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Harper Kingsley ([personal profile] harperkingsley) wrote2015-12-08 02:36 am
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I don't know how to use punctuation. It was something that I was supposedly taught, but that half th

I don't know how to use punctuation. It was something that I was supposedly taught, but that half the time I fake my way through using.

I thank the stars that I have a good sense of spelling. Being able to form words is a true gift. Universal literacy is something every country should strive for.

[identity profile] aubergineautumn.livejournal.com 2015-12-08 11:58 am (UTC)(link)
A03 is a grammatical horror show these days. I rarely bother correcting, unless I think the author's story is superb. Him, he, his, himself- I don't know what happened, but it seems like the public school system didn't teach how to use these pronouns correctly. I really do think Common Core curriculum was to blame, as well as the move away from the King James version of the bible, as well as the Catholic church dropping Latin from the Sunday masses.

Specifically, the under 45 cohort has problems with him/he/his/himself usage, with atrocities increasing among the younger populace. Forget using any semi-fancy grammar, like learnt, hast, whom, thou, etc. It just doesn't happen in fanfic of younger authors anymore. If you do find someone using it in their writing, they have a tendency to either be English majors or members of a Lutheran church still using liturgy and the King James bible.

Anyway, I have completely given up on fanfic grammar, I'll maybe correct authors that I think are actually going to be published, that's it. I think for most people, grammar is something you learn early or not at all. It's very hard to acquire as an adult, although it can be done.