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24 April 2008 @ 06:35 pm
Mini-Rant about Grammar  
Geez. What is it with undergrads and their inability to use words properly (and their inability to write professional emails, the subject of a future rant)? I got an email today asking me about what Indian expats in Dubai do on "there day off" and whether "they enjoy there life in Dubai." Every quarter, after grading the first set of papers or tests, I have to do a little lesson on the difference between it's and its; and on the difference between they're, there, and their; among other things. To students in a competitive university! This says a lot about the state of education in the US, I guess, but also points to a general laziness among students in their (notice the use of that word) writing and communication styles. Oh, well. I sound like a geezer, and one of my most beloved professors recently wrote on one of my dissertation chapters, "learn how to use a comma," so I guess I am no better. (Please feel free to point out improper comma use and general bad grammar in this post if you would like, btw.)

End rant.

PS - Students, if you want me to answer your emails, learn my name, dammit! I am not Nora, Voran, Vera, or whatever the name of the other South Asian TA that quarter happens to be!

Ok. seriously. end rant.
:-)tessa2787 on April 25th, 2008 04:32 am (UTC)
lol..i was turned off by the misuse of too and to and there and their by an american guy i was dating. it disconcerted me...i wanted sooooo bad to correct him but English isnt even my first language..so there!
susan smitten: Being A Postchu_hi on April 26th, 2008 09:45 am (UTC)
Spelling is really hard for some people, no matter how well read they are. I think it's funny, because it's so easy for me. I know some brilliant people who can't spell third-grade level words.

There's no excuse for getting your name wrong, though! Sheesh!
ext_58164 on April 29th, 2008 07:51 am (UTC)
Loose/lose is the one that drives me batty.
(Anonymous) on May 9th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
sadly, it's adults in the corporate world too who make this mistake all the time and never believe me when i discuss the difference between "its" and "it's"