Week 4 Discussion

Grammatical Errors in Communication

Your grammar can affect other’s perceptions of your professional competence—or lack thereof.

A well-executed paper implies that your paper is worth reading. When you make grammatical errors, readers might assume you are not very smart, you are lazy, or that you do not apply critical thinking skills. When working in a public role, it is of vital importance to ensure that what you communicate is grammatically correct. You should try to avoid grammatical errors that might produce any misunderstanding in the message you are trying to communicate.

For this Discussion, pay attention to the grammatical rules and conventions for writing competently. Reflect on how violating these rules could contribute to miscommunication. Then select a message where the interpretation of the message was impacted by the incorrect use of grammar. Finally, consider how you could apply grammatical rules and conventions to make the message more effective.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 4 a brief description of a personal or professional message where the incorrect use of grammar conveyed a different meaning than the one intended. Then describe two grammatical rules and conventions that could be applied to make the message more effective and explain how.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.

Week 4 Learning Resources

This page contains the Learning Resources for this week. Be sure to scroll down the page to see all of this week’s assigned Learning Resources.

Required Resources


  • Johnson, W. A., Rettig, R. P., Scott, G. M., & Garrison, S. M. (2015). The criminal justice student writer’s manual (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
    • Chapter 2 “Writing Competently”
    • Chapter 3 “Student Paper Formats”
    • Chapter 5 “Citing Sources in APA Style”


  • Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2011). Grammar Assessment. Baltimore: Author.

Please proceed to the Discussion.

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