Blog Prompt #1 (1/16/2019 by 11:59pm)

Let’s use the first blog prompt to introduce ourselves and discuss our relationship with grammar. You can take “relationship with grammar” in any way you choose. You might relate a story about a specific picky teacher or some “grammar cop” that you know. You might get all metaphorical and discuss grammar as if it is a friend or enemy or frenemy or whatever. You might think of the first thing that pops into your head when you hear the word grammar. You might react to the first part of Grammar Revolution. Here’s the trailer.

Do your thing.

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8 comments for “Blog Prompt #1 (1/16/2019 by 11:59pm)

  1. Jordan Fraser
    January 15, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    My name is Jordan and my relationship with grammar is that I appreciate the rules but I’m not aware of all of them all the time. Grammar has always been a skill to improve on or a tangled language of rules with endless exceptions. My understanding of English grammar is that as long as the audience understands what has been written, it is okay. Grammar has levels of formality that we use to tailor an idea to a specific audience. Grammar is good to know for when you need it, but it doesn’t keep friends.

  2. Chasity Mitchell
    January 16, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    My name is Chasity and my relationship with grammar is it’s my frenemy because I’ve had my ups and downs with it. My problem with grammar is I write how I speak. For many of papers that I have wrote my grammar was the issue of why I didn’t get the grade I want but I still maintain to pass. I believe that’s many people issue with grammar. As time past by I have been improving with my grammar because I know it’s important especially in my profession.

  3. Cedia Vicks
    January 16, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Hello, my name is Cedia and if I had to define my relationship with grammar I would describe it as being not hard to understand but, not easy to use. My problem is I tend to overthink grammar sometimes when writing important papers and because of that I always make mistakes. I can study grammar or even listen to a teacher teach grammar and everything is clear and makes sense to me. However, when it comes to writing, I still will make grammar mistakes. I believe my reason for this is because grammar has not been stressed enough to me throughout my years of high school. There are some grammar things that have always stuck with me from middle and elementary school while there are some that I am often still unsure about or struggle with. Grammar is something that should continuously be taught because it can be tricky to use. I believe that the more it is taught, the better it is to be understood.

  4. Aostin D Priester
    January 16, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Hello, my name is Aostin Priester. I would say that my relationship with grammar would have to be a mixture of good and bad. I have a good relationship with grammar because it has taught me how to be professional when writing things on the internet, such as writing posts on Facebook or YouTube. I see posts every day on the internet from people who use incorrect grammar or spelling. Before I send an email or submit a post, I always reread it just to make sure that it is spelled correctly, it has the correct use of grammar and to make sure that it makes sense. It is embarrassing when I submit something and I realize that I used incorrect grammar. I kind of still see grammar as being an enemy as well. There are still many things that I need to learn about grammar. I still have a difficult time remembering when to use affect and effect. I would also like to learn how to use whom in a sentence. For the most part, I think that I have learned a lot more about grammar as of now as opposed to ten years ago.

    • Cedia Vicks
      January 16, 2019 at 10:24 pm

      Hi, Aostin. I agree with you that before I post or send an email that I’ll reread it just to make sure I didn’t make any grammar errors. Sometimes, I reread it more than once just to be on the safe side. I understand what you mean when you say it can be quite embarrassing. Their has been times that I have submitted something and did not read over it and saw that I made simple careless grammar errors that could have been avoided if I simply just took the time to read it again.

  5. Shianne Huffman
    January 16, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    Hello All!
    My name is Shianne Huffman. Grammar started to become important to me the more I conducted professionally writing and having it reviewed by higher ups. My first reports would come back in red because of grammatical error and it forced me to study the “standard grammar rules”. In the video, it was mentioned the way one uses grammar says a lot about their status or their education levels. It is true. Whenever my reports were seen in court or by the attorney, all flaws were focused on, whether it be punctuation or spelling error. Because of this, I became very aware of my writing and I second guess if the punctuation is correct or not. My love for grammar and trying to understand why certain rules are in place occurred from my reports being presented in court and torn apart.

  6. Sade Meeks
    January 16, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Hello my name is Sade’ Meeks. Grammar is most definitely my “frenemy”. Grammar was not taught to me in high school, so its kind of like a foreign language to me. When I took my first English course at USCA, and had to write many papers, I was in total frenzy mode. It wasn’t surprising to me when I received a C for my first paper from Mrs. Smith. I used all of her feedback and somewhat harsh criticism and turned it into a positive factor for my upcoming papers. I focused more and more on grammar more than the content of the actual paper and guess what? I made another C. It’s like I overdid it with the grammar and I was overthinking it. I made changed to the ways I thought about grammar in addition to what the paper is actually about. My next paper, I made a B+. I say that to say this, I’m not perfect with grammar, but I will get there eventually. Its actually shameful that students on a collegiate level including myself, are unfamiliar with grammar rules. It could be so confusing at times, especially when you haven’t been taught grammar rules, or you don’t know any tricks to grammar. Take this for example, once you learn your 10 multiplication (10 x 4=40), you know anything multiplied by 10 is going to be that number with a zero at the end. On the other hand, with grammar the rules may apply in a certain sentence but not the other. All in all, its confusing and it should be taught more. All it takes is a good teacher and focus and you can kick grammar’s a**!

  7. Shayn Price
    January 16, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    Hi, everybody, my name is Shayn Price. I’m an engineering major at USCA. For me, I would say that grammar is that one friend that you say hi to in the hall, but you don’t really know very well. When I text with some of my friends and they use the wrong your/you’re or use then instead of than, I can’t help but correct them. I think that the reason that this bothers me is that this is the easy stuff. It really isn’t that difficult to understand. But other than people using the wrong word, I’m not a huge grammar snob. Anyway, I remember my English 4 teacher in high school giving us a grade for our grammar. We would start at a one hundred, and if we made a mistake or said the word “like” too much she would give us a minus one. After taking her class I didn’t care as much as I had before.

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