Welcome to Grammar Training!
I am _______ and I’m going to teach you how to use correct grammar and spelling.
You may ask “Why is proper grammar important in the Army?” It’s important because it will help you get noticed, especially you lower ranks
Also, it makes Officers think of you as more professional.
So, before we begin with some basic grammar rules, are there any questions?
Good, let’s move on, and during this training, you shall be quiet.
Rule #1: Use “you,” “your,” “why,” and “are” instead of “u,” “ur,” “y,” and “r.”
Rule #2: Use proper capitalization and punctuation.
Rule #3: Don’t add lots of pointless exclamation points and question marks to the end of a sentence.
Rule #4: Don’t forget apostrophes! Ex: can’t instead of cant
Okay, now the next few mistakes are VERY common. They are misused homophones.
1. Your vs. you’re
“Your” is possessive. Ex: Your friend went to the movies. “You’re” is a contraction of “you” and “are.” Ex: You’re getting on my last nerve.
2. It’s vs. its
“It’s” is a contraction of “it is” or “it has.” Ex: It’s time to go. “Its” is possessive. Ex: This gum has lost its flavor.
3. There, their, and they’re
“There” refers to a place. Ex: Where is the bathroom? It is over there. “Their” is possessive. Ex: It is their house. “They’re” is a contraction of “they” and “are.” Ex: They’re in a lot of trouble!
Next, there are four commonly misspelled words used in the military.
1. Commissioned as in Non-Commissioned Officer
2. Guard as in Gate Guard
3. Congrats as in “Congrats on your promotion.”
4. Congratulations as in “Congratulations on your promotion.”
Please wave if you know the correct spelling of these words:
Trainer: Now I am going to give you a few sentences with some mistakes in them. I want you to WHISPER the corrected sentence to me.
Sentence #1: their are a lot of ppl in da usa
Corrected Sentence: There are a lot of people in the U.S. Air Force.
Sentence #2: Congrates on you’re promotion to Warrent Officer 1.
Corrected Sentence: Congrats on your promotion to Warrant Officer 1.
Sentence #3: ur motto is wrong ur not a non-commisioned officer.
Corrected Sentence: Your motto is wrong; you’re not a Non-Commissioned Officer. (Or “Your motto is wrong. You’re not a Non-Commissioned Officer.”)
Sentence #4: U cant Gate Gaurd, its only for PFC+.
Corrected Sentence: You can’t Gate Guard, it’s only for PFC+.
Sentence #5: Y r u AFK in the front row?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?
Corrected Sentence: Why are you AFK in the front row?
*NOTE: You do not need to use all 5 sentences. I would suggest using 3-4 of them, unless some not getting them.
Congratulations on passing Grammar Training.
[Tell them to add ___ to their mottos]
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