Well, you have to give and take as not everyone speak as good english as you, so I will communicate with anyone even he/she type poor english.
Would it be awesome if everyone could write as well as Mark Twain? Totally. But I'll settle for 5th-grade-level English. I don't think that's too much to expect of anyone, in my personal opinion.
That sentence rather reminds me of the Reagan-Mondale debates, on one particular occasion, when one of the ABC news commentators remarked about a specific sentence Reagan had used, which was confusing to say the least, that 'diagramming this sentence is my idea of Hell'.
*This statement that grammar limits style[, and this] is blatantly false.*
You've got a lead-in and a conclusion, but the abrupt conjunction is confusing, making one think that they missed something even though the thought was complete; what is lacking is flow.
Had you not included the abrupt conjunction, the sentence would have read as follows:
*This statement that grammar limits style is blatantly false.*
In the above example, there is an uninterrupted flow; it reads better and certainly would be understood better in conversation as someone does not have the benefit, in conversation, of writing down what the other person has said in order to make certain they understood it.
Conversation generally follows the tenets of grammar, and does not as well. The objective in conversation is to be understood. In writing, we have the distinct advantage of thinking before we speak...so to speak:D. The objective of conversation, to be understood clearly, in my opinion, should not take a back seat to grammar, if they are in conflict, or the writer has failed to complete a dialogue with the reader.
There was a short story I read in High School, which I believe was called The Oedipus Complex, in which the narrator of the story is a 5 or 6 year child.
The narration of the story was analytical, introspective, and garrulous. At no point did I ever believe that this was a young child narrating this story.
A simple precept of writing is to get one's point across. If I want to present to the reader that the speaker, or even narrator, is a child, a redneck, a socialite, or perhaps a rambling country sheriff, I need to give them something which makes that believable. In first person, people don't speak in perfect grammar, they don't think in perfect grammar; in third person, that's different.
As people have bad habits, there are writers who have bad habits; much to the aggravation of editors.
That is not to say that writers cannot be grammatically correct and lack style, as grammar is itself a set of guidelines and not the content and demeanor which make a writer's style.
Novels are not spotless.
There are certain asides on the internet which go against the rules of grammar. Primary among those is paragraphing. Many writers can carry on with run on sentences and paragraphs, and there are no lack of editors who are irritated by this, but run on paragraphs on the internet are often poison.
Reading a book, sitting in a recliner or lying on a bed, is one thing. Staring into the equivalent of a TV screen can be quite straining on the eyes.
Writing for shorter paragraphs, or just breaking up paragraphs, is often friendly to a reader's eyes, and some people will just simply go away from a website if the copy is too straining to read.
If someone is following basic grammar and succeeds in being understood, they have accomplished their task, whether it is perfect or not.
Can I write perfectly?
Why heckies no.
I don't have a set of the rules of grammar in front of me to follow; all I know is what I learned in school about grammar, and what I have learned in life about communicating with people and making myself understood. I work with that to the best of my ability and if I accomplish being understood...well...I'll take that over being perfect.
I just need to work on that part about being less offensive....
I think I had two different sentence structures raging around in my head. Also, I had to study those debates for history. I never understood it. History is not my best subject...:thumbdown:
I've got one answer for history...
...it happened in the past.:D
Well, English is my first and only language, but my grammer is pretty average. Depending on what you are trying to communicate and to whom, I spend a little more time review my grammer.
Unfortunately for you guy, when talking on the forum, my grammer based on a brain dump with little review time. So I'll say sorry in advance to my lack of quality.
Yes,Grammar is very important and especially for a people like me as i am not yet perfect in grammar!
yes grammars are very important for online work. equal important are capitalazating the first alphabet in every sentence and put pull stop at end and coma in betwwen and make it reading for the public.
thnk u frnd.