On Wed, 29 Jul 2015, anne-ology wrote:
grammar skillfully employed procures meaningful communication,
[see below for comments to your comments]
yes, 'skillful' is not the same as 'proper'.
or let's put it this way, 'proper' is ambiguous. it could mean
'according to some accepted standard' or it could be 'adept'.
an act of communication can be 'improper' but apt or 'proper' but
some think 'the King and me' is 'improper' and should be 'the King and
I'. aside from reasons of gentility they are equally fit to purpose.
[pardon the deletions]
Without good communication skills, then how can anyone be a part of
any community ???
I doubt 'good communication skills' require 'proper' grammar.
[well, how would you punctuate this sentence? -
Woman without her man is helpless
(yes, it's an old time example used by probably every English
instructor since ... )
It could be 'Woman, without her man, is helpless.' or 'Woman:
without her, man is helpless.']
the spoken sentences would be unambiguous.
here are some other punctuations:
Woman! without her man is helpless.
Woman - without her, man is helpless.
some grammar 'authority' will favor one, some another. it is pointless
to dispute such religious questions.
speaking of which: to me it's anathema how Brits sprinkle commas all
over their sentences; after all they aren't Germans!
Fashions have done more harm than revolutions.
-- Victor Hugo
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