5 Grammar Tips to Remember!

By Tana

Whether you’re just starting college or you’re on the 7 year plan (which used to be the 6 year plan, and before that the 5 year plan), it’s important to remember the rules of grammar. Why? Well if you don’t odds are people will make fun of you. Sure, they’ll probably be uptight grammar geeks but you never know when grammar knowledge will come in handy. Like the the next time you’re writing a paper for an English course.

1. Good vs. Well

Many people think these two are interchangeable, and sometimes they are. Most of the time, however, people will use “good” when they should actually be using “well.” For example: If someone asks how you’re doing, the correct response is “I’m doing well” because “well” is a state of health. If you answered “I’m doing good” that would mean you are currently doing an action that you could consider “good.” Probably the best explanation for this can be found in an episode of “30 Rock” where Tracy Jordan (of all people) breaks it down. Check it out here: Superman Does Good

2. Irregardless!

Irregardless of what you may think, irregardless isn’t a word. I don’t know who decided to champion the addition of i-r to the beginning of the word “regardless” knowing that it would mean the same exact thing with or without it, but all they succeeded in doing was screwing with the heads of college freshman everywhere. Side note: if you thought this was a real word and you are NOT a college freshman…best to take that secret to the grave (similar advice goes for if you love The Real Housewives franchise or Nickelback).

 

 

3. The Oxford Comma

 This tiny little guy has sparked lots of debate in the grammatical-nerd community. But what is it? Basically it’s just a strategically placed comma. If you were to say “I want to thank my friends, Amy and Jeff” that  would be without the Oxford Comma. If you were to say “I want to thank my friends, Amy, and Jeff” that would be with the Oxford Comma. Although it seems like a tiny thing, the Oxford Comma can sometimes l ead to some trouble…as seen in tasteless image below.

4. E-Mail or Email

 With technology ever expanding so does our dictionary. The concern over how to correctly write out the word “email” has now been put to bed. Thank goodness, right?!? I know it has probably kept many  students up at night in panicked sweats over how to tell their professor about an important e-mail (or email??), but worry not! The official way to spell it out is: email. Phew!

5. Punctuation and Quotation Marks

 If you are writing a character in a story or quoting someone it can be a bit confusing as to how to end the sentence. If you write someone saying: “Why does the new Batman movie look so awesome” where  would you put the question mark? The answer is simple: keep the question mark with the question asker. The result would be:  “Why does the new Batman movie look so awesome?” If you were quoting  someone asking a question the sentence would look like this: Batman said to Catwoman, “Are you declawed?” to which she would respond by scratching his face.

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