For Professionals and Hopefuls: Why Grammar on Your Facebook Posts Matters?

Status. Meme. Shout-out. These what make your Facebook timeline appears welcoming the world!

For many of us, posting whatever we feel politically correct among our peers, cliques, or just by ourselves makes up our individuality. No matter how harsh the subliminal connotation or how endurable the superficial meaning of a post we make, still does not worth the markdown of our individuality, profession, or career.

A simple toast of comprehending while posting could save us from a lifetime regret. When a damage has been done, the only way to contain it is acceptance. Through acceptance, we would find regret the most comfortable friend we might never regret it we had.



Facebook, the most popular and the biggest of all social networking sites based on global reach, has over “2 billion monthly active users as of June 30, 2017” (Facebook.com, 2017). Most of us have the biggest audience on Facebook among all other social media combined based on friends list and following. We post our statuses, memes, or shout-outs directed at that immense statistics of audience we have accumulated through the years since the birth of Facebook on June 1, 2004. We share our sentiment, viewpoint, or perspective on Facebook where all our audience are in all walks of life. Our posts endanger our very own individuality we may not have time to take notice of it.

The quality of impact Facebook could influence the very core of one’s both personal and professional lives could put one in an imminent danger of being scoffed at, mocked or subject of derision that might cause a feeling of being underrated despite some glamorous accomplishments in life. Nobody deserves an understatement of his or her considered victory. Yet, no one has a monopoly of standards in assessing one’s achievement he or she considers it success. Thus, it matters to behave mature and be cautious in socializing on networking sites, especially on Facebook.

Posting on Facebook is the language of our social behavior that defines the very core of our personal and professional correctness. Any errors or lapses in our English grammar through our posts on Facebook can painfully affect the profession we have, especially to teachers and freelance editors.

These some common grammar pitfalls that your Facebook timeline has been plagued since conception are worth learning. You could laugh at it. You could laugh at yourself. You could laugh at things the entire day but these grammar lapses. Who would have thought that these to consider trivialities for some couldn’t be expected to either depreciate one’s career or compound one’s real-life learning.

Despite of

Using “despite of” as preposition in a sentence makes one’s day terrible. As a textbook editor, I always think the two sides of a coin when reading such pain in the ass-grammar pitfall. Either I revise the gist of the sentence just to accommodate the use of “despite of” but with an addition of an “in” before that as, “in despite of” to make “despite” a noun. Or I stick to the original thought of the sentence by dropping “of” to make the sentence grammatically compliant. Instead of using “in spite of” (a variant usage for “despite”) or “despite of”, please use “despite” without “of”.

Bring versus Take

Using a correct word in a sentence is another way of understanding the message you want to convey. Or when you keep on doing the opposite, you will end up a laughingstock thy kingdom come.

When the movement of an object is going toward you, as a subject, please don’t hesitate to use “bring”.

Example: Please bring that cup to me. (NOT: Please take that cup to me.)

When the movement of an object signals away from the subject, again, don’t be too shy to use “take” instead.

Different Than versus Different From

Another common word usage pitfall is pairing “different” with a preposition “than” instead of “from” when the thought of the sentence is drawing out distinction. The word “different” functions as adjective; thus, a preposition “from” must be used after the word.

Example: Some scenes in the movie Titanic are different from the actual events. (NOT, different than)

However, “different than” can be appropriately used in a sentence when the thought of the sentence speaks of a degree of comparison.

Me, Myself, and I

Using this three words straight in a sentence is stupid. “Me” always functions as the object pronoun and “myself” is a reflexive pronoun. As a textbook editor, I always have this rule of thumb to use a reflexive pronoun, such as “myself” limitedly for emphasis of the subject pronoun, “I”.

Example: I did it myself to avoid more arguments to come.

Dangling Modifiers

Someone could have a lot of explaining about how to fix dangling modifiers. In a straightforward talking, dangling modifiers are descriptions that describes none. Thus, modifiers are dangling.

Example: Tired and weak, still managed to fix all things in order. (dangling modifiers)
Tired and weak, I still managed to fix all things in order. (dangling modifiers are fixed)

Fixing dangling modifiers is as easy as making the sentence have a clear subject to be modified by the modifiers. Yet, most of us prefer to trivialize this grammar lapse by making it a habit in writing and in speaking.

Nobody is perfect. But to fall prey to these glaring grammar lapses could be a perfect markdown of one’s profession.


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