Yes, i saw your comments about the grammar in my last post. Let’s learn some grammar in StarCraft.
I know the last article is not grammar error free, and I want to address your comments here. Some are on reddit (read the replies), and one is in the comment section of that post. I can take the criticism, and I want to polish my writing.
The root of grammar mistakes can be generally categorised into two types: (1) Carelessness, and (2) lack of knowledge. Most of my mistakes belong to the former, and this implies the lack of proofreading. I proofread an article once (sometime twice) after I’m done with the final draft. Many, but not all, mistakes are corrected in the process. In comparison to reading others’ work, it is relatively hard to spot your own mistakes. Can I further reduce the number of errors? Sure, but any extra effort is going to suck the joy out of writing, and that is definitely not the path I (and probably you) want to take. If I must point out one factor that contributes to the longevity of this site, it is my ability to balance the trade off between the joy I receive and the effort I exert. Of course, it does not mean that I’m apathetic, as I care about the quality.
So, taking the feedback on board, I will simply say that I’m going to take extra precaution with grammar. I usually focus more on the flow and expression of ideas than the correction of grammar when I proofread. If you notice I make a specific error repeatedly, let me know as it is likely a lack of knowledge. I will edit the previous article next week (if I don’t forget), so you Masters of Grammar can have some fun till then.
There are several things particularly interesting about words in Starcraft (I know this should be StarCraft). First, what do we do when addressing a unit as a plural? For example, what is the plural of Colossus? Is it Colossi? Although colossi is the plural of colossus outside of Starcraft, Colossus is technically a unit name in the context of Starcraft. There is no official plural name for the unit, to the best of my knowledge. I normally use the official unit names, which are singular by default, for both singular and plural. I did some research on this by looking at how Blizzard they themselves write. Blizzard were inconsistent with this issue, as I believe different people were involved in different publications throughout the years. It appears that their current approach is to simply add “s” or “es” at the end of the unit names for plural. Interestingly enough, they seem to avoid using Colossus as a plural recent writings. Maybe that is intentional. Anyway, I will copy Blizzard in this case.
Second, how do we address a unit as a specific unit type? I use the unit name by itself. For example, I simply use “Raven” when I discuss about the unit design in a recent article. This was brought up in another reddit post. The recent publications from Blizzard use “the insert unit” (e.g., the Raven), and it seems that the general public see that as the norm. I will align myself with this norm in the future.
Third, how do we use race (e.g., Terran) in different contexts? I doubt there is any debate as to how we address the races when we simply refer them as their races. For example, Protoss is Blizzard’s favorite race. You don’t add “the” and it is a singular. What about addressing players who play that race? Blizzard are inconsistent for this. They use the plural term of the race (e.g., Terrans) and the race plus the word “players” (e.g., Terran players) interchangeably. I usually refer the players as either the race without the “s” (e.g., Terran) or the race plus the word “players”. I also have a tendency to name the two sides in a game using the race but as a plural. For example, Zerg are ahead after this exchange. I recall copying this style from Blizzard many years ago, but Blizzard now tend to use “Zerg is ahead” instead. I shall follow this style in the future.
I’m going to end this post by sharing this paper. Evidence suggests those who have low agreeableness are more sensitive to others’ grammar.
P.S. I didn’t proofread this post.
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