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Thebestever June 5th, 2017 11:06pm

I just corrected someone's grammar, and someone said I was being unnecessarily rude. Was I?

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Doopy Remedial Americanism
06/07/17 1:28 am

Well that depends. Did you say 'ni' to that person?

pietsch Another Adoring Fan
06/06/17 3:09 pm

I only correct someone's grammar if I think what they are saying is moronic. Poor grammar alone does not make me think someone is a moron though.

06/06/17 8:04 am

Are you a member of the Knights who say ni?

bluerum29 optimistic idealist
06/06/17 6:51 am

Maybe. I only do that if I'm feeling snippy.

dudley northern Virginia woods
06/05/17 7:54 pm

I often do that but feel guilty afterwards, as if I might have hurt their feelings, making them feel inadequately educated. People should always be willing to learn but alas, that is not always the case.

GrandmaALiCE For a better 2021
06/05/17 7:13 pm

Context matters. Would you mind saying which poll where this happened on?

GrandmaALiCE For a better 2021
06/06/17 7:41 am

Then, I would say, the answer depends on a lot of variables. A few of these might be:

* What is your relationship with this person?

* How was the correction offered (tone of voice, etc.)?

* Setting (work, social, family, etc. and public vs. private conversation)

* How important is it for the other person to learn from their mistake? (For example, a new English speaker might appreciate the help, but only if offered kindly.)

* Are you perceived as helpful or just superior?

In general, it's difficult to tactfully correct another person.


ovcourse Alzheimer Joe
06/05/17 6:57 pm

Not rude, but maybe a little petty.

SticksandStones Stop fearmongering
06/05/17 6:43 pm

I stopped correcting people's grammar because in the end, they never learned and only brushed me off, saying I was being elitist. Maybe I was, but either way it's easier for me to just not do it anymore, haha.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
06/05/17 6:39 pm

No. It is never rude to help someone else emerge from ignorance. That's why I am, have been, and shall remain,


pcisbs1 Baltimore to Central PA
06/05/17 5:23 pm

Life it too short...don't be snarky, nobody likes a know it all...

Kay41 the Midwest
06/05/17 5:22 pm

I think it is rude. This is just an app, not an English class or an official document.

06/06/17 4:27 am

I agree Kay. It's rude and condescending. If you understand what the person is saying then move on.

Kay41 the Midwest
06/06/17 5:21 am

Yes, especially since some of the mistakes are just autocorrect or people just being too quick in typing. Happens to me all the time.

Jazzy5 USA
06/05/17 5:10 pm

Let it go..

ProudAmerican45 North Joisey
06/05/17 4:22 pm

No one likes to be called out for grammar or's a defensive mechanism..btw you misspelled NO (Ni) in your poll..just sayin..I'm guilty of it and it's pointed out when I misspell or make a grammar's all good though..

Thebestever HOGWARTS
06/05/17 4:24 pm

I know the person just said it in such an accusing tone it made me really mad.

Kay41 the Midwest
06/06/17 5:24 am

Thebestever, correcting someone's grammar often comes across as the person paying more attention to how it's being said instead of what's being said. It can't be condescending too.