Everyone knows the importance of grammar when writing for the media, but it is easy to forget some of the more complicated English grammar rules when you are nose-deep in the AP Stylebook. Therefore it’s always a good idea to brush up on your grammar every so often. Try talking to recent English education graduates or taking a course online.Grammar has the ability to take a person’s writing to the next level, so don’t let your knowledge become outdated.
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As the daughter of an English teacher, here is a quick guide to some of what I find to be the most complicated rules in the English language:
- Wishful sentences: It’s “I wish I were” not “I wish I was.”
- Planets: The earth is lowercase while it is capitalized in the list Mercury, Jupiter and Earth.
- Ambiguity: Words like “until” and “next” should be avoided if at all possible because they are confusing for the reader. Do you mean next week or next, next week? Is a paper due at 3 p.m. or 2:59 p.m. if it is accepted until 3 p.m.?