How Does Great Grammar Improve Your Writing?
Everyone of us know that learning grammar is important. It is essential to writing and speaking well.
But many of us underestimate the true importance in mastering grammar. We think that we can rely on our intuitions, honed by reading how others write and listening to how others speak.
But our intuitions are not perfect. Very frequently we slip up and make mistakes. We may know that we've made a mistake, but we don't actually know what it is.
We get annoyed. We get frustrated about the many exceptions and strange grammar rules in the English language.
And this is actually a step better than what many of us experience.
In many other situations, we don't even know about the mistakes we did! Our grammar 'intuitions' are simply not capable to detect some of the subtler mistakes we make. And these mistakes cost us.
Let us look at the 3 ways where great grammar improves your writing. And conversely, how NOT having great grammar causes your writing to suffer, very often without you noticing it.
Great grammar makes your work look professional
Most of us understand the basics of English grammar. But not all of us truly master it. Sometimes, failing to notice some of the subtler grammar mistakes can cause our writing to suffer. Even worse, the professionals may look at this one mistake and brand the writer to be an amateur.
You don't want to be that person.
One example of a common grammar misunderstanding is the usage of whom. Many of us use who in all instances, including ones where whom should be used. While the trend is that replacing whom with who is becoming more and more acceptable, using whom the right way impresses and puts your writing in a highest pedestal.
But if you try to use whom in situation where who should be used, you embarrass yourself. You show the reader that you are merely an amateur writer trying to show off, but failed. Whom is pretentious enough to some, and if you use it wrongly, you make the reader's impression of you worse.
So what's the solution?
Learn how to use whom correctly in this instance! It is actually quite easy. So learn it, and get it over and done with once and for all.
My larger point is that great grammar enhances your writing by leaps and bounds. It makes your writing from good to excellent. You become a professional in other people's eyes.
Now or in the future, when you write your resume to find your ideal job, make sure that your grammar is great. It impresses hiring managers.
Great grammar makes your writing amazing, as if it's something written by a famous writer
There are many elements to great writing. Insightful thoughts, rich vocabulary, and a well-organized structure all help to make a piece of writing great. But great grammar serves as the foundation for all amazing writing.
You can use simple words, and produce amazing writing with great grammar.
You can have simple thoughts, and still have a good piece of writing with great grammar.
You can have a poorly organized essay, but have a readable piece of writing with great grammar.
But without great grammar, all your writings become bad no matter how well you do in other elements of writing.
Great writers, the ones you read in newspapers, magazines and books, understand one thing. They know how to be creative and run wild with their writing, because they know exactly where the constraints are. They know they can do anything with their writing as long as they obey grammatical rules most of the times. And they know when to break them.
That's why their sentences are varied and beautiful to read. Because they understand grammatically correct sentence structures, they can play with the placements of clauses, phrases, and words, putting them in unexpected but grammatically correct locations in a sentence.
Like great writers, if you have great grammar, you can construct great sentences.
And this leads me to the third point…
Great grammar lets you refine your writing without anyone's help
Understanding grammar at the level of sentence structures helps you parse the writing of your favourite writer. This allows you to learn from their style in your own work.
Understanding grammar also helps you to parse your own writing, so you can correct mistakes on your own.
This is great power. You no longer need to rely on any external software. (What if the software stops working? Or write if you have to write outside of a computer?)
You have the knowledge stored in your brain, ready to be accessed at any moment. Isn't the freedom to learn from great writers and improve your writing on your own wonderful?
You don't have to rely on anything external, which has the risk of failing that you can do nothing about.
You can rely on something internal, your brain. You always have the freedom and option to make things right, and to fix mistakes on your own.
Isn't freedom great?
Furthermore, parsing the work of great writers allows you to excavate writing techniques they use, enhancing your understanding about what constitutes great writing. And you get to apply whatever techniques they use to achieve writing success.
Having great grammar isn't just a frivolous pursuit. It has concrete benefits to your writing, as we have seen.
Great grammar makes your writing more professional and amazing, akin to something written by a famous writer.
You can also figure out any mistakes you made and discover writing techniques famous writers use on your own.
And great writing can change your life. It opens up opportunities for you to ace your exams, go to an amazing school, find a great job, and get promoted at work.
Without good writing skills, opportunities that you could have are shut off from you.
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