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  1. ProducerSusan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    Thursday Thought: Some Punctuation Rules Make NO Sense!
    Thursday Thought: Some Punctuation Rules Make NO Sense!We all live by some rulesโ€Šโ€”โ€Šlegal, financial, societalโ€Šโ€”โ€Šand we do know what weโ€™re supposed to do because of them. We stop at red lights, we pay our bills, we say please and thank you, and we take care of our families.But in the world of American...
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    siraj shaik
    15/09/2017 #9 siraj shaik
    @Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess interesting insights from a maestro (or should I use "master or mentor". Correct me). "Rather having defined character limit, still I have much space to write. Where as at some other comment space does not provide lengthy conversations to type. Because of limited character limit. And another aspect "to keep in stream by responding instantly and also at same time keep following shared text by others" (reference chat apps engagement either to individual responses or in group exchanging discussion". Mayb the reeson (typo's occur) and to keep in pace, find the best ways expressing the sentence so that other(s) easily know what I had written". In finding the best ways to cut short a longer sentence or to keep pace along with others in group (I may not only overlook the auto dictionary feature, using an emoji will save me characters). Can these be reasons of why and more often grammatically correct sentences not much in use and diminishing. W ho to blame remains a choice to ignore.
    John Rylance
    15/09/2017 #8 John Rylance
    @Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess, I'm not an ace at punctuation. I know many things I should and should not do grammar wise. The important thing is whether what you write is what you want to or intend saying.
    I did put my nit picking hat on and wondered if when you typed Thanks for sharing Susan you meant to put either a full stop or perhaps an ! ( do I need a full stop here after the !?)
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    15/09/2017 #7 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    You know, @Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess, I was having a great day until I had to think about apostrophes, especially the singles. Use of single apostrophes has always been a bit confusing to me. Thank you for your dedication to keeping my grammar in check.
    Sandra Smith
    14/09/2017 #6 Sandra Smith
    See, to me the punctuation outside the quotations looks wrong. I notice some broadsheets do this, however!
    Phil Friedman
    14/09/2017 #5 Phil Friedman
    Great fun, Susan. I have to raise a "correction", though. Single "quotes" are used to "mention" words when they are not being "used". For example, as when I write the word 'five' is composed of four letters. This is independent of whether the occurrence is inside or outside the normal quote marks. "Scare quotes" are double and used when a word is being used, but on wants to indicate it is being used in an ironic or otherwise non-committal manner -- as when I might say the is a "grown up" woman. I agree that "nested" quotes always alternate from the outside inward, starting with double quotes, then single, then double, etc. Cheers!
    David B. Grinberg
    14/09/2017 #4 David B. Grinberg
    Thanks for another helpful grammar checkup, Susan. Most people don't realize their grammar mistakes until it's too late, which is especially unfortunate when applying for jobs via cover letters, CV and other written communication like emails or correspondence.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    14/09/2017 #3 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Confession time: I always forget these rules. I simply avoid the need for them in editing.

    Re: Commas in or out of quotes... maybe you're a closet coder, Susan. Commas always go outside the quotes in every programming language I ever heard of.
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    14/09/2017 #2 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    And thanks for sharing the post in another hive, @Kevin Pashuk! I very m uch appreciate that!
    Kevin Pashuk
    14/09/2017 #1 Kevin Pashuk
    Thanks for sharing, Susan! You see I avoided the dastardly comma splice.
  2. David B. Grinberg
    This buzz comes with a special shout out to our resident "Grammar Goddess" @Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess -- who vs. whom...
    David B. Grinberg
    How to remember who vs. whom
    www.cjr.org In the nearly nine years we have been writing this column, we have never explicitly discussed the difference between โ€œwhoโ€ and โ€œwhom.โ€ One reason is that few people care anymore. They havenโ€™t cared for some time. As our predecessor, Evan Jenkins,...
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  3. ProducerSusan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    Wednesday Words: Who and Whom
    Wednesday Words: Who and WhomFrom what I've seen over the 20+ years I've been helping business professionals (re)learn the finer points of American grammar, very few folks know how to use who and whom.Seriously. You probably do not. So I thought I'd see if a post on just these...
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    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    26/03/2017 #20 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    Hey, @Todd Jones! Thanks so much for sharing the post!
    Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    26/03/2017 #19 Joyce ๐Ÿ Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    When all else fails me, I use Grammerly. It points out the stupid mistakes I make when I forget the rules or cannot really decipher them.
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    26/03/2017 #18 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #17 So glad I could help you, @Todd Jones!
    Todd Jones
    25/03/2017 #17 Todd Jones
    Thank you so much, Susan. After 50 years, I finally understand the proper usage! Great post.
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    31/12/2016 #16 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    #15 He has a great sense of humor and a good poet, as well. I haven't read his post about the camels but will get to it today.
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    31/12/2016 #15 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #9 Oh my yes, @Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador! He is -- and did you see his post on camels? I laughed all the way through, @Ken Boddie just tickles my funny bone.
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    30/12/2016 #14 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #8 @Ken Boddie, I always look forward to seeing what you'll write . . . love this one, and thanks for sending me the laugh!
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    30/12/2016 #13 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #11 I am NEVER going to agree with could of or should of, @John Rylance! NEVAH! Have a wonderful New Year's, and thanks for always commenting on my posts. I really appreciate it.
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    30/12/2016 #12 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #5 Many thanks, Jared, for the share and the kind words. Always happy to help!
    John Rylance
    29/12/2016 #11 John Rylance
    For interest, sad person that I am, I looked up who and whom in my dictionary. (Note to self get a life John)
    To get to the point it succinctly laid out what Susan explained, finishing with this statement.
    In modern English there are many speakers who rarely use whom at all, employing who in all contexts; today this use is broadly accepted in standard English.
    The thin end of the wedge? It will be should have/of, along with would and could have/of next. Where will it end?
    Jim Saelzler
    29/12/2016 #10 Jim Saelzler
    To whom it may concern:

    I highly recommend Susan Rooks for whatever grammar problems that ail you.

    Cordially,

    ...
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    29/12/2016 #9 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Thank you, Susan for our who/whom lesson. Did anyone notice, Ken Boddie is such a hoot?
    Ken Boddie
    29/12/2016 #8 Ken Boddie
    Your owl friend looks very sad and lonely, Susan. I would suggest that he needs a girlfriend, but I fear he may not have the wit to woo. ๐Ÿ˜‚
    Ken Boddie
    29/12/2016 #7 Ken Boddie
    Perhaps we should look to Whom's Whom for celebrities, Susan? ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Phil Friedman
    29/12/2016 #6 Phil Friedman
    Great piece, as usual, Susan. Grammar made palatable by filtering out presumption and self-satisfaction. One point, though, if I may. On #5, if one properly rewrites the sentence to "To who/whom were you talking?", not only will one's prose sound better (although perhaps slightly less colloquial) but the who/whom answer will become obvious. Cheers and best wishes for a healthy, happy, prosperous New Year.
    Jared ๐Ÿ Wiese
    28/12/2016 #5 Jared ๐Ÿ Wiese
    Wonderful post, Susan. I thought I knew a thing or two about who/whom, but you've taught us such better ways! Thank you very much.
    One side note, for hack #1, it seems that people often do the opposite - using whom when unsure. So that alone is sure to help many!

    Sharing to Twitter...
    Joshua Byron
    28/12/2016 #4 Joshua Byron
    You are doing a great service to society!
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    28/12/2016 #3 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    @John White, MBA and @Milos Djukic, thanks for sharing my post!
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    28/12/2016 #2 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #1 @debasish majumder, I am very glad I helped!
  4. ProducerAlexa Steele

    Alexa Steele

    06/09/2016
    I am not the grammar police. But...
    I am not the grammar police. But...Grammar matters. A lot. โ€œI will revert back to you Monday.โ€Those words shouldnโ€™t have caused me any anxiety. But at least one of them did. I think it goes back to my school days. You see, Iโ€™m a terrible speller. Always have been. In elementary...
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    Alexa Steele
    26/10/2016 #16 Alexa Steele
    #15 Try Grammarly. It's a free browser plugin that will do a good job a checking your spelling and an OK job of checking your grammar in almost any text editor, including comments.
    David Lisle
    26/10/2016 #15 David Lisle
    What bugs me is that unless I write in a text editor before I post on BeBee or LinkedIn and I make a mistake my only choice is to delete it and start over; editing is not enabled.
    Henri Galvรฃo
    27/09/2016 #14 Henri Galvรฃo
    Of all the things mentioned, I think it's in fact, above all, a matter of professionalism. If people double check graphs, why shouldn't they double check grammar too?
    Alexa Steele
    26/09/2016 #13 Alexa Steele
    #12 Thank you, @Javier ๐Ÿ beBee. Have I mentioned how much I love beBee? The community feedback I get here is unparalleled.
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    26/09/2016 #12 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    #11 I am doing it for you :)
    Kevin Pashuk
    26/09/2016 #11 Kevin Pashuk
    I wish I could mark this as 'Relevant' again...
    Alexa Steele
    11/09/2016 #10 Alexa Steele
    #6 Ah, but if every professional were a master wordsmith they wouldn't need me! I only regret how few professionals truly value professional writing, and I cringe at how many overestimate their own skill at it.
    Alexa Steele
    11/09/2016 #9 Alexa Steele
    #3 "Somebody once said that it was important to know the rules so that you know which to break and when." Amen to that.

    I know what you mean about people trying to sound smart, but I don't believe that is what happened here. Just a simple mistake.
    Alexa Steele
    11/09/2016 #8 Alexa Steele
    #2 Thank you, Don. I suspect a lot of things blamed on auto-correct that are just honest mistakes.
    Alexa Steele
    11/09/2016 #7 Alexa Steele
    #1 I just started using Grammarly.
    Kevin Pashuk
    06/09/2016 #6 Kevin Pashuk
    I tend to use the phrase "Grammar Particularian" over "Grammar Cop". I don't enforce good grammar, but I do wince inside when I see misuse. Language is a tool in business and relationships, and professionals should be master craftspeople with those tools.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    06/09/2016 #5 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #4 Just your average Canuck back from the Long Weekend From Hell
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    06/09/2016 #3 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Somebody once said that it was important to know the rules so that you know which to break and when.

    Too many people misuse words as intelli-speak (they think it sounds smarter, when it really doesn't) "Revert back" is one such. "Utilize" is another.

    Both make professional wordsmiths' skin crawl.

    If he reverts to you that means he becomes you again. Has he ever been you? How, then, can he become you again? Is there substantial surgery involved? Perhaps a time machine?
    Dahna Chandler
    06/09/2016 #1 Dahna Chandler
    Even long-time journalists and professional writers like me need help, which is why I use Grammarly to make sure I'm on point.
  5. Ben Pinto

    Ben Pinto

    15/08/2016
    @Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess, I was out wandering the other day and I started wondering what is correct. "Get off of the boat," sounds ok, until you put it to a test. "get on the boat/get off the boat." "I am American," or, "I am an American." Ben Pinto
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    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    16/08/2016 #8 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    #7 LOL!
    Ben Pinto
    16/08/2016 #7 Ben Pinto
    The guy that invented the World Wide Web says it's global warming. I doubt he got one of two wrong. :) #6
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    16/08/2016 #6 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    #5 We've had a summer similar to Floridian summers since July and it brings back memories. The humidity w/temps too hot/thick air to enjoy being outdoors. I'd love to live in Florida or even the Carolina's in the late Fall-early winter @Ben Pinto
    Ben Pinto
    15/08/2016 #5 Ben Pinto
    #4Lisa, that is the story of my summer. IT HAS BEEN BRUTAL. Humidity and heat and the only reprieve is when it rains for three or more days straight. Then the temperatures start to drop.
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    15/08/2016 #4 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    #3 I remember walking with my kids at Johns Pass about 15 years ago. It was probably 95 degrees and we weren't able to enjoy all the sights because it was so hot and humid that day. Beautiful area though @Ben Pinto
    Ben Pinto
    15/08/2016 #3 Ben Pinto
    #2 Thank you Lisa. I took this picture about 9 years ago in Redington Beach, just north of John's Pass. The condo building was across the street from the beach front. So this was facing the bay.
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    15/08/2016 #2 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    #1 I like the photo @Ben Pinto and your questions!
    Ben Pinto
    15/08/2016 #1 Ben Pinto
    I am guessing this question is relevant to this hive. I don't know how relevant the picture is, so please don't grade me on that. I know I could have posted without it here, but since you need a photo for most activity I am trying to get into the hang of it.
  6. ProducerSusan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    What Good is Good Grammar Anyway?
    What Good is Good Grammar Anyway?This post came about thanks to an article that Maggi Kirkbride found, read, and shared -- and tagged me with. You can read it here.ย Thanks, Maggi!ย The article is concerned about correcting another's grammar, which doesn't seem to allow the writer's...
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    Deena (Laidlaw) Parsolano
    18/10/2016 #17 Deena (Laidlaw) Parsolano
    I just saw this on LinkedIn. The one thing that i feel you missed is autocorrect. The rise of autocorrect has caused many, otherwise intelligent, people to seem unintelligible. I turned mine off, yet sometimes the app autocorrects when you hit enter. It is frustrating to see a well thought out point become a series of gibberish because a word isnt recognized. I haven't figured out how that translates into changing other words in the post. *Sigh* Somehow, if autocorrect thinks you have one word wrong, it thinks it should find other possible words to change. I have checked a post, multiple times, and was appalled when my post suddenly said 'My son served in an Afghan blanket'

    I am making it my life's work to figure out how and why Afghanistan would be changed to Afghan blanket. I am also curious why it doesn't fix an obviously misspelled word, for example, changef doesn't correct to changed.

    Ah, the mysteries of life...*chuckle*
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    12/07/2016 #16 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #15 Thanks so much, @Don ๐Ÿ Kerr, for sharing the post! I really appreciate it!
    Don ๐Ÿ Kerr
    11/07/2016 #15 Don ๐Ÿ Kerr
    It really is grand and useful to have you with us here @Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess Shared as well.
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    11/07/2016 #14 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #13 my pleasure, oh social media guru! Glad to be (bee) here!
    John White, MBA
    11/07/2016 #13 John White, MBA
    @Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess, I have shared your buzz on both the beBee Facebook and LinkedIn page. Thanks for sharing your tips with us!
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    11/07/2016 #12 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #2 Thank you, Neville Gaunt! Nice to see you here!
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    11/07/2016 #11 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #1 Yes it does, Leckey Harrison!
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    11/07/2016 #10 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #3 Thank you for that, Anees Zaidi!
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    11/07/2016 #9 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #4 I appreciate that, Franci Eugenia Hoffman!
    Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    11/07/2016 #8 Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess
    #5 Thanks so much, @Aaron ๐Ÿ Skogen! Nice to see you here!
    Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    11/07/2016 #6 Javier ๐Ÿ beBee
    @Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess rocks ! thanks for sharing it :-)
    Aaron ๐Ÿ Skogen
    11/07/2016 #5 Aaron ๐Ÿ Skogen
    Great buzz @Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess. I agree, proper grammar is an important aspect of writing (and speaking). I enjoy your updates and reminders, thank you!
    Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    11/07/2016 #4 Franci๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Glad to see you on beBee again. I added my two cents to your LI article. Keep us educated @Susan ๐Ÿ Rooks, the Grammar Goddess!
    Anees Zaidi
    11/07/2016 #3 Anees Zaidi
    A great buzz @Susan Rooks. I firmly believe if you are speaking a language or writing it we must respect and it's grammar ethics. As you rightly said all languages evolve but grammar makes a language well understood.
    Neville Gaunt
    11/07/2016 #2 Neville Gaunt
    Love these articles - and of course, the choice is all yours :-)
    Leckey Harrison
    11/07/2016 #1 Leckey Harrison
    That depends on how professional you want to appear.