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5 Reasons Why English Grammar Is So Difficult

October 30, 2017

A reader just caught a mistake on a blog post that I wrote a few days ago. It kind of ticks me off because I stared at that post for a long time before I actually put it on the blog, and I still didn’t catch the mistake until it was pointed out to me. It was a weird grammar rule that few people know about and is hardly ever used, but I understand the basics of it and should have noticed the error.

Anyway, even though I have a job that has nothing to do with reading and writing, I’m pretty good at both. Even so, I have a tough time with grammar sometimes.

At least I know I’m not alone.

Dysfunctional Literacy

Don't let them fool you. Even they struggle with grammar. (image via wikimedia) Don’t let them fool you. They struggle with grammar just like the rest of us. (image via wikimedia)

English grammar can be tough.  Even people who enjoy reading and writing have a difficult time getting all the rules right.  When I was in college, I got careless with a composition and messed up a bunch of “its” and “it’s.”  My writing instructor admonished me, saying I couldn’t be successful in a writing profession by making basic mistakes.

At the time, I knew the rules, but I also knew I had a tendency to get careless, so I ended up going into a profession that has nothing to do with writing.  It’s my fault I didn’t choose a writing profession.  But almost everybody struggles with grammar, so if I blame grammar for my problems, almost everybody will agree with me.

Below are five perfectly good, rational reasons that explain why English grammar is…

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