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ur doin it wrong. and so am i.

i saw this infographic on common grammatical mistakes which writers should be careful not to make on their blogs. i'm pretty sure i've made all of them at one point or another, despite my criticisms of others' grammatical failings.

10 Common Blog Writing Mistakes (Infographic)
Source: www.grammarcheck.net

i do find that some of the rules here could be better explained: the difference between cumulative and coordinate adjectives is not immediately obvious from their examples. also, there's a much clearer way to illustrate when to use "me and "i", that an english-teaching friend of mine taught me; if you're unsure what to do, take the other person out of the sentence and see how it sounds. observe:

i like it when friends come over to visit dom and i/ me.
i like it when friends come over to visit i.
i like it when friends come over to visit me.

this is what they're saying in the infographic, but it's not abundantly clear. at least, to me it isn't. [note: that was actually a sentence fragment.]

i do strongly believe that it's important to know this kind of stuff [theses kinds of things?] and not to rely exclusively on spelling or grammar checks. neither of those tools is capable of discerning the subtleties of your writing and can inadvertently end up giving you terrible advice. for instance, there is nothing grammatically wrong with the following sentence:

the sun shone from his behind.

however, the above sentence does not mean "the sun shone from behind him".

likewise, there is nothing grammatically wrong with saying:

let's eat kids.

no grammar check will alert you that you're doing something wrong by writing that sentence. the police, however, may have something to say to you unless you protect yourself with a comma:

let's eat, kids.

hope that makes the consequences of trusting in your grammar check adequately clear.

i'm far from perfect and on this blog, i'm farther from perfect than usual. i don't always check things before i post them and it bugs me when i find unforgivably stupid mistakes, which i do, more often than i'd like to admit. sometimes, of course, i employ grammatical mistakes and spelling mistakes for effect [witness the title of this post], but i like to think that i come off as intelligent enough most of the time that you all know i'm joking. if i'm wrong about that, perhaps you could keep it to yourself, as it's one of the central threads of my self-image.

to all of you fellow writers out there: english is kind of a bastard, but i do think it's worth trying to improve, even if you [like me] are never going to get it completely right. either that, or we should all just write in lolspeak from now on.

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