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Opinion - March 14, 2008

Talking Points

Good grammar should not be relegated to one day a year

Darn. I had National Grammar Day marked on my calendar March 4 but was so busy working, it completely slipped my mind.

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Gina Channell-Allen, a 20-year journalism veteran, is the president of the East Bay division of Embarcadero Publishing Company, president of the Pleasanton Weekly and publisher of the Danville Weekly. Send questions to


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 14, 2008 at 9:38 am

It would be nice if grammar were taught better in school and good grammar were promoted more for the sake of clear communication. That desire though needs to be tempered by the realization that language changes. My linguistics study in college biased me towards this realization. English especially is hard to codify due to all the variations and dialects. Most English grammar taught in school isn't even the same as how people speak and write anymore. For example, schools teach that adverbs come after the verbs (at least when I was in school). I hardly know anyone who speaks that way (I know hardly!?). Gina, you broke this rule yourself when you wrote, "I obviously missed National Grammar Day".

BTW, comma overuse to me is a punctuation issue and not a grammar problem.

Posted by get real, a resident of California Somerset
on Mar 19, 2008 at 9:16 am

Another example of someone that has to be RIGHT about EVEYTHING. go get a flipping life