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"Why Grammar Counts at Work"

"Why Grammar Counts at Work"

"Why Grammar Counts at Work"

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Here's an interesting op-ed piece from Forbes. It also includes a link to another article from the Wall Street Journal.

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RE: "Why Grammar Counts at Work"

Defiantly sumthing that 2days yoof shud reed!!

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RE: "Why Grammar Counts at Work"

I wonder if Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit, would hire an applicant who on their CV spelt the word "recognise" instead of "recognize"

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RE: "Why Grammar Counts at Work"

Hmm... when is the "... and I" usage correct then?

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Hmm... when is the "... and I" usage correct then?
When you talk of yourself as the subject and not the object (grammatically speaking).

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RE: "Why Grammar Counts at Work"

Bring back the wooden ruler "whacking" technique. Make a mistake, get a whack! smile

I do agree with the article. I'm no expert on grammar, but I do make an effort and pull myself up (and annoyingly others smile ) about spelling and grammar.

My daughter (two and a bit) came home from play group pronouncing water as "waughah" (lazy southern England English.) Every time she says it, we drum into her it is said "watER." She is generally very clever and loves her books, so I have faith we can "beat it out of her" winky smile

If the people looking after our kids can't get it right, what hope is there!!!

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RE: "Why Grammar Counts at Work"

Generally this could be considered fighting a losing battle.

I just overheard a manager saying to one of her team that she wanted the team member to speak to a senior manager about an issue.

Rather than saying something along the lines of "Would you ask Senior Manager about..." or "can you speak to..." she said "...and when you see Senior Manager can you go..." followed by a description of the issue she wanted raised and how.

What can you do if people who can't even string together a simple lucid sentence are put in positions of authority?

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RE: "Why Grammar Counts at Work"

Nothing like sleeping ones way to the top. smile

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Nothing like sleeping ones way to the top.

I agree. Nothing beats politics!


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Hmm... when is the "... and I" usage correct then?

Because sentence structure can be quite complex on occasion, I silently drop the other out of the sentence: "Aunt Sue is coming to visit (you and) I" To visit I? Nah; to visit me! Therefore Aunt Sue is coming to visit you and me.

Similarly, for "it's vs its", just substitute "it is" and see if it works. If 'yes', it's; if 'no', its.

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RE: "Why Grammar Counts at Work"

Ending a sentence with a preposition: the object of the game is communication. If communication happens, everything's A-OK.

It turns out there are several verbs for which smile it's not even possible: 'pay' vs 'pay for' illustrates this. "That car wasn't even paid for!" is nearly impossible to rework to avoid the trailing 'for'.

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RE: "Why Grammar Counts at Work"

Thanks MakeItSo and rexxhead... I knew when it sounded right or wrong, but just couldn't quite remember the distinction.

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