The appropriate use of grammar is one of the main conditions of successful writing, while the term is frequently erroneously perceived by students. However, the idea of focusing on rhetorical situations when adhering to the rules expressed by Hulst (2021) changes the attitudes towards this aspect. From this perspective, punctuation and grammar errors can be viewed as stylistic rather than theoretical problems, and my experience confirms this stance.
In the past, my essays were frequently assessed highly due to the content; meanwhile, there was a presence of mistakes. They were insignificant and scarce in terms of grammar but still affected my overall performance. In addition, I perceived them as single issues which did not distort the meaning instead of the need for including proper structures “in many different contexts, for a greater length of time” (Hulst, 2021, p. 88). Nevertheless, the feedback I regularly received from teachers after each work made me realize that most of the errors were the same and made me feel confident in my ability to correct them. It was most effective and helpful in written form as I had time to analyze the situation.
The fact that they weakened the ideas I was trying to express was complemented by numerous punctuation mistakes. Currently, I am working on this area while reading many articles from credible publications as the primary resources. They help me get a sense of language and make corrections naturally by avoiding similar issues. In this way, the stylistic approach to the challenge mentioned above appears to be suitable.
To summarize, my experience with punctuation was more informative than with grammar since most issues I have are connected to this aspect of writing. The intention to read well-structured pieces when working on the feedback provides me with examples of an effective approach. Thus, I tend to have fewer errors over time, both with grammar and punctuation, and the written means for solving the problems are optimal for their thorough examination.
Hulst, C. (2021). Grammar, rhetoric, and style. In D. Driscoll, M. Stewart, & M. Vetter (Eds.), Writing spaces: Readings on writing, volume 3 (pp. 86-99). Parlor Press LLC.