Online professor does not know grammar.

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by SurfDoctor, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. SurfDoctor

    SurfDoctor Moderator

    My cousin sent me an email with a quote from one of his professors at an online school that shall remain nameless. He's working on a master's in education, turned in a paper and got this comment:

    "Paper meets all criteria in rubric except the societal affect of such a situation.
    " I know that many people get "affect" and "effect" mixed up, but shouldn't a professor who's written a dissertation know the difference?

    I told him not to worry about it. Maybe it was just a simple mistake due to grading too many papers and becoming very tired. Fortunately, it was not an English class or it would have been a real issue.
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  2. b4cz28

    b4cz28 Active Member

    Grammer is just a small part of it all.
  3. SurfDoctor

    SurfDoctor Moderator

    Thank you, he will feel more gooder now. :smile:
  4. mcjon77

    mcjon77 Member

    The instructor could have just been typing fast, and slipped up. I occasionally mistype there/their/they're. I know which one I should use, but I am typing so fast that mistakes happen.

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    That reminds me some of the Professors at Capella University. All the post/discussion must be in good writing with no zero in grammar, mechanical, and etc. However, most of the comments I received was incomplete sentence, typo, run-on-sentence, and etc.
  6. MISin08

    MISin08 New Member

    Such mistakes make me crazy when I read them, but I've noticed in the last couple years or so I make them without thinking (where when -- perish! -- younger it was easy) and need to proofread. Then too if I had known I would develop tendon problems I woidnt hacelern to sdpewk (wouldn't have learned to spell.)
  7. SurfDoctor

    SurfDoctor Moderator

    I think ur spellun is purfect.
  8. nanoose

    nanoose New Member

    it's called proof reading.
  9. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    Actually, that is not necessarily incorrect, depending on what he is trying to say :dance:
  10. Woho

    Woho New Member

    I just don't get why people actually care about things like that. Completely beyond my imagination why intelligent people shouldn't be allowed to do stupid mistakes.
  11. japhy4529

    japhy4529 House Bassist

    Excellent point, Sir.
  12. PatsGirl1

    PatsGirl1 New Member

    Eh I was an English major, I'm a confessed Grammar Queen (incorrect grammar drives me NUTS, no matter where it comes from) and sometimes if I'm tired or in a hurry I slip and use things incorrectly. It happens. And like MC pointed out, depending on the context in which it was used, it could be correct.
  13. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member


    Abner :)
  14. AUTiger00

    AUTiger00 New Member

    Grammar??? That's what you have a secretary for, isn't it???
  15. PaulC

    PaulC Member

    The knowledge required to appropriately apply affect/effect, and the skills necessary to successfully write and defend a dissertation are not inherently co-dependent.
  16. Psydoc

    Psydoc New Member

    O lny srmat poelpe can raed tihs.
    My wife’s friend just sent this over via email:

    cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy,

    it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm.

    Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed tihs psas it on !!
  17. airtorn

    airtorn Moderator

    Can I read it? Yes.

    Does it make my brain hurt? Yes.
  18. SurfDoctor

    SurfDoctor Moderator

    True, but the context indicates that he meant the "societal effect". It was not something like "how does this affect societal conditions".
  19. SurfDoctor

    SurfDoctor Moderator

    I would guess that the more advanced and rapid readers could read this more effectively than those who read every word. Most of us have studied speed reading where we are taught to take in whole blocks of words in one glance. In that case, the order of the letters are even less important because nobody is really looking at them anyway.
  20. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member

    Online Professor does not know Grammar? Does he/she know Grampar?

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