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Important Lessons In Grammar

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“A man's grammar, like Caesar's wife, should not only be pure, but above suspicion of impurity.”

Edgar Allan Poe

Do you think 'anytime' and any time have the same meaning? Well, if you think yes, then you’re wrong. But don’t worry, you’re not the only one who feels this way. These two words may sound the same but the use of a space between any and time completely changes the meaning of the word. Even some accomplished writers sometimes find these two words confusing. And there are many such words.

According to the Huffington Post, grammar is the foundation for communication. The better the grammar, the clearer the message, and the possibility of its meaning being understood. This is what communication is all about.

For some of us, there’s nothing more irritating than blatant grammar, pronunciation and language mistakes, irrespective of who is making it. Luckily, most of us can correct such errors made by our own children, but with most everybody else, we have to hold our tongues, says Grammarly.

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