For many people, grammar is the bane of their existence. There are so many rules to grasp, not all of which follow a sense of logic, and if you are lucky enough to understand it all, you find yourself infuriated by those who cannot. One of the problems with grammar, I believe, is that to learn it is quite a boring task in itself, and when you add to this modern problems such as the growth of internet language (‘gr8’ has been added to some dictionaries, apparently), it’s not hard to see why so many academics are concerned about the (lack of) use of grammar in society.
A great book which addresses this issue rather well is My Grammar And I (Or Should That Be ‘Me’?): Old-School Ways To Sharpen Your English, by Caroline Taggart and J. A. Wines. Why is this book so awesome, you ask? Because apart from the fact that it’s quite a straight forward yet comprehensive guide to grammar, covering spelling, elements of speech, sentence structure, punctuation and more, it is also quite witty and entertaining, helping bring to life an otherwise potentially dull subject. The book is broken down into short sections, and it totals less than two hundred pages, making it a quick read as well as a convenient handbook of sorts.
This book is great for people lacking in grammar skills and knowledge, but it is also a great read for those simply wanting to brush up on their skills for whatever reason. I am only part of the way through but am already enjoying it immensely, and would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
How confident are you with grammar? Do you think grammar is important?
Do you rely heavily on spell-check and similar features of word processors to catch out your mistakes, or do you prefer to find them for yourself?