I accept the fact that I am science and math oriented. Writing does not come easily to me. Literary analysis is a chore. Poetry strikes fear in my heart. The thought of writing a research paper would leave me curled in the fetal position for several hours. As the bumper sticker says, "I are a scientist, not an English major."
I am not a grammar snob. I've been known to comma splice and split infinitives nary a thought. Double negatives have a place in my conversation. I live in the south, so ain't works for me. I do however know a few things that it seems most Americans do not.
I know that a sentence is a group of words that expresses a complete thought. It has a subject and a predicate. A sentence begins with a capital letter and ends with a period, a question mark, or, in rare cases, an exclamation point.
I know that your is a possessive pronoun and you're is a contraction formed by the words you and are.
I know that their is a possessive pronoun, they're is a contraction formed by the words they and are, and there is an adverb.
I know that its is another possessive pronoun, while it's is a contraction of it and is.
I know that a lot is 2 words. I recently discovered that alot is a creature of many and varied talents.
I know that cuz is not a word. Perhaps in certain company it may be a term of endearment for one's cousin. Cuz is not a substitute for because.
I know that apostrophes are used to show possession. The are not used to make plurals. Remember the quote "A kitten dies every time you use an apostrophe to pluralize."
I feel better now. Maybe I can get back to grading those lab reports.