Skills for Life

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Why improve your understanding of grammar and punctuation?

These days of word processors with their built-in grammar- and spell-checkers, there seems to be no need to understand the rules of English grammar and punctuation!

Here are some reasons why doing some of these exercises and improving your understanding of such things could turn out to be a shrewd investment for you.

Grammar checkers on computers are not foolproof. They sometimes try to correct things that are perfectly correct, and often miss silly errors.

Unlike you, the writer, they are totally unconcerned with the meaning of your sentence and are simply following a predefined set of rules. While there is no doubt that they are useful, relying on them is highly dangerous.

So why should you need to spend any time acquiring an understanding of grammar and punctuation?

As you go through your life, there will be various people it would be good to impress, for example your possible employer. Poor punctuation and grammar may be important within the job you are looking for.

Good punctuation and grammar will not only improve your chances of securing a good position, but, used skill fully, can make your arguments more persuasive and engaging.

Almost all employers view effective written communication as a highly desirable skill. It is also a skill that many potential candidates lack; improving your understanding of grammar and punctuation could help you in the career of your choice.

Once in your job, you will almost certainly be engaging with the written word in some way or another. Clearly-written, grammatically-correct, properly-punctuated information and reports are likely to catch your manager’s eye for the right reasons.