I write articles virtually every day of my life, and like many writers out there, I like to think that my work is 100% free of spelling errors and grammatical errors. Now, I am not trying to blow my own trumpet here, but I am pretty confident that all my writing work is free of spelling errors by the time it gets published. However, I am only human, so I guess I’ve probably slipped up on a few occasions.
When it comes to grammar, however, I don’t have the same level of confidence. I used to, but that was before I started using tools that scan my work for grammatical errors. English is my first language, and I’ve been writing for a number of years now, so I would have expected my grammar to a better than it is. Then again, I think most people would get quite a shock if they checked some of their written work with a good grammar checker.
Writers Can Break the Rules
It is true that writers, to a certain extent, are allowed to break the rules. This allows them the additional freedom to be creative. This bending of the rules is common in poetry for example. Singers also aren’t bound to strict grammatical rules.
When Does Good Grammar Matter?
If you only write to friends and family then they probably won’t even notice any grammar mistakes, and if you write articles that get published online, most of your readers probably won’t notice the odd grammar mistake here and there, and even if they do, they will probably take no notice of it.
However, if your article is littered with errors, then it is probably going to create a negative impact on your perceived credibility. This is why professional businesses pay people to write content for their websites. Good spelling and grammar portray a higher level of professionalism, and this is definitely something you need if you want your readers to take you seriously.
Excellent spelling and grammar can also give you the upper hand when you are applying for a new job. When an employee is reading through a pile of resumes, they obviously look at your qualifications, but subconsciously they will also be taking note of your spelling and grammar. In fact, spelling and grammar can play a crucial role, depending on the type of job you are applying for.
Another thing is the issue of plagiarism that needs to be checked in a document. That is a different but related subject covered in another article here
If your spelling and grammar leave a lot to be desired, no boss is going to want you to communicate with their valuable clients. It is quite simply bad for business. No matter what you are writing, be it an article, or be it a resume, always stop and ask yourself, is this grammatically correct. If need be, run it through a good grammar checker or get a very competent person to check your work for you.
An excellent example of careless spelling and grammar errors is an article in the Mirror about Tesco gaffe.
A Few Fun Facts
- Did you know that “I am” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language?
- Have you always taken a lot of pride in your spelling and your ability to pronounce difficult sounding words? Well, try to pronounce “Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis” and see how far you get, and yes, it is a REAL word, and it refers to a type of lung disease.
- Did you know that approximately “4000” new words are added to the English dictionary every year?
- Did you know that English is the international language of the air? Regardless of their nationalities, all pilots must be capable of communicating in English.
- Did you know that at one point, the word “girl” did not refer to a young female? Instead, it referred to any small child.
Now, as I have admitted earlier in this post, I am only human, so if you pick up on one or two spelling errors or grammatical errors, please don’t judge me too harshly. Good luck with your writing, and if you have any reason to doubt your own competence when it comes to spelling and grammar then it would probably be a good idea to consider using a good spelling and grammar tool to scan your work for errors.