"The world is a dangerous place for a grammar despot. You cannot read your Facebook news feed or page through the grocery ads without being assaulted with crimes against grammar. When you see 'fewer' in the place of 'less' or 'you’re' in the place of 'your,' you feel your blood pressure rise. Conventions of writing make you feel comfortable and secure. You have a message for anyone who writes anything: Please follow grammar rules."This doesn't seem too surprising for an English Professor, but following the basic rules of good writing is important for more than just passing composition. I have a love/hate relationship with grammar. Getting too hung up on the rules can stifle creativity, but when you make common errors, like using the wrong form of its or it's or there, their, and they're it makes you look . . . yes, I'll just say it, STUPID.
But who cares?
Hmmm, think about it. When you apply for a job upon graduation many times the only thing that separates you from the rest of the pack is your resume. If you don't take the time to proofread your introduction (a resume is your introduction), what does that say about you?
You don't need to become a Grammar Nerd (see graphic), but when a mistake is highlighted on one of your papers, you should probably take the time to think about it. Believe me, most teachers only point out the most egregious errors, or errors that you commit over and over and over again.
I will admit when I was a college student I thought that "daily" was spelled "dailey." It wasn't until I got my first job and had to produce the "Dailey Memo" that someone pointed out my error. I was so embarrassed and grateful at the same time.
Do you think grammar matters? What grammar errors have you corrected over the course of your writing career?