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Monday, December 4, 2017
In Support of Good Grammar
Who’s (Oops) Whose Grammar Book Is This
Anyway? All the Grammar You Need to
Succeed in Life
by C. Edward Good is one of those books on grammar that could replace most
others on the subject. Yes, it’s that
does a great job of outlining our language, including common grammatical
mistakes, the eight big parts of speech and the 11 elements of punctuation. We
may know when a period is needed but not always the comma. We often confuse the semicolon with the colon
and what’s the difference between a dash and a hyphen? Not sure? Just know where to stick an apostrophe, quotation marks,
and your parentheses.
appreciate the book's breakdown on the key parts of speech:
that do or are.
3.Adjectives: Words that describe.
words substituting for words.
More words that describe.
– Words that join.
– Words that glue.
– Words that exclaim
are some random but insightful thoughts excerpted from Good’s book:
learning the grammar of the language – its structure – the way it fits together
– you’ll begin to see the words, phrases, and clauses you habitually use and
those you tend to avoid.
school board somewhere right now is concluding that we don’t need to devote
much class time to grammar. After all,
grammar is just elitist worry about out-of-date rules or just a fretting about
manners. Will that school board’s
decision help further erode the knowledge of grammar in this nation?
day this nation will wake up, realize the harm we’ve done, and begin to insist
that we get back to basics. A thorough
study of grammar should head the list.
do matter. Words do carry meaning. And grammatical rules do govern the way we
put our words down on paper so that we can transfer knowledge to future
generations. If we have no rules, then
words and groups of words can mean whatever we want.
just maybe, the erosion of grammar has a lot to do with the widely acknowledged
erosion of communication skills in the United States. Perhaps the erosion of grammar would help
explain why the professor’s students use like
after every third word.
hope you agree that good writing comes directly from a broad and deep knowledge
of the structures our language makes available to us. If we do not study them, if we do not learn
all about them, if we do not practice using them in our discourse, then the
future for our own ability to communicate is bleak indeed.
of us will continue to cry out that grammar and style are inextricably bound up
together. We believe deeply that we
cannot learn to write well without knowing grammar – not just the basics but
some fairly sophisticated concepts undergirding our language.
I hope, you’ve learned in this book.
matter. The way they come together to
convey meaning is governed by a set of rules.
That set of rules is called grammar.
Either you know it, or you don’t.”
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