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  • Aashish

    Aashish

    MemberFeb 4, 2014

    Rant: English grammar going down the hill?

    Is it just me or has the grammar gone down the hill in recent times?

    I regularly come across people that have a hard time forming simple sentences - these are college graduates with "work experience" mind you. 😭

    I remember our English teacher used to really make us work hard. Is it the schools, is it the people or am I just overreacting? 👀
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  • Ankita Katdare

    AdministratorFeb 4, 2014

    I feel that ignorance and the attitude of paying-no-heed to perfection is the reason.
    Poorly constructed English sentences are such a turn down.

    People don't seem to enjoy purity for some reason. 👎
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  • Kaustubh Katdare

    AdministratorFeb 4, 2014

    Frankly speaking - English is the language of administration than communication for the people who aren't native English speakers. You can get 100% of your work done even with just a few words in English; and I've experienced it. One of the Chinese colleague (fellow blogger) on my <a href="https://www.crazyengineers.com/threads/once-in-a-lifetime-2-0-all-expenses-paid-trip-to-israel-follow-the-big-k.47247">Once In A Lifetime 2.0 - All Expenses Paid Trip To Israel - Follow The Big K!</a> couldn't speak English - but language never became the barrier. Not many of my Israeli friends were fluent in English; but they were already designing chips for top-notch telecom companies and writing code for Google.

    The point is - not knowing grammar doesn't 'stop' anything.

    Second point: English isn't a perfect language itself. The language itself can't justify why 'put' and 'but' are pronounced the way they are.

    I've stopped bothering about English skills; except when 'Good English' is the basic requirement. For example, we're very strict on our bloggers about their English writing skills. But when speaking or during general conversations I'm not bothered. I'm not a grammar ninja myself; and don't intend to become one.

    Unfortunately, the importance we give to English is 'stupid'. We should learn from China, Japan, Germany, Israel and several small countries that put their own language in front of English (a foreign language). It hasn't become an obstacle in their progress. Why should we be bothered about our English skills?
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  • Kaustubh Katdare

    AdministratorFeb 4, 2014

    Ankita Katdare
    People don't seem to enjoy purity for some reason. 👎
    You know Sanskrit. I've been told it's grammatically correct language and a few German and American Universities have accepted it as 'the language' to learn.
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  • Anand Tamariya

    MemberFeb 7, 2014

    Culture is going down the hill. Music (in general, Arts) is going downhill. Religion is going downhill. Then is it any wonder that English grammar is going downhill.

    When the general attitude of people is that anything goes, then this state of decadence should come as no surprise.
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  • Abhishek Rawal

    MemberFeb 7, 2014

    When I was in 10th grade, my Sanskrit teacher told me that German is fork of Sanskrit. She was learning German at that time. But, since I am a Science student, I only believe in proof.
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