by Henry Makow, Ph.D. — (From Oct. 15, 2011)
A sentence is the basic unit of written communication. If we learn only one thing in school, it should be to write a sentence.
Increasingly I am posting submissions and material from other sources. I also post email response. About one in three cannot write a sentence.
A sentence begins with a capital letter and ends with a period. It must contain a noun and a verb, a subject and a predicate. See here.
“The dog (noun) chases (verb) the cat.” “The dog” is the subject. “Chases the cat” is the predicate.
Yet I have an acquaintance who somehow attained a Master’s Degree in Social Work and cannot write a sentence.
He is engaged in a custody battle and is writing his own affidavits.
“Your inability to write a sentence discredits you,” I tell him.
He just laughs and acts like I am an old pedant defending his obsolete turf.
“You sound like one of my old professors,” he says.
“I would have flunked you,” I say.
He wouldn’t appear in court wearing pajamas but thinks nothing of submitting documents that discredit him.
His children’s welfare is at stake. He cannot defend them effectively. Everyone who cannot write is similarly handicapped.
GRAMMAR BECOMING AN ANACHRONISM?