Proper grammar and spelling make our posts readable and our arguments persuasive. Poor grammar and spelling make our arguments and posts weaker. To help increase the level of our discourse, I want to point out some common errors I found in a recent thread, along with solutions to those problems. Identifying information has been removed from the quotes.
I have also attached a short grammar and word use guide called "Texan's Guide to Proper Grammar and Word Use" if anybody is interested. It is just two pages highlighting some common mistakes. I also highly recommend the book On Writing Well by William K. Zinsser. Also keep a dictionary and a thesaurus around.
I realize many of you will probably hate this or think I am being too picky. But all I am really doing is asking for everybody to take a few extra seconds or minutes to re-read and clean-up their posts. If we clean up our writing, then our discussions will improve dramatically. We will have less misunderstandings and more civil discussions.
Even if nobody uses this information while posting here, perhaps some of you will find it helpful in business, professional, and scholarly writing. Remember that your only contact with many people will be through your writing. If you write well, you are more likely to convince them that you are credible. And that they should do what you ask.
I would of slammed the door
I doubt it. You would have slammed the door.
And lets try to re-frame from calling [a person]
Instead, let us refrain from calling somebody and re-frame the picture.
sounds like a great add
What are you adding it to? It sounds like a great ad.
the system cant be perfect
But our grammar can be. Apostrophe in can't.
Those are THE worse [people]
Are you sure they are not the worst? Or are those people worse than some but better than others?
surrounding them entering your home without either a)your permission nor b)probable cause to believe a felony was in progress.
Either and or go together, either and nor do not.