The Enigma of “Proper” English.

Are you looking to Study Abroad and struggling with IELTS Preparation? Here is an article on “Proper English” which will help you to improve on your writing and reading section of the IELTS Exam.

Is it “color” or “colour”, “sulphur” or “sulfur”, “honor” or still “honourable”? All are correct, by the way.

So, which one is the “Proper” English to use?

It is hard to define, actually. The most obvious differences are found in British and American English. Then you have the Canadians hanging between the two. Moreover, the problem with languages- apart from Latin- is that they are ever evolving. Yesterday’s nouns have become today’s verbs. The most blatant example of this has been poetry. Metering of verses has almost been done away with. In short, rules change.

What you need to know are two things-

  1. The rules for spoken English are way different than he rules for written English.
  2. The grammar for writtien English is almost the same, apart from differences in spelling, and it needs to be proper.


It is almost a universal belief that it is all right to not pay heed to grammar too much while speaking. Too many grammar rules confuse you- or they say so. In a way, that is correct. Some of  the people, who might score brilliantly in written English, might not be fluent at all in spoken English. Or people using a lot of slang in their fluent-as-flow-of-water English might fail miserably in written English. These are things that needs to be addressed separately- Speaking and Writing English.


Why is Proper English Needed at All?


A recent survey in the USA brought forward something surprising and triggered similar surveys all across the native English speaking countries: Employers are prefering candidates with proper English more and more. That might not be this surprising, considering that people do not know more than 20% of Grammar in native English speaking countries and, as we have established above, there is a difference in spoken and written English.


However, that trend- of favoring proper English- is not surprising. English is a global language. Some of the world’s biggest economies are in English-speaking countries and, with all the big companies rushing to become MNCs, English becomes a must-have skill. Why go global, by the way? In India, where we have so many, many local languages, it becomes necessary to learn English. What if, tomorrow, you are posted in Chennai? You need a common ground to converse minimally, at least.


Then you have the pages on internet in English. For book enthusiasts, books from any country will be translated to English only. Same for movie buffs. From educational journals to papers from all over the world, English is your language. Even your career opportunities get boosted if you know English well.


Okay, we are done with the “gyaan“. The simple thing is- if you need help with English, please know that we can help. Feel free to drop a ping or drop-in.




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