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5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Review Grammar

I think it’s probably clear by now that I like grammar. This kind of comes with being a writer, but I’ve always felt this way. Then I went to college and studied to be a teacher, which involved double majoring in secondary education and English, and that program involved taking a class on correct grammar. I went on to teach ninth grade English, and part of the curriculum involved, you guessed it, grammar.

Today I thought that I would break from my trend of giving grammar tutorials to tell you 5 reasons why everyone should review grammar. After all, I’m convinced that everyone should, but you might not be!

5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Review Grammar | Kate the (Almost) Great

1. There are so many nuances that is easy to forget the rules if you haven’t reviewed them in a year or more. Obviously I’m not expecting that you memorize all the rules every year, but it can’t hurt to look over the rules or to study an area where you know you struggle.

2. Unless you’re writing correctly regularly, you’ll forget the rules. As Suzuki used to say, practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect! (That’s the guy behind Suzuki musical training, not the car company.) I don’t know anyone who keeps a grammar guide on hand every time they write something, so you’re probably making at least a small grammatical mistake regularly. If you keep doing the same thing incorrectly over and over again, then you’ll remember the wrong version. This has definitely happened to me!

3. So many people judge others for making grammatical mistakes. You know when you accidentally make a typo on social media and immediately cringe because you know everyone will notice it? Imagine if you made an equally obvious mistake regularly in your writing without realizing it. Well, others probably will notice and may judge you. I know you shouldn’t care about what other people think, but I prefer to avoid being judged if it is possible.

4. Put your best foot forward and look as smart as you are. Similarly, it’s possible that people who judge you will be ones you want to work with. They may not want to work with you if your writing (in blog posts or emails, even if you’re not a blogger) is not high quality.

5. Incorrect grammar can change the entire meaning of the sentence. I actually used an example of this in my first comma tutorial – commas stop cannibalism! You don’t want to say, “Let’s eat Grandma!” unless you are cooking Grandma for dinner (I really hope you’re not doing that). Instead, you want to say, “Let’s eat, Grandma!” That version means, “Dinner is ready, so it is time for us to eat.”

Do you have any questions about why you should review grammar? 
What types of grammar tutorials would you like?

I also want to introduce you to the people behind Something Saturdays!
We’re Elizabeth and Luke and we make an effort to do something new every Saturday, hence the name Something Saturdays! We met while we were both working in the Netherlands, but Elizabeth is from St. John’s, Newfoundland, where we currently live, and Luke is originally from Bath, UK. We enjoy exploring new places and travel whenever we can, but the main purpose of Something Saturdays is to make the most of our weekends and explore what’s in our own backyard!
Over the past 2.5 years of Something Saturdays we have learned how to ski, visited countless museums and festivals, learned how to survive in the wilderness and make maple syrup (not at the same time), gotten lost while geocaching, went orienteering (and didn’t get lost), went zip lining and scuba diving (for 30 seconds), completed various DIY projects including felting and making a shoe rack, and attended lots of community/cultural events. Our travels have taken us around the Netherlands and Southern England; to France, Italy, Morocco, and Cuba; to various cities in Canada and the US; as well as around the province of Newfoundland. We’re up for anything and are trying to see the world, one Saturday at a time.

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  • In addition to proper grammar, I think correct spelling is important. I have friends who didn't pay much attention to spelling when they were younger and now struggle with it.

    … Thanks, Kate! 🙂

  • So true to all of this. Grammar is so important!!

  • I have always struggled with spelling! It's a great idea to review those grammar rules once and awhile, thanks for the tips!

  • I hate that I never LEARNED grammar in school. We were always expected to just know it each year. I was never properly taught :/

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  • I've been known to add way too many commas to a sentence. I thought I would've gotten them down correctly by now!

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