by: Joanie Barry
Hey watsup? Im rightin this post to chat yal up about grammar. Why should we
Obviously, there was something wrong with the last sentence, besides the fact that it was obnoxious. It is rife with spelling errors. It lacks correct punctuation. All around it is just unattractive to look at and to read. But the most important thing to ask is could you understand it. Most likely, you could, even if it was unpleasant.
Grammar use is a controversial topic because many people feel it isn’t necessary anymore. We communicate through email, text message, and social media sites. The communication is so instant that any misunderstanding in a conversation can be clarified in a simple response. With this as our main form of communication is grammar really important. If the point is understandable, than why do we bother with sentence structure and pronoun agreement? Well in my opinion it depends on what message you are trying to send.
Is perfect grammar needed in a tweet? Probably not, because of the limited characters make it necessary to abbreviate. However, is grammar necessary in an academic essay that may be published in a scholarly journal? Probably. Grammar, though it may be frustrating to some, is crucial in our understanding of the written word. Journalist Jeff Minick says in his article Forgotten but not gone- Emphasized grammar that, “Spelling errors, grammatical mistakes, and badly composed sentences result in missed meetings, mangled orders, mistaken shipments, and bad service.”
Even with this in mind people argue that grammar isn’t necessary any more because of the way we use our technology. So are we wasting time learning grammar or is it crucial to our language?