Today’s post comes to you in the form of an unapologetic, unequivocating RANT.
The function of language – writing, grammar, etc – is to communicate. I’m not perfect at grammar and I don’t mind when someone’s language isn’t “correct” or “proper” as long as they’re getting their idea across. I especially don’t mind it when that person is speaking English as a second or third language (or beyond!), because that person has already far exceeded me in the language and communication department.
What I do mind is when professionals whose main job is communicating in English, their first language, make very basic grammar mistakes that they should have learned about in 3rd grade.
Like this ad I saw on Facebook yesterday, that wanted me to know “The Hunger Games comes to it’s shocking conclusion in Mockingjay Part 2!”
Seems like I see this particular mistake more and more these days. On billboards, in headlines, in publications…it’s not comma useage, people, it’s not that complicated!
It’s = It is.
Its = belonging to it.
Where do you use a semi-colon, what kind of sentence structure does poetic license allow, do we need an Oxford comma – these are the difficult questions. These are the things that deserve some leniency. But if it is LITERALLY YOUR PAID JOB to write English well, GET IT RIGHT.