The Importance of Good Grammar for Clear Communication
Strange as it may seem to those who aim to produce excellent writing that communicates with precision and eloquence, the validity of fussing over correct grammar seems to have become a hotly debated topic these days, particularly in an online context. Whatever justification for poor writing might be discovered out there on the web, however, the correct and thoughtful use of grammar is still important, and not only when the anticipated audience is sophisticated enough to determine exactly what is right and wrong in an author’s writing. Whether your text is aimed at academics who specialise in language or children who are just learning it; whether you are writing a long scientific treatise or a short blog post, the use of effective grammar really does matter.
Authors write to communicate, and the rules of grammar determine how words should be used and combined in order to communicate an author’s thoughts effectively. Facial expression, voice intonation, physical context and a host of other signifiers present when a speaker stands before a listener are not available when a reader encounters a text. This means that both the main points and any subtleties intended by an author must be expressed in his or her written language, which can prove a significant challenge, but one that must be met to achieve successful and nuanced communication. When reporting the detailed and complicated methods and results of advanced research, for instance, scholars who do not observe the rules of grammar can unintentionally confuse and mislead the readers they hope to inform and persuade, a problem that tends to inspire poor reviews, prevent successful publication and lead to negative comments and citations.
An author’s written voice should create the impression of confidence, especially when considerable knowledge and authority are expected, but many readers will notice errors, particularly if they are frequent and repeated. Assuming these readers do not give up on the text immediately, they will read with uncertainty and caution, a situation that compromises the author’s authority. Those readers unable to detect the errors are still worse off: for them there is a much greater chance of misunderstanding the author’s meaning altogether. For both kinds of readers, poor writing provides a poor model and suggests that imprecise and confusing communication is acceptable.
Readers have learned to ignore or skip over grammatical errors in much of the text produced for online contexts, yet this is a sad necessity, not justification for perpetuating hasty and sloppy work that even its own author could not be bothered to honour with proofreading. Yes, errors creep into writing, and yes, they sometimes squeak through even the most stringent editorial policies, but there is no real argument for poor grammar. If you have something you believe important enough to write, present, post or upload, do yourself and your readers a favour by proofreading it carefully, and if you have neither the skill nor the inclination to do so, hire a professional proofreader or editor to ensure that your work will be taken seriously and help you achieve your goals.
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