Knowlege is a treasure, regardless of where it is found.
This is still writing. When someone is writing for his or herself, fine, but when one decided to publish, even on such a forum as this, then they are obligated to know the basics of writing. If a writer doesn't follow the basic rules, it creates the possibility that the reader will not be able to understand what the writer meant, even in a stroke story.
There is a big difference between amateur writing (as in not being a professional or being paid) and amateurish, which refers more to the faults and deficiencies often found in an amateur.
It's sad when using, in this case even providing, the basic information that anyone beyond a grade school level should possess is met with anger and derision. The only logical conclusion is that this exposed some deficiency on your part, and the only way you knew to deal with it was to attack. This must have struck close to home.
You may note I deleted quite a few comments from illiterate boobs.
Perhaps you missed the part where I stated I am a certified teacher of English? You are wrong and I am right.
As for the other writers who have submitted How To on how to use the English language, neither one of them are certified English teachers or if they are they have nothing about it on their how-tos or their bios. I certainly would not take English instruction from anyone but a person who has a degree in it.
While you are not too busy censoring intelligent discussion on points of interest which do not praise your erudition (after all, you have a degree! Congratulations!), would you like to explain the grammar of this;
"neither one of them are certified English teachers"
I look forward to a reasoned reply rather than a deletion.
I am going to leave your anonymous comment so I may post this reply:
This is not about who has a better knowledge of the English language. This instructional essay was written with my Warriner's English textbook open beside me. Warriner's is the textbook used to teach grammar in the USA schools for the last two generations. If you have a problem with their interpretation of grammar, perhaps you need to speak with them. Frankly, I really do not think the USA Educational system would have allowed billions (and I mean billions) of it's citizens taught incorrect grammar, do you?
This is not an editorial or my personal view of grammar. It is a lesson. I am not here to argue about who has a better grasp of the English language. I don't care if you are from the UK. Face reality. The USA is THE largest English speaking country in the world.
This was meant to be a lesson on basic English grammar as taught in the USA public schools. It was not meant to be a lesson on how to polish your grammar as a writer. That would be better left to one of the other authors who used E. B. White's Elements of Style as a reference. Elements of Style is a wonderful tool for the working writer but it is not the textbook used to teach grammar in the USA schools.
In conclusion I would have you know that I will be continuing the series but to resolve the conflicts and confusion, I am renaming it US English 101. However, I will continue to delete editorialized comments from anonymous readers who wish to argue grammar with me. I graded enough papers when I was teaching, that is not what I am here for and there are far better forums where that can be done than with anonymous posting.
Thank you. At last an answer.
I will reserve my right to disagreee as to whether there is any significant difference between American and British English on this point. Parts of speech are universal.
I'm not sure, either, how knowing the names of parts of speech can improve anyone's writing.
But I do thank you for granting my point a reasoned answer.
(P.S. Anonymity is generally good sense on the internet. No other reason.)
Occasionally I like to review the lessons I should have internalized the first time! This posting started out well and then I started to get a headache. Just help me with this one question, please. When I hear a newscaster (usually sports) say something like "the interview was done by myself," is that contorted or what? Isn't "me" more user friendly? Thanks for the review!
Thank you for writing this. I'm tired of people submitting stories that require me to try to figure out what they're trying to say. While your lessons won't make a Shakespeare out of an incompetent writer, at least it is a quick and handy reference to use. Thank you!
Many years have passed since formal education and probably like many
got sloppy with it and if NOone pulls you up on it, you think your grammar is fine. UNTIL you want to write stories, and then you find you
have a story riddled with more errors than Clyde Barrows Ford was riddled with bullets.
I see I am going to have to re-learn grammar. I know it will not be easy
but if one has a desire to write, This article will be a big help.
Thanks for making the English language
a little but easier to understand. I know it
will take some time to relearn but one has
to start at the basics.
Thankyou for English 101.
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