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    Lightbulb Should we ensure the grammar corrnectness in slides?

    Hi All,
    When we are producing a slide to make presentation,
    Should we ensure the sentences are grammar error free?
    Sometimes, we may eliminate the subject (or something that not important)to save the layout, but the sentence looks wrong.
    Do we have any guild-line for that?

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    Re: Should we ensure the grammar corrnectness in slides?

    Wow, very astute question. Yes, I think you should ensure correctness.

    The sentence fragment above is an example of an incomplete sentence that nevertheless expresses a complete idea in a way that is easy to understand. Even though I am a professional English editor, I still do not know how to explain when and how it is appropriate to break the rules of grammar!

    You are so smart to ask this question about changing the rules of grammar when doing a presentation... Really, I think the only way to learn which grammar violations are acceptable is to examine the grammar violations you see in other presentations (made by people who know how to make great presentations).

    If you are not confident about violating the rules of English grammar effectively, then I think the safest thing to do is adhere to the rules of grammar as well as you can. I always recommend a tiny book called The Elements of Style (Strunk & White). This book can enable an ESL student to use English more powerfully than most native speakers. Having perfect grammar is not as important as understanding the psychology of language.

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    Re: Should we ensure the grammar corrnectness in slides?

    Quote Originally Posted by ayumicat View Post
    Hi all.
    When we are producing a slide to make presentation, should we ensure the sentences are grammatically error-free?
    Sometimes, we may eliminate the subject (or something that's not important) to save the layout, but the sentence looks wrong.
    Do we have Are there any guild-line guidelines for that?
    Please see my amendments above.

    Doctor Document has given you good advice. It's very difficult, as a non-native, to know when it's appropriate to take words out of a sentence in order to save space. Newspaper headlines are good examples of successful attempts (usually!)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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