Fun fact for you! National Grammar Day is celebrated March 4th each year.
Why let poor grammar stand in your way or detract from your message? Today is the day to make a few small changes to help set your grammar straight!
National Grammar Day started back in 2008 to encourage and stress the importance of using good grammar.
Although you may disagree that grammar is fun and something to celebrate—after all, I am a writer—you should still make sure your writing is polished and correct. The same as how you speak, how you write is a direct reflection of you that others may use to measure your professionalism, intelligence, knowledge, and accuracy.
Here are a few tips to get you started with your new resolution to use good grammar. In no time, good grammar will become a habit!
Five Facts for Using Good Grammar:
- Know the parts of speech and how each functions in a sentence (noun, verb, adjective, adverb, pronoun, article, conjunction, interjection, and preposition).
- A sentence needs a subject and a predicate, or verb. It must express a complete thought.
- Be sure to match the subject and verb in number. Singular subjects get singular verbs, and plural subjects get plural verbs.
- Properly form plural and possessive nouns. Don’t confuse the two or include unnecessary apostrophes. Remember to ask yourself, do I need to express plural (more than one) or show possession (ownership) with an apostrophe? If doing both, make the noun plural first, then possessive.
- Use active, not passive verbs. Be sure to start with who/ what is doing the action, then after the verb, put who/ what receives the action.
Purdue OWL, Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab, is an excellent resource for writing assistance. Click here to visit Purdue OWL’s grammar section for simple, straightforward grammar help. Bookmark it for easy reference when you are writing.
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-by Christa Riddle