English Rules That May Change In Few Years To Come
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Aside from the purpose of obtaining bragging rights are the rules surrounding proper grammar still stored in your head? even if they are, do you adhere to them while writing or speaking? are the likes of sentence fragments or split infinitive still highlighted with red inks?.
Of course, it’s quite understandable if you have deleted such from your mind, after all, change is very constant, as we all evolve so do language and culture. The zeal for knowledge and “to feel among” has made many neglect the outstanding rules of proper grammar and opt for the “social media text kind of grammar”, it seems very cool at first but it becomes a problem when a written application is needed in your handwriting,
You eventually begin to pay for your sins of neglecting proper English, this would be made clear after you have successfully gotten 2 to 3 rejected applications. But it’s quite sad to say, some kind of changes whether positive or negative are very inevitable at this point you won’t need a medicated eyeglass to clearly see some English rules that may change in the next few years and they are;
Proper apostrophe use would soon be extinct;
Not many know who Holly Honderich is but his report on BBC news outlined the prevailing ignorance many possess concerning the use of an apostrophe. A multitudinous amount of people share great laziness when it comes to using an apostrophe, this could be seen in the successfully made attempt in parading “its” as “it’s”.
The apostrophe signals the conjunction of “it is”, so writing something like “its a small world after all” instead of “it’s a small world after all” can really irk a reader, especially if he/she is a grammar purist.
For those who aren’t still familiar with how an apostrophe should be applied, you should know now that they are mostly used with contractions and possessive nouns. Using them improperly would either give you another sentence entirely or just a handful of irritated readers. So the difference between “father’s” and “fathers”, “it’s” and “its”, should be very clear to you now.
The premeditated use of lower casing is constant and predominant
It’s very frustrating to type, and all of a sudden the automatic capitalization makes a single letter stand out much bolder than the others, many don’t entertain such so they disable such corrective measures on the count that it impedes their flow of conversations and further go all out in using lowercase.
The use of lowercase has become a cultural way of life that has spread widely, it started among the youths who saw it as one of the ways to retain an optimal texting experience, in order to avert being called “old fashion” the adults followed in suit.
The repetition of letters for emphasis
The adopted online norms have created a lot of rebellion against proper punctuation that appears conspicuously bad but yet effective when passing a point.
The presence of online culture has resulted in a lot of improper abbreviations, inappropriate spellings, interdict punctuation advances, and a whole of rule-breaking. It almost seems like passing on a message effectively is more important than accurately following grammar rules.
Excessive use of emojis for expressions
At one point in time, the application of emojis was mainly to indicate feelings in respect to the current atmosphere but it seems a lot of people broke through the specified barrier and made it an integrated part of online language and grammar.
Although the function of an emoji is strictly symbols that exist as gestures probably mimicking body language, many still chose to adopt this as a form of language communication even though they are not suffering from any brain defect.
Verbs are becoming more passive and more progressive
You’ve probably heard writing rules about using present tense verbs to achieve their functions, many English adepts times without number have advice that it’s best to use fewer and milder words when writing. At this point, it is suggestible to ensure the progressive form of verbs when making use of “ing” to indicate an ongoing action is steadily increasing over time, as per I’m being serious vs. I’m serious.
The use of an exclamatory mark will indicate courtesy
The exclamation mark has evolved beyond its standard usage at the end of an exclamatory sentence. Previously, one was considered plenty to indicate basic surprise or forceful emotions, however, online culture and email created rules that made the exclamatory marks an indicator of basically courtesy and empathy.