Is lousy grammar a deal breaker on a date?
If some guy or gal—regardless of looks—asks, “Where we eating at?” will you politely reply, “You and I will dine together when you’ve mastered third-grade English and not a nanosecond before”?
What if those grammar flubs appear in an online dating profile? Will you reject Mr. or Ms. Right before e-meeting him or her?
If you answered with a resounding “yes,” you’re not alone.
According to a recent online survey of 1,700 adults, 43 percent of online daters consider bad grammar a “major” turnoff. More than a third (35 percent) think good grammar is sexy, and 22 percent couldn’t care less.
There was no mention of long walks on the beach, “just cuddling,” or candid talks by the fire—unless, of course, those intimate conversations were syntactically correct.
The survey said women have stronger feelings about grammar than men do.
Here’s the thing about the findings: Kibin, which offers professional proofreading and editing services, conducted the survey. The gist was to stress the importance of a well-edited online dating profile—so take the results with a grain of salt.
Does bad grammar turn you off? Let us know in the comments.
Meanwhile, here’s an infographic Kibin drew up with its survey results: