Why Is Grammar So Important?


Happy April Fool's Day! No, I do not have a trick I'm going to play on you today. Sorry. ;)

But I am going to introduce a new 5-part blog series! We're talking about GRAMMAR!

Now don't go rolling your eyes and groaning! Grammar is SUPER important when it comes to writing. That's why I want to take the month of April to talk about grammar. (You also should know that I am a grammar nerd, so this is gonna be a FUN topic for me! For you too, I hope!)

This 5-part series will consist of: "Why is grammar so important?" "What are some common mistakes I should avoid?" and "What are some spelling mistakes I should avoid?"

I'm super excited to dive into this series, so let's get started! (Trust me, you won't wanna miss this post!)

Why is grammar so important?

WHY I LOVE GRAMMAR

My friends know that I'm a grammar nerd and language geek, so they won't be surprised to see this post.

I love grammar. I love languages. I love studying foreign languages (specifically English, Spanish, and Latin) because I love the way the words, punctuation, and conjugations all work together.

There are so many pieces, and it's like one big puzzle that I get to put together. I love it, and I hope I can show you how neat it is too!

WHY IS GRAMMAR SO IMPORTANT?

So why is grammar so important?

I've seen some young people who love to write, but their grammar is needs work. They misuse punctuation, tense, subject-verb agreement, etc. For a grammar nerd like me, it makes me want to edit!

But besides that, grammar is important because it helps with clarity. Even changing minor punctuation will change the entire meaning of the sentence.

The following sentences were found at this page.

Let's eat Grandma!
Let's eat, Grandma!

Pay close attention to the punctuation! The first sentence suggests that we ought to eat our grandmother, while the second sentence says to Grandma, "I want to eat now!" Adding a comma before "Grandma" tells us that you are speaking to her, not saying that you want to eat her!

Eat your dinner!  
Eat. You're dinner!

The first sentence is a command to eat dinner, while the second sentence tells something that it IS dinner. (You're = you are) The apostrophe is very important when it comes to meaning.

Twenty five-dollar bills. 
Twenty-five dollar bills.

The first sentence says that there is a pile of five-dollar bills, twenty of them to be exact. The second sentence says that there are bills worth twenty-five dollars each. Because of the hyphen placement, the two sentences have very different meanings.

Here's another one.

Man eating chicken. 
Man-eating chicken.

The first sentence states that a man is eating chicken, while the second sentence states that the chicken eats man—it's a man-eating chicken! Hyphens are super important!

I want to thank my parents, Tiffany and God. 
I want to thank my parents, Tiffany, and God.

The first sentence suggests that Tiffany and God are his parents. The second sentence, however, adds an Oxford comma and clarifies that the sentence means that neither Tiffany nor God are the person's parents. He wants to thank his parents, Tiffany, and God—four people.

Some people use the Oxford comma, but some do not. Some people write, "Apples, oranges and pears" without the Oxford comma, but with the Oxford comma, the sentence would read, "Apples, oranges, and pears." That's a simple example, but the Oxford comma really helps to clarify things.

I'm sorry I love you. 
I'm sorry; I love you.

The first sentence is apologizing for loving someone, while the second sentence is apologizing for a mistake, then saying, "I love you" with sincerity. Yikes, what a difference a semicolon can make!

I find inspiration in cooking my family and my dog. 
I find inspiration in cooking, my family, and my dog.

I think it's pretty easy to see how the commas work here. The first sentence says that the person loves cooking his family and his dog, but the second sentence says that he loves cooking and his family and his dog—three wonderful things that inspire him.

These are only a few silly examples, but they really make clear how important grammar is. Without correct grammar, your sentence could mean something drastically different than what you intended it to mean.


Well, I'm not going to say too much more about grammar, because I think you get the idea. Grammar is a lot of fun!

Over the next four weeks, I'm going to give you some grammar lessons! I'll show you some common grammar and spelling mistakes to avoid!

You won't want to miss them!

talk to me!
Do you like grammar? Do you struggle with it? Are you excited for this series?

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8 comments:

  1. I love how you cover the basics with commas and such in this post, but for the following ones will you be going any deeper? Don't get me wrong, the basics are important, but as I writer, I already know these things. Lol, this is the stuff I studied in my fifth grade grammar books.

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    1. Hi, Sam! I have experience with editing a lot of writing, so I will be talking about some common grammar and spelling mistakes I see. Some of it will be basic, but some will be helpful to the more advanced writers. On the last Wednesday of April, I will be talking about super practical ways to apply good grammar to your own writing. :D

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  2. Great examples! I'm looking forward to the other posts in this series. :D

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  3. I love this! This is so helpful in my own journey of writing. You did a great job stressing the importance of grammar, while making it very entertaining to read! Thank you : )

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    1. Hi, Katelynn! I'm so glad you enjoyed it and found it helpful! :)

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