If you wish to see the following post as a PSA (public-service announcement) of sorts, that is perfectly fine with me. Sometimes, construing something as a “PSA” is not necessarily a bad thing, as long as the overall impression you get is clever, insightful, interesting, and not “trite,” “cloying,” “drivel-infested.” You get the message that PSAs can go completely awry, but the below PSA, from the Grammar masterminds over at the widely-recognized internet site- home of the infamous Grammar Check- is something I thought was both interesting and important to post for readers of this blog. I’ve used their Grammar Check many times, when doing my routine blog posts, and it has helped to avoid the danger of making any embarrassing Grammar Errors, which could otherwise undermine the perceived quality of the writing in any of my posts. Once you see a Grammar error in my whole post, you’ll be distracted away from whatever point I was trying to make in my post.
Contrary to how the internet sometimes thinks of Grammar, it is still important, whether writing blog posts, editing a story, writing Fanfiction, working on a Wattpad story, or seeking to fine-tune a novel for possible publication, to have a proficient handle on your grammar.
Based on a study conducted by Grammarly (provided in the infographic below), they found that higher earnings have a strong correlation with really good Grammar. If you do not have a tight control of your Grammar, you can always try using auxiliary tools, like Grammarly’s Grammar Check, or even sites like OWL Purdue or Grammar Girl to help clarify any errors that you have been making. There is always something new to learn about our Grammar, especially habitual errors like the common misuse of “than,” or “then. These things may seem insignificant, but the longer and more winding the text (like many of my book reviews), there will normally be more obtrusive, potentially hazardous Grammar errors.
I’m using the Grammar Check Chrome extension right now for this post, and it has already highlighted certain things like some overuse of commas, which tends to be a common problem with so many of my complex sentences I have an addiction to writing. I need to start writing shorter sentences. Maybe then, I will have fewer issues with being tripped up by those elusive, trickly commas. For any writer, this is a highly recommended tool, which again is substantiated by the research below about the importance of being scrupulous (not overscrupulous/neurotic like a titular character from a Nathaniel Hawthorn short story), but being shrewd and circumspect about making sure that you avoid many too many potentially perilous Grammar mistakes that might make your blog post resemble a level from Pitfall, versus a well-paved sidewalk.
So, here’s that infographic, from Grammarly, I kept talking about above!
Question for regular readers of Bibliophile’s Reverie: What is your most common Grammar error? What about your Grammar Pet-Peeve? Leave a comment below with your answer!