Your going to have to watch you’re grammar! Does this make you cringe? It ought to! How many times have you seen ‘your’ and ‘you’re’ used wrongly? I can cope with this kind of error on Facebook and Twitter – after all, people are often dashing off quick responses, and we all make errors and/or typos.
I can usually forgive GPS errors in blogs too, since many bloggers are not aspiring to be authors. However, if I see this kind of error in a book blurb (as I did recently), or worse still, in the text of a published book, it’s a huge turn-off for me. All it says is that (a) either the author doesn’t have a clue about correct GPS or (b) he/she hasn’t bothered to do a thorough and careful edit (or else has an ‘editor’ who hasn’t a clue either!)
I firmly believe that, as authors, it is our responsibility to write correct English. By that, I mean we should know and obey the basic rules of GPS. Admittedly, some can be broken, but we need to know which can and which can’t.
I’ll stick my neck out and say the rules concerning apostrophes should never be broken (but frequently are). I’ve recently seen "Lilians’ blood", and "The Wilson's were going on vacation". In the latter case, the author (admittedly not a published author but one who writes a lot of online fan-fiction) replied to someone (not me!) who pointed out that it should be "Wilsons" saying ‘It looks better with an apostrophe’. I was speechless!
There are plenty of grammar websites where authors can check on GPS rules. This is one I've found to be very clear and concise: http://www.grammarbook.com/ Although I was fortunate to be educated at a time when there was great emphasis on grammar, spelling, and punctuation, I still have to check on things sometimes. I just wish some other authors would do so too!
Okay, rant over – except maybe not quite, as I thought you might enjoy this list:
Any others you want to add to the list?
And what do you think when you find countless GPS errors in a book?