Write well, live well – or how standards say a lot about you

Grammar way of life

Writing well is a relative concept, and it applies to the circumstances and the reason why you are sharing your thoughts. Twitting a message with a few botched words just to keep it in the limit of 140 characters has its own level of correctness. However, doing the same in an essay or a job application may have a different effect on the reader. These oscillating rules are conditional standards and the way you use them define you in the eyes of the ones who receive your writings.

Here are some tips to help you keep your writing style clean and allow you to live perfectly comfortable with everything you put on paper.

Whom vs. Who

The difference between the objective form of a pronoun and its relaxed version is crucial. The best example on this matter is the contrast between “whom” and “who.” The former is a formalized and slightly antique option, mostly used in literature. The latter is, of course, the version that we use with a relaxed tone in everyday conversations.
The ideal way to separate them before using either one in a phrase is to substitute them with the third person pronoun. When utilized as a subject, like he or she, the correct form is “who.” However, if you are referring to an object, the right version to use would be “whom.” For example: “Let him who is without sin…” vs. “For whom the bell tolls.”

Write singular and plural nouns well

One of the most important aspects to remember about nouns is that they can be singular or plural, yet the way you relate them to verbs makes all the difference. For example, when referring to a music band, the instinct tells us to use a plural correlation: “The band are playing a concert tonight.” However, this would be wrong as the group is a single unit. On the other hand, when talking about a collection of individuals, the correct way to write is “The family were leaving their past behind and searching for a new beginning.” This simple nuance makes all the difference and it says to your reader more about your attention to details.

Learn about standard comparisons

We use comparisons in our speech on a daily basis. They help us to differentiate between disproportionate values and to standardize certain equivalents. The main contrast between “comparing to” and “comparing with” escapes the notion of many writers and it can lead to undesired consequences. When trying to analyze the differences and similarities between two cars, for example, you “compare one with the other.” However, when trying to tell your loved one that she has the characteristics of a wildflower or a summer night’s dream, you “compare her to it.” It shows that you liken her to a romantic symbol rather than confronting her to it.

You can break redundant rules

One minor change to the traditional style of writing is starting sentences with conjunctions. The old scholars believed that there was nothing fouler than to see words like “because” or “and” at the beginning of a phrase. Modern compositions shy away from this rule and rightly so. This standard gives your writing fluidity, coherence, and estheticism. It also says a lot about you as a writer and how much you value your readers.