Do you watch your P’s and Q’s when creating documents? It seems sometimes that spelling, grammar and punctuation are sometimes left by the wayside and can create misconceptions! I’ve always been a bit over the top in my expectations of good grammar skills. When I read an article, anything that fails the general rules of grammar, punctuation or spelling jumps right out at me, and I’m appalled that professionals are not using the proper methods. I’ve seen this happen on blog sites, on major news and reporting sites, even in letters I receive from businesses in the mail. If you really want to be professional, it is essential you learn the rules of grammar and learn the correct spelling of words, places and names.
With most people having Internet access these days, there are lessons you can find, there are sites that will help you determine correct punctuation and there are the wonderful on-line dictionaries for spelling. I prefer Dictionary.com for spelling but there are many other sites that offer dictionaries as well. If you are in the medical professional, there are medical dictionaries available, too!
It’s important to also know the tenses of verbs used and use them correctly. Dictionary.com not only gives you the correct spelling and pronunciation of words, but it also gives you the past, present and future tenses of words that are used as verbs. By utilizing web presence when we are unsure, we can determine what the tense of the verb we are using should be.
Of course, with the advent of social media and text messaging came the abbreviated versions of many words — U for You, 2n for tonight, ttyl for talk to you later — all fine and good for personal texts and messaging, but it also leads to improper spelling for a lot of the younger generation, who has been allowed to forego spelling skills in favor of the abbreviations. While this is a quick and easy way to communicate, it’s not professional and can lead your readers to come to the conclusion that “you’re not so smart”.
Let’s all get on board with the “old ways” of caring about language arts and what we first learned as children in school. If you want to be a true professional, then having and honing these skills are essential!
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