Do the Grammar Police Inhibit Progress?

You are right that there is no central clearing house for the rules of grammar. The rules vary from necessary (for clarity) to arbitrary (by convention) but except for some edge cases they are 99% agreed upon. Clearly, the rules will evolve over time, but at any given point in time/locale, they do exist. The question is whether or not following the rules matters. Right or wrong, people do use grammar as a litmus test for intelligence, attention to detail. I have to admit that whenever I read something like “Your going to see alot of me irregardless of…” I cringe, and assume the writer is an idiot. If you are communicating informally between friends, or don’t care what people think of you, feel free to use whatever grammar you see fit. But if you want your resume, angry letter, or online comments to be taken seriously, sticking to the ‘rules’ of grammar is a good idea. And ...

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