Thursday, July 26, 2012

Zero Tolerance for Bad Grammar

Wow. This guy really hit a nerve on Harvard Business Review. In the few days since this post has been up, it's gotten nearly 1,000 comments. He gives prospective employees grammar tests. 

And students think I'm being curmudgeonly when I red-pencil their errors. They ask why it's important to know basic rules of grammar. They complain that their meaning was clear, even it their writing had a few oopsies. They say they'll never, ever use grammar because it really isn't important for what they want to do...

Yeah right. Those who "suffer" through my red pencil (and learn something from it) have a leg up in the job market. Who says an English degree is impractical!?

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