In honor 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?
Let me preface my answer by saying I am answering this question before coffee and while getting ready for a funeral. I agree readers, it is an odd time, but the only time I had. Yes I have grammar books, all from my college and post-college days. To save all of you the time it would take for subtraction, I was in college in the late 1980s. I honestly do not recall what the two main grammar books I have are at the moment. I have noticed with the increasing years of computer use, my grammar has declined, or maybe it is age, both? Back to my grammar books, both are rather large tomes and based on my writing as of late, I need to unearth them and use them, because yes, I find grammar to not only be important but vital in this new age of texting, IMing, Twitter, and all other shortcuts to communication. I would go into my fear that soon children will no longer know how to write, but fortunately dear readers, I am out of time. I do so look forward to reading how others answered this question when I return.
Edited to add: I speak several languages and while learning all of them, the focus on grammar was very strong. I notice my teens, each who speak at least one other language a piece, learn more grammar in their foreign language classes than their English classes. This makes me quite sad.
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