Does poor grammar irritate you?

@nanciem (1106)
United States
August 2, 2008 11:07am CST
I was just wondering how people feel about poor grammar skills.. I myself can use some more education on the subject of grammar. However, I do find myself getting a bit irritated when I do receive an e-mail with content such as : "he don't be in the office right now" or.. "She don't like none of that" WOW that drives me crazy! These are mainly work e-mails I am either copied on, or sent directly as a reply.. Is this just me or do others feel the same? Again, I can use some more education on this subject. I mean no offense to anyone, just curious.
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@LimoChang (193)
• China
2 Aug 08
Not so comfortable but not to the level of being irritated.As along as i can understand the general idea,poor grammar wouldn't be making too much difference.I mean,grammar is bascially used to serve for the communication.However,i have met some people with poor grammar that can't even make himself understood,it really pissed me off.
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@nanciem (1106)
• United States
2 Aug 08
I totally understand what you are saying, I do see it alot, I guess, on a personal level it is not very important; it does bother me when corporate e-mails are sent throughout the company this way, even to clients.
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• China
2 Aug 08
I see.Yes,agree with you.It can't be accepted.
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@nanciem (1106)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Not in a corporate world.. heck if we have spoken the way we do to VP's and CEO's we would all be unemployed! LOL
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@lrglara (1343)
• Philippines
2 Aug 08
i feel for you. i tend to get irritated too. i find myself correcting them sometimes. hahaha! :)) but i find it rude to correct someone because of their grammar so i stopped. i realized that i need grammar lessons too so who am i to correct them, right?
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@nanciem (1106)
• United States
2 Aug 08
Heehe I correct some people in my head; I also agree with that "Who am I correct" when I know I need lessons myself.. TY for the word Lessons.. I was searching my mind to figure out which word to use, courses, education LOL!
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@lrglara (1343)
• Philippines
4 Aug 08
You're welcome! :)
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@Bd200789 (2994)
• United States
2 Aug 08
Yes, that really irritates me. I don't know why. I try to use good grammar, and it bothers me when people don't even try. I can't stand when somebody says " I don't know nothing". I hate that!
@nanciem (1106)
• United States
2 Aug 08
I cannot understand it myself.. is it that much more difficult... I mean come on.. say it: 'i don't know nothing" or 'I don't know anything".. Hello which sounds more pleasing to the ear?
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@Valenas (1510)
• United States
2 Aug 08
With me, it really depends. If I go to school with these people, then I know that they are receiving the same education that I am and that they should be able to speak English just as well as I do. There was a foreign exchange student from Germany that came to my school in our senior year, and she spoke English with better grammar than the majority of the school did. I have known some of these people since Elementary school. They have the ability to speak with proper grammar, but they choose not to because it is considered "cool" here to butcher the English language. I understand that some people learn their speech habits from their parents, but I notice that my own parents make a lot of errors. So, what is their excuse?
@nanciem (1106)
• United States
2 Aug 08
Well, I have noticed my parents do the same. I understand the "cool thing", but reality is that, it really is not "cool" in my eyes anyway. We are educated, I am sure we cannot remember every single thing we are taught during our school years, but proper grammar should not be a thing to forget. How many people forget to ride a bike?
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@Valenas (1510)
• United States
2 Aug 08
One my my closest friends lives in Sweden, and we write back and forth all of the time. But, it is just a rare word here and there, instead of an entire sentence. I notice that most people who are Swedish or grew up in Sweden make the same errors. So, I can understand that sometimes location has a bit to do with how you learn English, but as I said, where I live, they taught us perfect American English, so most people should be able to write and speak it well. I do not believe that it is "cool" either to butcher the language on purpose. In fact, it kind of angers me.
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@nanciem (1106)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Very "cool" response!
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@dpk262006 (56115)
• Delhi, India
7 Aug 08
I try my best to use correct grammer and English, when I post my reply. But even after my best efforts, inadvertent mistakes do occur. If I get to notice my mistakes, soon after submitting my reply, I immediately post the correction too. As far as others are concerned, even if they use incorrect grammer and spelling, I do not take it very seriously, provided I am able to get the meaning of the sentence. I agree with you that not using proper English sometimes could be very irritating.
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@nanciem (1106)
• United States
7 Aug 08
I don't think it matters as much in our postings here on Mylot, the biggest issue I have is when I receive company e-mails that are written very poorly. It can get very bothersome. Thanks for your response! Have a great day!
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@dpk262006 (56115)
• Delhi, India
8 Aug 08
I agree with you that a compnay should be careful while using the correct languague and sending mails to customers.
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• Sweden
7 Aug 08
I dont mind it as long as i can able to understand the sentence then it ok.Anyway it doesnt need to be always right in grammar,I think some of people canĀ“t be really good in grammar like me.But atleast my sentence is understable.
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@nanciem (1106)
• United States
7 Aug 08
Alot of people have this response and it is actually nice to hear (well read) some people are not the best, but if the effort is there.. then fine, but if there is no effort put into it , then yes, it bothers me! Thanks for the response. have a great day!
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@sunita64 (6474)
• India
4 Aug 08
Well I feel all are not lucky to attend schools where teaching of grammer is good, so I do not go crazy about it but if a person happens to be someone near and dear one then I do correct him or her. Though being an Indian I do not expect everyone to be perfect in English language.
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@nanciem (1106)
• United States
7 Aug 08
This is true, and you have a good outlook and acceptance with this matter! Thanks for the reply!
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@reckon21 (3487)
• Philippines
3 Aug 08
I just take notice. I don't judge and criticize especially here on my lot were members are from all over the world. I do made mistakes with grammar from time to time. No matter how hard I tried to perfect my English grammar I just failed. Frustrating but i learned to give my self a break. Nobody is perfect. That's my only consolation.
@nanciem (1106)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Hiya reckon, I just asked as a general Discussion. I myself is such a culprit of Abusing the English Grammar, I like to read different points of views. That is the reason I start discussions.. I am glad you do not judge, that is a great quality. This subject was not meant to feend anyone, nor was it directed at anyone who uses mylot! Sorry if anyone has been offended!
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@skyTears (20)
• Indonesia
3 Aug 08
i will be happy if i find other write in poor grammar, means that im not the only one who often carelessly write in wrong grammar. he he he he.., i often find my classmates also use poor grammar, may be because we do not merely learn about English, but we use English to learn.
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@nanciem (1106)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Interesting statement there!
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• United States
3 Aug 08
No, it doesn't bother me that some people have poor grammar skills except when I absolutely cannot make out what it is that they are trying to say. I will add that some of us are just better at some things and lousy at others. Math is a subject that I will never clearly understand but on the other hand english and writing is something that I excel at.
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@nanciem (1106)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Cool! I myself excel at math and not Writing skills.. isn't it odd how we just grasp things better than others?
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• Philippines
3 Aug 08
Hmm.. I don't think I get irritated with grammatical error cause even me as that incapability, as long as I can understand the thought its fine with me especially if English is not his natural language. But when i encounter those kinds of situation I feel that I need more considerable mental effort to understand that simple sentence.
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@nanciem (1106)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Yes, and I can relate to that. What gets consfusing, well frustrating is when you KNOW someone can, and does speak English on a daily basis as their primary language, they just cannot get out a clear statement, if I have to read back over the same wording 2 times.. guess what.. Delete!
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@kbjunior15 (1309)
• United States
3 Aug 08
It drives me nuts!!! I hate when people cannot use correct grammar. I don't think that there is a spell check on mylot but there is in most email services and on Microsoft Word, etc. Still people send emails where words are spelled wrong and grammar is incorrect. There is no excuse but laziness. All that it takes is pushing a button.
@ruby222 (4848)
3 Aug 08
There are many ocasions when spelling and grammar become a little rough around the deges,but maybe a lot of it is down to rushing the work,we all have time limits and if we feel that we are pushed to meet the limit,then we tend to rush our work,but if the writing or grammar is veru bad then yes it can be a little maddening,but lol im no angel myself!
@nanciem (1106)
• United States
3 Aug 08
You know.. I ahev really never thought of the time constraints.. TY for your view on this!
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@roanne05 (1292)
• Oman
3 Aug 08
i am not irritated as long as i understand it, it would be fine...but when it comes to a point that i don't understand the meaning then i would be a bit irritated. no one is perfect...i also mistakenly use wrong grammar sometimes. it is just like bare with me, i will bare with you!
@nanciem (1106)
• United States
3 Aug 08
I can understand that, I am FAR from perfect especially with Grammar I was just curious
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• Philippines
3 Aug 08
hahahha, really funny. I must say that if we're goin to follow the rules, it really does matter. It is really a big deal. As much as possible we should really learn to use proper grammar. But I still consider the fact that nobody is perfect and I really believe that all things as long as you are eager and willing to learn sure you can do it. Practice and study makes perfect. So excuse it darling, if you feel that he/she is poor in that aspects I guess much better to lend a help...what do you think?
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@nanciem (1106)
• United States
3 Aug 08
I think..... HMMM Best Response right there! KUDOS!
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@jewilim (495)
• Philippines
3 Aug 08
I do feel the same sometimes. Especially when the topic really interests me and when i read the contents it is full of wrong grammars making it very hard to understand. I myself also am not that good in grammar but at least i try my best trying to write in terms other people might also understand the things I'm trying to say. :)
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@nanciem (1106)
• United States
3 Aug 08
OK Key word.. We "TRY" we may not be geniuses.. can't even spell that but we know what sounds correct, and what does not.
• United States
3 Aug 08
Hey poor grammar like in writing doesn't bother me, but when people speak like hicks and make almost no sense what so ever it kills me, i have so minor writing grammatical errors most of the time so that doesn't bother me, but speaking it should be correct.
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@nanciem (1106)
• United States
3 Aug 08
That's interesting.. when I hear someone speaking.. I typically don't focus on the grammar, it whe I sit and read it.. UH that bugs me.. LOl Am I nutsola?
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• United States
3 Aug 08
improper grammar bothers me to a certain extent. i don't bother to capitalize [obviously], but i hate it when people talk like this: I lUV dIS sTuFF. h3'S lYKe S0 hAWt laWLZZZ
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• United States
3 Aug 08
Hi Nanciem! Poor grammer doesn't bother me most of time, unless it's really bad. I have gotten text messages and e-mails that I wasn't even able to read! That really annoys me. I agree, it definatly annoys me when people use double negatives and make no sense! I will admit, I abbreviate things sometimes, but I least try to make sense. Take care!
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@nanciem (1106)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Hi Kellyann! That is what irritates most people, is when we cannot understand what they are trying to say. Sometimes I feel like asking; HELLO are we speaking the same language?.. And the scary part is just that, people who take English upon as a second language have better grammar skills then we do (we being the U.S)
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@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Actually, for me its the poor grammar here that drives me nuts. I realize that many many of our myLotters are from other countries and english isn't their first language, so I try and overlook it. But sometimes I read a sentence or paragraph that some people type and I can't even make sense of it. They use the totally wrong words, many are mispelled and alot don't even bother with puncuation at all. Again, I mean no offense, but it does get irritating to me. I'm not perfect and I often have typos, but some of these posts I can't even understand the grammar is so bad.
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@nanciem (1106)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.. need I say more?
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