While working in the music
business, I caught a grammatical error on an invite to an event for a popular
musician. I noted the error and left it on the Marketing Manager's desk.
He sent it back to me with a
note. "Grammar is overrated."
Maybe so. But after that, I
had a new job responsibility: proofreader.
Invites, flyers and newsletters went through me. (I knew my English undergrad
was not for naught.)
Bad grammar is a career
killer. Employers tell me about tossing or deleting resumes full of errors. I
hear from managers marveling at their staff's emails full of gaffes.
I hear about people passed up
for promotions, because they say,
"I seen the results."
"We have boughten new
"Me and her are going
"I have seen…"
or "I saw the
or "We have purchased
"She and I are going
(Note to "Grammar
Check" fans – Word only identified, "I seen.")
Bonus: never say, "I was woken up."
It should be, "I was
Some quick hits:
It's "it's" if you can break it into "it is."
There's no apostrophe in the possessive. (The
dog chases its tail.)
Ditto for "who's" and "whose."
"I" is a subject, which creates
the action. (I will order
"Me" is an object,
which receives the action. (The
pizza will be delivered to me.)
To add a person, check your
sentence by separating it into two sentences.
He and I will order a
He will order a pizza. I
will order a pizza.
Grammar is a lifelong study,
like learning to code or mastering another language. Review online resources or
(gasp) get a book. For help with spoken grammar, get thee to Toastmasters.
The pudding is in the proof.