Grammar is vital in terms of using a language properly. That goes for all languages, not just English. We use language to communicate and convey our thoughts to others in both audible and written forms, but does proper grammar affect how we perceive the message? Absolutely.
Grammar is more or less a set of rules that govern clauses, phrases and words in all languages. If we break these rules we can easily lose the message and change the intended conveyed meaning altogether. One of the most common errors in written English is the proper use of commas. Here are a few examples of how improper use of commas can affect how an individual perceives something.
Right: Goats cheese salad ingredients: lettuce, tomato and goat’s cheese.
Wrong: Goats cheese salad Ingredients: lettuce, tomato, goats and cheese.
Right: Rachel finds inspiration in cooking, her dog, and friends.
Wrong: Rachel finds inspiration in cooking her dog and friends.
Right: Please use caution when hunting, pedestrians using the walking trail
Wrong: Please use caution when hunting pedestrians using the walking trail.
Right: Be careful pedestrians, slippery when wet.
Wrong: Be careful pedestrians slippery when wet.
Right: No U-turn!
Wrong: No, U-turn!
Right: No trespassing, violators will be prosecuted.
Wrong: No trespassing violators will be prosecuted.
Right: No smoking in this area.
Wrong: No, smoking in this area.
Right: Thank you. Your donation just helped someone get a job.
Wrong: Thank you. Your donation just helped someone, get a job.
Right: Missing dog: big, brown and fluffy, reward.
Wrong: Missing dog: big, brown and fluffy reward.
Right: Let’s eat, Grandpa!
Wrong: Let’s eat Grandpa!
As you can see, the comma is an extremely important tool in the English language and is one worth mastering in the classroom. Do you have any funny stories from your classroom? Let us know in the comments below!