Recently, Dictionary.com ran an interesting article titled, "Does Grammar Matter in the Workplace?" The article referred to Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit and founding father of Dozuki, who wrote articles called "I Won't Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar" in the "Harvard Business Review." Wiens states, "I've found out that people who make fewer mistakes with a grammar test also make fewer mistakes when they're doing something completely unrelated to writing-like stocking shelves or labeling parts." In reply, John McWhorter argued within a "New York Times" essay that grammar isn't indicative of intelligence or focus on detail, and in many professions, is not an essential skill.- Grammarly Review
While, obviously, grammar matters more in jobs associated with writing than in other jobs, for instance a factory assembly line, I believe otherwise that grammar is not to do with attention to detail. As a book reviewer, I know of countless poorly written books in which the grammar is atrocious. We have also seen several of these books completely lacking in any sort of attention to detail.
The world now has countless aspiring authors well as over a million books are published yearly. If an author will compete against all the other authors to make his or her book stand out, having a well-written book with proper grammar, and achieving it proofread meticulously, is going to make a huge difference.
Believe it or not, even among authors, bad grammar exists. Traditionally published books usually are better than many self-published books because publishers have editors to solve grammar, spelling, as well as other errors. But not all publishers, editors, or authors are of the same caliber, regardless of whether the book is traditionally or independently published. And many an intelligent self-published author knows enough to get his book edited and proofread in order to avoid errors.
I see certain grammatical mistakes being made overall in books; frequently, I find split infinitives in books produced even by major publishing houses. The most effective known example of a split infinitive originates from the television show "Star Trek" in their famous opening "to boldly go." Here, "to go" will be the infinitive of the verb, in order that it should not be split, however frequently insert adverbs to the infinitive, thereby splitting it). Also i frequently see subject-pronoun agreement issues. By way of example, "Everyone should decide what they want for lunch before they get to the deli counter." In this instance, "everyone" is singular so the pronouns should also be singular. Rather than "they" should be used "he," "she," or "he or she." Or "everyone" must be replaced with a plural word like "people" that will then match with the plural pronoun "they."
Like i said, such errors are frequent even just in traditionally published books, and well-educated people still constantly make these errors. A lot of people who complain about bad grammar won't even notice that these examples are bad grammar. I was amused in reading this article at Dictionary.com that on the list of comments readers made-both from those who felt grammar does matter in the workplace, and those who didn't agree-many were full of bad grammar, and a minimum of one person pointed this fact outside in her comment.
I additionally disagree with John McWhorter that grammar has nothing to do with being detail-oriented. I'll expand a little here from grammar itself to incorporate spelling, pronunciation, along with other matters related to writing and communication. I cringe once i see commercials where individuals use bad grammar; commercials have writers who should know better. Poor pronunciation also causes me to cringe; a single commercial I've seen, the business enterprise owner tells customers that his product is "guaranteed"-only he can't pronounce "guaranteed." He thinks the starting of the word rhymes with "car" as an alternative to "care." Then a jingle occurs in which the word is pronounced properly. E-commerce has made numerous commercials and each time it is the same "guaranteed" line along with the same problem with pronunciation. We are amazed that the television station producing the ad has not told the business owner that he's mispronouncing the word, and I also am amazed that this business owner has never picked up on how the word is pronounced differently within the jingle. Obviously, attention to detail is lacking here. I realize a little room for alteration in pronunciations exists, so I went online and listened to the word pronounced at four different dictionaries and not one pronounces it just how he does. And even if there are two ways to pronounce it, shouldn't the pronunciation be consistent in the commercial? Do I want to buy a product from a man who for years has been unaware of how to pronounce a word properly that he uses over and over to advertise his business understanding that he's heard from other people's lips dozens of times, and yet he can't recognize his mistake? How guaranteed is his product, really?
Such insufficient attention to detail is more serious when it's in a book. Here's among just one of countless books I have been given to review where bad grammar and bad writing also reflected lack of attention to detail. First, this particular book was stuffed with typos and misspellings. The one that really irritated me was the article author continually referring to how he was once an "alter boy." As a good Catholic, he should have known how to spell "altar." Worse, through the book, he couldn't comprise his mind how to do much of anything. Whenever he described a book or film, he would have it italicized on one page, then in bold on another page, then underlined on another, then italicized and underlined with a third. In one case, I saw him italicize, bold, and underline all inside the same sentence, never increasing in popularity that the three mentions from the book did not match. I'm wondering whether he would paint a fence like that-black post, green post, some pink stripes, then some blue polka dots-and not realize it looked terrible while he was done. His book sure looked terrible, also it read horribly. A fantastic author pays attention to information and makes sure it is all totally as consistent as possible.
I also know authors who, unbelievably, do not think good grammar matters. They tell me "That's why I have an editor." And i also know editors who figure out writers without good grammar are terrible writers, and no matter how hard they, as editors, work, no matter how great the idea for the book could be, a book can only be improved so much by someone besides the author, and it will never be completely up to par whether it were not well-written to begin with.
If you are an author, a salesperson, or perhaps a factory worker, people do judge your body on its use of grammar. If you haven't seen the movie "My Fair Lady," it's worth watching as one example of how grammar you can get ahead or hold you last life. Perhaps transforming yourself from the flower girl on the street to part of English high society, as Eliza Doolittle does from the film, is rather extreme on your situation, but it demonstrates how people view you depending on what comes out of your respective mouth. And they also judge yourself what comes from your pen.
Bad grammar, bad writing, and not enough attention to detail include the primary reasons why self-publishing has received a bad reputation. Perhaps you can get away with bad grammar in the office, but you can't get away with it when you write a novel. Trust me; there are readers on the market who delight in finding errors and pointing them out just so they can feel more advanced than authors.
If you are an aspiring writer, You need to brush up on your grammar. It can't hurt to take a category or to read a grammar book. And also by all means, find a good editor. Such as the just let your editor fix your grammar; look closely at what the editor changes and discover from him or her (not them). Good and serious writers pay attention to detail. They notice what their editors change, they learn why, and they do not repeat precisely the same mistakes going forward.
No matter what the rest of the world might say about the need for good grammar, a writer should be an aspiring expert on grammar and punctuation and stay detail-oriented. You may not need to know the naming of every part of speech, nevertheless, you should write and rewrite with a dictionary and a grammar book close by for quick reference. Do your very best self to produce a consistent, well-written quality product and you will be ahead of the crowd to produce your book stick out. - Grammarly Review