Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Why good grammar matters

I read this post on LinkedIn by Donna McTavish who asks the question, "In a world where tweeting and texting is the norm, should we still care about grammar?" McTavish is the director of English for Business Limited. She offers her own thoughts about an article that was published in Harvard Business Review concerning a company's refusal to hire people who exhibited poor grammar skills. McTavish reviewed the HBR blog commentary that followed the article. Many people questioned the value of grammar if it wasn't necessary or relevant to their specific job function. In fact for many employers it isn't necessarily a problem if the average employee doesn't understand proper syntax, faulty parallelism, or subject-verb agreement. It's disappointing when they are complacent about their ignorance and are flagrant about it. The bottom line is grammar may indeed have far greater economic influence than we might surmise. Check out the full article here.

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