Talk:Most Common Writing Errors

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I'm thinking we might want to change this to "Most Common Grammar Errors", as spelling errors would otherwise be on the list, and I wonder why they aren't. DavidCalman 23:29, 25 January 2013 (EST)

Perhaps the list could also be expanded to include poor organization and other writing errors (to the extent that such errors can be classified into rules like spelling and grammar rules). I know that Mr. Schlafly, as someone who has legal training, appreciates the art of communicating a difficult-to-comprehend point persuasively, clearly, accurately, and succinctly. GregG 00:00, 26 January 2013 (EST)
I think it may cause some ructions, Greg. Keeping certain Administrators to the laws of English may be abridge too far. (As I think you knew when you wrote the above :-)) I am also reminded of Churchill's great put down of grammatical orthodoxy: "Ending a sentence with a preposition is the sort of thing up with which I shall not put." And we have continental divides - America, Britain, NZ. Australia, FNQ. It's not long ago I stopped having to slap down frequent assaults on my own spelling. Then what do we do with such as User:Alex00? A Conservapedia style manual would not be worth the effort, I'm afraid. AlanE 00:51, 26 January 2013 (EST)
I am not convinced that all the so-called grammar rules are all that helpful. 'Not ending a sentence with a preposition' is one that I would single out as being marginal at best. Often, attempts to comply with this rule leave sentences unclear and unwieldy. Here is one take on the issue [1] In any case, I suggest that the article reflect the fact that opinion is divided on the merits of many of these "rules". --DamianJohn 01:32, 26 January 2013 (EST)
I think we've said sorta the same thing in two different ways which proves our point, don't you think? AlanE 01:40, 26 January 2013 (EST)
Yeah, although I was purposely being a bit more blunt about it. I have found being direct works better here. What do you think of the first rule? I must admit I prefer the "wrong" sentence to the "correct" one. --DamianJohn 01:42, 26 January 2013 (EST)