Every week Booking Through Thursday asks a question. This week the question is: In honour of National Grammar Day … it IS “March Fourth” after all … do you have any grammar books? Punctuation? Writing guidelines? Style books?
More importantly, have you read them?
How do you feel about grammar in general? Important? Vital? Unnecessary? Fussy?
Well I am a future English teacher, so yes, I have grammar books at home. Several of them actually. I have three books that are for ESL (my favourite is Engelsk Universitets Grammatik by Jan Svartvik, also known as the Silver Bible :D). I also have a copy of The Elements of Style by Strunk and White and Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss. I have read all of them. Not cover to cover (except Eats, Shoots and Leaves) but large portions. I should also buy myself a copy of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers 7th Edition for gradschool but I haven’t gotten around to it yet.
I do think grammar is important. Grammar is an agreed set of rules that makes things easier to understand. I get tetchy when people use incorrect grammar. Especially when they make simple mistakes. Swedes in general have an issue with subject-verb agreement that drives me absolutely nuts. I had to sit on my hands yesterday when one of my masters level classmates used “do” instead of “does”. Sometimes I make grammatical errors, especially when speaking, often they are on purpose for effect. In order to do that you have to know the rule in the first place.
At home I am known as the grammar nazi because I will correct the family in both Swedish and English as well as people on tv. What can I say? Bad grammar annoys me :D