“Yeah, so my English sucks. I still pulled a B+ in college writing, so I'm not complaining.” Back when I was in college we called this “auguring in.” The short sighted student viewing education as a door opener, flashes his/her good grades, is hired, is then asked to perform the job, which he/she does not have skills to perform, resulting in termination or “auguring in.”
“Yup, that's a split infinitive. Remember Star Trek and how "boldly go" got the pedants into a total frenzy?” I cant believe I, of all people, am correcting a grammatical miscue, but “will better explain” is not an infinitive. It is a conjugated verb. “To better explain” is the split infinitive. No infinitive was split in this attempted communication. In Star Trek the sentence is “To boldly go…” thus splitting the infinitive “to go.”
I agree with you Wear the fox hat, it is not whether the grammar, syntax, entomology, etc. is correct, but whether the writer is clear enough to be understood. I award a D+ to bicyclekick, since even Wtfh could not figure out bicyclekicks intent.
Bicyclekick, the B+ in college writing was a gift if you wrote like you do here. If you can’t make yourself understood, what good is writing? This is particularly frustrating in places like Epic where all ideas are considered. Think, compose, edit, post, make a point. Or just go over to the dark side on Powder, they will think you are a genius.