Why grammar and punctuation matter

Long-standing neglect

Failure to teach grammar and punctuation in school for the last 40 years has led to an unfortunate lack of understanding of the basic rules of written English.

Apostrophes are misused; commas are put in the wrong place or omitted from the right one; dangling participles hang themselves around the incorrect word, strangling the meaning of the sentence; nouns are turned into verbs; and semi-colons, colons and dashes appear to be stuck in willy-nilly or not used at all, because the writer doesn’t know what to do with them.

In short, poor punctuation and ghastly grammar are making a mockery of our language.

Where it all went wrong –

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Correct grammar and punctuation in letters, emails, reports and other documents can prevent misunderstandings; they can make the difference between a contract won – or lost; they can even keep businesses, and individuals, out of court. But literacy standards in Britain have been in decline for many years, due to a lack of appropriate teaching in school: many people today do not understand even the basic rules of grammar and punctuation.

Poorly written material presents an equally poor image of your company to the outside world. However good your products or services, if they are not presented professionally, the message won’t be delivered to potential customers. If your employees cannot communicate clearly, existing clients, too, may decide to go elsewhere.

Employers have a right to expect their staff to know how to write correctly; unfortunately, too many don’t, through no fault of their own. Mark My Words can ensure that your workforce learns how to write it right.



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