Learning English as children growing up in America (or New Zealand, England, or Australia, I imagine) is easy. The words and grammar just seem to flow into our ears and fall out of our mouths. We don’t think about it much. Learning English formally in school, though, is another story.
Suddenly we have all these terms and rules to learn that make this native tongue, that we thought we had down, very confusing. But we struggle through, and we do learn the rules, whether they make sense to us or not. And as adults, we diligently use them in our writing in the hopes that we don’t come across as idiots.
Have you noticed though, that the way we communicate formally (whether spoken or written) has gotten more casual over the last few decades, and a lot of people seem to be ignoring many of these rules? In fact, in some media outlets, a blog for example, a more rule-based formal style can come off as stodgy and pretentious. [Read more…] about Be a Better Medical Blogger by Breaking These 5 Grammar Rules