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Chapter 1. Introduction > No Shortcuts

No Shortcuts

There are no shortcuts in this building project. You have to have a solid foundation or the floors will sag and the plaster will crack. Work hard on getting the foundation right to begin with. Grammar (Chapter 2) is especially important. In this world of computers and spelling checkers, you may be able to get by without being a good speller, but no software package has mastered grammar usage yet. You can’t always depend on computers to fix your spelling, either— there are times when a word processor isn’t handy. Misspelled words in a letter or memo are embarrassing, even professionally fatal. Study the chapter on spelling (Chapter 3). Even good spellers will find the tips and suggestions and introduction to spelling rules useful.

Another important building block is punctuation (Chapter 4). It’s not necessary to learn all of the punctuation rules, but a few are essential. The final building block is mechanics (Chapter 5). Mechanics covers the capitalization rules—for example, whether it’s correct to write “summer” or “Summer,” “my mother” or “my Mother.” (The first is correct in both cases, by the way.)


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