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Why is grammar important?

by Jana Johnson

 

Grammar lays the groundwork for effective communication.  Just as an improperly configured telephone wire can cause static during a phone conversation, improper grammar can likewise affect the meaning and clarity of an intended message.

 

Grammatical errors come in many forms and all can easily confuse and obscure meaning.  Some common errors are with sentence structure, subject/verb tense, punctuation, spelling, and other basic mechanics and parts of speech.  Even something as simple as a misplaced comma can completely change the meaning of a sentence.  For example: "Let's eat grandpa" vs. "Let's eat, grandpa."

 

Grammar makes written content more readable and in turn more interesting.  If it is necessary to repeatedly reword sentences while reading, the flow becomes disrupted and involvement in the story halted.

 

 

How is grammar useful in the real world?

 

Grammar skills are useful in every aspect of life from education to leadership, and social life to employment opportunities.  They are equally important at home where children learn their grammatical patterns from their parents and family.  This puts the next generation at an immediate disadvantage if learning incorrectly.

 

Grammar skills are important to be an effective leader.  Communication skills are indispensable to effectively give direction and provide assurance of leading ability.  In addition, if continuing education is desired, grammatically correct papers will be expected from college professors.

 

Proper grammar is also essential for understanding English as a second language as well as for learning a new language, since all languages follow grammatical patterns.  With the United States being a melting pot of nationalities and foreign language speakers, hearing proper, consistent English is extremely helpful to encourage any newcomers in becoming fluent.  This, in turn, aids native English speakers in understanding other dialects as well.

 

From persuasive papers to resumes, grammatical errors immediately take away the intended strength necessary to acquire an ally on an issue or an invitation for a job interview.  In both situations, grammatical inconsistencies make influential words less poignant.

 

While correct grammar is a valuable tool for success in many areas of life, it is not used to create a gap in the social world.  It is not a tool for segregation, but a tool to opening doors by being heard and understood more clearly.  While correct grammar will offer an edge in a job interview it won't be so obvious as to cause a separation from the masses in casual conversation.

 

In conclusion, just as rules are necessary in everyday situations, grammar rules are likewise essential in everyday life for clarity of meaning and intent.

 

 

 

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