Is grammar important?

Subject: Is grammar important?
From: Toni Williams TPG/SG <towilliams -at- PROCYONGROUP -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 09:51:31 -0700

Tony Markatos wrote:
>To all Technical Writers:

>Is good grammar important for effective technical communications?
>six months ago, I read a book on procedures writing that said "Numerous
>studies have concluded that there is no correlation at all between
>effective technical communications and grammar".

I cannot credit the validity of this statement. Grammar, along with
spelling and punctuation, are the tools we use to communicate clearly.
If these elements are not used correctly (i.e., as accepted and expected
by the audience), communication will not be clear nor will information
be disseminated. To be blunter :-), imo this is unmitigated nonsense.
(What studies??)

Toni Clark Williams
The Procyon Group
Documentation Department


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