In lieu of the College Board having any sort of standards anymore, given that the New SAT is essentially making itself worse, and the old SAT stood as one of the only tests that required some sort of grammar knowledge, I officially declare my intention to force grammar upon those who unwillingly ignore all basic grammatical rules. U no wat Im talking about, right? -INSERT annoying emoji here-
There are certain essentials that will help anyone writing a handwritten thank you note (you should do that) or writing a friend via regular mail (it’s like the paper version of email — it takes a little longer and costs more, but creates this thing called a “connection” between you and the person you send it to). Do you need to be a grammar perfectionist? Of course not. Am I perfect at grammatical usage? Definitely not. BUT, there are some things you can do to make yourself come off less as a dumb-dumb and more as someone who is eloquent, or at least not unwittingly stupid. What am I talking about?!? Have you ever read a note from someone and that person used the wrong “there/their/they’re”? Ye-ah, it’s awkward. Because you know they graduated at least the 5th grade so it shouldn’t happen.
Here’s a great little article from The Week focusing on a number of grammar rules that will help you sound more erudite: 7 Grammar Rules You Really Should Pay Attention To
The article touches upon the subjunctive (using “If” statements) use, parallelism, lie vs lay/shrunk vs shrank/sunk vs sank, me/myself/I usage, dangling modifiers, semicolon usage, and better word choice. Seriously, this one simple read will fix any basic issues and give you new insight into the word of speaking and writing just a little more properly. You’re welcome (NOT “your welcome”!).