The Role of Grammar and Punctuation in Academic Writing
The panda enters the cafe. He orders a sandwich, consumes it, and then opens fire on the other diners.
The only waiter to survive the chaos and unrest wonders, “Why?” as the panda makes a beeline for the exit.
A badly punctuated wildlife guide is produced by the panda and slung over his shoulder. “Well, I’m a panda,” he explains. Try Googling it.
The waiter looks up the question in the manual and gets a satisfactory answer. “Panda. Chinese black and white bear-like animal. Eats, grows and produces leaves.
Taken from Lynn Truss’s “Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation”
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Grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization are the four cornerstones of any well-written piece. You can make your writing more accessible and pleasurable for your audience if you take the time to learn and follow the conventions.
Word shapes and structures (or morphology) and sentence structures (or syntax) are both explained by grammar. So that we can communicate more effectively with one another, grammar establishes guidelines for standard written and verbal usage.
The eight parts of speech are the pillars of grammar.
Verbs are words that describe what is happening or how something is.
Individuals, locations, things, and concepts are all nouns.
Nouns and other pronouns can be replaced with pronouns.
Adjectives provide more description, designation, or quantification of a noun or pronoun. Adjectives come just before the noun or pronoun they describe.
Adverbs provide information about the method, time, place, cause, or degree of a verb, adjective, another adverb, phrase, or clause. How, when, where, and how much are all questions that adverbs directly address. Most adverbs have a ly at the end.
In a sentence, prepositions express a temporal, spatial, or logical connection between nouns, pronouns, and phrases.
Connecting words, phrases, and sentences are what conjunctions do.
Exclamation points typically follow interjections because they are used to emphasize emotion.
The subject (who or what the sentence is about) and the predicate (what the issue is doing) must be considered complete. The predicate is a verb, and the subject might be a noun or pronoun. Find the verb and then use who or what to determine the sentence’s subject. The key to the question is the topic itself.
Writing is more engaging and understandable when modifiers, phrases, and clauses provide additional information about the subject and predicate. Modifiers are single words used as adjectives or adverbs; phrases are two or more words used as adjectives or adverbs without an issue and predicate; and clauses are two or more words used as adjectives or adverbs with a subject and predicate.
When a reader is confused about what is being modified, modifiers (whether single words, phrases, or clauses) should be placed close to the word or words in question. An incorrectly positioned modifier is as follows:
The sign was written in French, but John understood it immediately.
In this instance, It needs to be apparent if the adverb easily modifies John’s interpretation of the sign or the sign itself. John could read the sign in French because the modifier was placed near the term it modified.
Sentences can be broken down into their component clauses. A ruling is considered simple if it consists of only one clause. Although simple words make up most of the everyday conversation, they can give a text a juvenile vibe when written. When used judiciously, simple sentences enhanced with modifiers can serve as an effective means of drawing in the reader.
A compound sentence consists of two or more independent clauses connected by a connecting word or words. Compound sentences are useful for striking a balance or providing contrast between two ideas or pieces of information:
Short and sweet: Molly and Emily are locals in the same area. They are the closest of pals.
Molly and Emily are close friends and live in close proximity to one another.
A complex sentence has at least one unequal dependent clause and one unequal independent clause. Compared to simple and compound sentences, a complicated sentence elaborates on a main topic, gives Context, and singles out the most significant idea.
They share so much that Molly and Emily would be close friends even if they never met.
To improve your writing, try using a wide range of sentence structures. Use a brief, concise sentence to capture the attention of your reader. Use a compound statement to highlight equilibrium and parity of thought. Use a detailed statement to illustrate the connection between pieces of information.
Spell checkers in word processors have drastically reduced typos, with homonyms being the only exception. Homophones are words that share the same pronunciation as another word but are spelled differently and mean something entirely different.
The proper use of capitalization, like punctuation and communication aids. Each new sentence is denoted with a capital letter at the start of the sentence. It is customary to uppercase the names of specific people, locations, and things to emphasize their distinctiveness. It is inappropriate, however, to capitalize a word for the sake of emphasis.
Why Correct Grammar Is Crucial
Correct grammar is essential since it aids in the reader’s understanding. The structure allows the author’s intended meaning to be communicated clearly. Get rid of grammatical mistakes and give your readers what they want: straightforward communication.