MinEMorris wrote:Sorry to butt in on this thread, but I have a question on topic. In regard to summer assignments, how bad is an occassional grammar or punctuation error? I absolutely understand that you should proofread multiple times anything that you submit. But I also know that my understanding of punctuation and grammar isn't impeccable. I believe that errors are rare for me, but they do happen, and when they do happen, it's usually because I genuinely didn't know any better. How bad, for example, would a missing comma or an incorrect selection of an unreal verb tense (e.g. wish I was vs. wish I were) look on a summer assignment?
Put more generally, I guess I'm curious whether the attitude is "don't make any stupid mistakes or write anything that most people would know is incorrect," or if it's more like "you are in the big leagues now: every missing hyphen is a strike." Obviously I'll act like it's the latter and try to look up anything I feel uncertain about, but I'd still like to get people's sense of this issue because I'm currently unsure whether I should just be thorough or lean toward being maniacal about punctuation and grammar in my writing.
Sorry if my question comes off as naive or overly anxious. This will be my first job that isn't unskilled labor, so it feels really easy to exaggerate or underestimate the standards at play.
P.S. TYIA for any responses.
Or you could just learn the rules of grammar and punctuation. It's really not that hard, and it's a skill that will serve you well throughout your career, including outside of law.