Grammar vs. Writing style: Agree or disagree?

Grammar vs. Writing style: Agree or disagree? Topic: Grammar vs. Writing style: Agree or disagree?
April 19, 2019 / By Ahern
Question: I was on a message board earlier today, the topic was writing, and someone was complaining about what they thought was their lack of skill with comma's and semicolons, wishing they were better. In the discussion, someone made a comment that grammar is only as wrong as your writing style. Does anyone agree with that? Hmm. . .I don't think I expressed this question correctly. I don't think the person was referring to severe grammatical errors.
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Sunday Sunday | 8 days ago
While Emily Dickinson is known for creative grammar, its not something one can neglect. Poetry can get away with it more, but it is still essential for authors to convey meaning to their readers. Grammar is as important as correct word usage. Dear John vs. John Deere (Men tend to like the second and not the first.) I need Cheryl. vs. I need, Cheryl. (Very different sentences with one simple comma. The first is likely said about Cheryl. The second is likely said to Cheryl. A simple comma changes the sentence's meaning without context.) Writing communities are often wonderful places to discuss writing. is a good one. Here are more:
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Sunday Originally Answered: Do you agree or disagree with capital punishment?
People assume that families of murder victims want the death penalty imposed. It isn't necessarily so. Some are against it on moral grounds. But even families who have supported the death penalty in principle have testified to the protracted and unavoidable damage that the death penalty process does to families like theirs and that life without parole is an appropriate alternative. For the worst crimes, life without parole is better, for many reasons. I’m against the death penalty not because of sympathy for criminals but because it isn’t effective in reducing crime, prolongs the anguish of families of murder victims, costs a whole lot more than life in prison, and, worst of all, risks executions of innocent people. The worst thing about it. Errors: The system can make tragic mistakes. In 2004, the state of Texas executed Cameron Todd Willingham for starting the fire that killed his children. The Texas Forensic Science Commission found that the arson testimony that led to his conviction was based on flawed science. As of today, 138 wrongly convicted people on death row have been exonerated. DNA is rarely available in homicides, often irrelevant (as in Willingham’s case) and can’t guarantee we won’t execute innocent people. Capital juries are dominated by people who favor the death penalty and are more likely to vote to convict. Keeping killers off the streets for good: Life without parole, on the books in most states, also prevents reoffending. It means what it says, and spending the rest of your life locked up, knowing you’ll never be free, is no picnic. Two big advantages: -an innocent person serving life can be released from prison -life without parole costs less than the death penalty Costs, a surprise to many people: Study after study has found that the death penalty is much more expensive than life in prison. Since the stakes are so high, the process is far more complex than for any other kind of criminal case. The largest costs come at the pre-trial and trial stages. These apply whether or not the defendant is convicted, let alone sentenced to death. Crime reduction (deterrence): The death penalty doesn't keep us safer. Homicide rates for states that use the death penalty are consistently higher than for those that don’t. The most recent FBI data confirms this. For people without a conscience, fear of being caught is the best deterrent. Who gets it: The death penalty isn't reserved for the worst crimes, but for defendants with the worst lawyers. It doesn't apply to people with money. Practically everyone sentenced to death had to rely on an overworked public defender. How many people with money have been executed?? It comes down to whether we should keep the death penalty system for the sake of the only two purposes it serves: retribution and revenge.

Rae Rae
No. Grammar encompasses more than just where you place a comma. It's makes your writing clear. I don't have any examples, but I catch bad grammar in my own writing where you can't tell who is doing what. Is Sally tending the garden or is John tending the garden? Bad grammar can make simple things like that unclear. Is Sally tending the garden or is sally tending John? Bad grammar can make something like that confusing. That's why grammar is important. Also, proper use of commas and such makes it clear, too. Most writers can't pull off a Cormac McCarthy. He makes it work but only because it's CLEAR without the commas and quotation marks around speech. Most writers aren't that good. So, no, good grammar goes far beyond writing style. You need to be good at it if you want to write something worth reading. Just sayin!
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Melisa Melisa
You need proper grammar and punctuation to be sure to convey proper meaning. This is the simplest example I know have and I am sure you may have heard this. "Let's eat Grandma!" versus "Let's eat, Grandma!" The first one is incorrect since it means they are going to eat their Grandma. The second one is correct since it means they are talking to their Grandma. Without the comma the sentence could be misread and throw the reader for a loop.
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Leeann Leeann
I'm a bit unsure of what you're asking. Writing style cannot be "wrong." I hate bad grammar--in books, in rough drafts, on Post-Its.
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Jojo Jojo
hmmm... it is true that you can have perfect grammar and horrible writing... and you can have the opposite... i think the basic rules of grammar should be followed, but there are some "rules" in grammar that are more preference that actual rule. it's really annoying when you're computer underlines things like that
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Jojo Originally Answered: Do you agree or disagree with any of these feminists quotes on rape?
"I believe that women have a capacity for understanding and compassion which a man structurally does not have, does not have it because he cannot have it. He's just incapable of it." -- Former Congresswoman Barbara Jordan ---This is a ridiculously sexist statement. I know far more compassionate guys than girls. Remember the stereotype that girls stab eachother in the back far more often than guys do. "All men are rapists and that's all they are" -- Marilyn French, Author, "The Women's Room" ---No. "Men who are unjustly accused of rape can sometime gain from the experience," said Catherine Comins, Vassar College Assistant Dean of Student Life in Time. ---WTF, absolutely not. What is there to gain? A hatred and distrust of women maybe, nothing else. "I claim that rape exists any time sexual intercourse occurs when it has not been initiated by the woman, out of her own genuine affection and desire." -- Robin Morgan ---Who cares who initiates it? As long as both agree to it it's not rape. "Heterosexual intercourse is the pure, formalized expression of contempt for women's bodies." -- Andrea Dworkin ---She must clearly be gay, and also have a belief that no woman in this world wants or enjoys sex. I can personally assure you from my own experience that this is not the case. "In a patriarchal society, all heterosexual intercourse is rape because women, as a group, are not strong enough to give meaningful consent," said Catherine MacKinnon in Professing Feminism: Cautionary Tales from the Strange World of Women's Studies. ---See answer above. Assuming what women get no pleasure from sex and couldn't possibly want it. I know many girls who complain that their boyfriends aren't horny enough for them! >_> "And if the professional rapist is to be separated from the average dominant heterosexual [male], it may be mainly a quantitative difference." -- Susan Griffin "Rape: The All-American Crime" ---So do all dominant heterosexual women rape their boyfriends then, by that definition, or what? "The institution of sexual intercourse is anti-feminist" -- Ti-Grace Atkinson "Amazon Odyssey" (p. 86) ---Well done. Why is it you want the human race to become extinct, incidentally? "[Rape] is nothing more or less than a conscious process of intimidation by which all men keep all women in a state of fear" -- Susan Brownmiller (Against Our Will p. 6) ---Same again. I can promise you, there are actually women out there who enjoy sex and get just as miserable as most guys do if they don't get it. "When a woman reaches orgasm with a man she is only collaborating with the patriarchal system, eroticizing her own oppression..." -- Sheila Jeffrys ---Is this some woman who can't orgasm? Because I'm pretty sure a lot of girls out there would claim that an orgasm is in fact one of the best feelings in the world. All of those quotes are pure, unadulterated drivel.

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