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How far is too far for you in using "perfect" grammar?


After having taken a course in linguistics, I realized that perfect writing always legs behind the development of a language itself. Linguists describe the language, the society language guardians prescribe how to write. I am not asking to abandon grammar altogether, but some rules seem like sheer nitpicking. "Buyer's Guide"; "Buyers Guide"; "Buyers' Guide"; "Buyer Guide". It sounds quite cumbersome, especially when you hear the words vs. read them. Do you feel the same? Maybe only some times?

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Best Answer Twilight Lawns says

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    kallini2010 3 years ago

    There is no space to express how funny it was. It's a hub! Did you know that words "daughter, slaughter, laughter" rhymed before? That is my new knowledge of linguistics!


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    kallini2010 3 years ago

    I would not argue about the fluids such as "me & him" (who knows how all the pronouns will turn out in the future), but I never paid attention that WE, Russians say "We with the wife"... meaning "My wife and I" and it is correct. Illogical, but..

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    lupine 3 years ago

    Proper grammar doesn't have to be difficult. It is only difficult if the reader lacks spelling and grammar skills. My first summer job was typesetting and proofreading for a local newspaper when I was 16 years old.

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    kallini2010 3 years ago

    I was less tolerant to imperfect writing in Russian, a snob of sorts, but when I learned English, I realized - this is my punishment, my writing will never be perfect. As much as it hurts, double negatives is the norm in most languages.


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