, it is different when writing for a college class or for a professionally related job. You cannot incorporate “u” or “l8r” in a paper. Obviously, it appears unprofessional and indolent. English professor Mark Goldblatt says, “The last thing [your teachers] want the last thing any reader who’s not your ‘BFF’ wants, is to wade through a bog of your ungrammatical writing.” Continual practice and usage helps to improve oneself and increases one’s chances for success.
Misunderstood text messages could get you in trouble, so make sure yourcommunication is clear. In her blog entry titled “The New Etiquette of Texting,” Maralee McKee relates a story about a misunderstood text message. “Don’t use text lingo and short-hand unless you’re positive (It’s really hard to be positive.) the recipient is fluent in the constantly emerging language of texting. One techno-savvy twenty-something wrongly assumed ‘LOL’ meant ‘lots of love.’ Poor girl, she was heartbroken and embarrassed when she found out the guy on the other end was being rude by ‘laughing out loud.’ He wasn’t sending his love at all.”
Additionally, incorrect spelling can cause communication problems. For instance, “new”,“knew”, “their”, “there”, and “they’re” must be spelled and used correctly in order to comprehend because Kyle Wiens and other people become disturbed. Another example would be “knead” and “need.” I can relate to the example above because it happened to me when I used the wrong word in a text message. A friend of mine laughed her head off and now I will never hear the end of it. She keeps teasing me about the mistake. As a result, I realize the importance of vocabulary and grammar in any type of communication. When texting important messages, be sure to type it as well as possible so recipients understand it. Grammar and vocabulary are part of our language and should be practiced and perfected.
Good grammar helps you to attain your goals in life such as in jobs and college classes. Use good grammar when applying for jobs, writing for a class and speaking with clarity. If you are a teen in high school, you may want to start improving grammar and building vocabulary. The format in a well-written paper may make you feel and look professional, smart, and confident in yourself. We can make this world a better place by using our grammar appropriately.
Goldblatt, Mark. “Welcome Back My Ungramattical Students.” Wall Street Journal (2013). Wsj.com. Wall Street Journal. Web. 7 Jan. 2015.
McKee, Maralee. “The New Etiquette of Texting.” MannersMentor.com.
Mannersmentor.com, 1 Jan. 2009. Web. 11 Feb. 2015.
Wiens, Kyle. “I Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here’s Why.” Harvard Business Review. Harvard Business Review, 20 July 2012. Web. 4 Feb. 2015.<https://hbr.org/2012/07/i-wont-hire-people-who-use-poor/>.