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Fifty Shades of Grammar

Although it topped bestseller lists around the world, E. L. James’ erotic romance novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, was widely panned by critics for its poor use of language.

Recently, the Grammarly team reviewed the book for spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors, and learned that — although there were some mistakes — the errors were in alignment with similar gaffes in celebrated romances. Below, check out some of the most frequent grammar mistakes from Fifty Shades of Grey, as well as some quotes from classic romances that also make these mistakes — from Tender is the Night to Wuthering Heights to Pride and Prejudice. The language of love really is a language of its own!


Grammarly: Fifty Shades of Grammar

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16 thoughts on “Fifty Shades of Grammar”

  1. That’s a very interesting post 🙂 I don’t know if it has to do with romance writing, but I don’t really think that writers like Hemingway or Fitzgerald would make such mistakes if they didn’t serve some specific purpose in their prose or story, though.

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  2. nice post!! The real power of a book lies in enrapturing it’s readers. Trivial mistakes can be conveniently ignored ,even by the well trained eye, if the mind is busy imagining the story 🙂


  3. You would have to pay me a lot of money to sit down and read that ’50 shades of populist poop’.
    Onto to those sticklers for grammer. Most if not all of those famous writers would have had editors. Isn’t that their job to tidy up the loose ends? And when it’s said and done (more annoying cliches) does the missing commar here and there detract from a great story?
    Interesting post. Cheers.


  4. Don’t pay too much attention to petty pedants. Grammar exists to serve us, not the other way round. As soon as it is suggested we should become slaves to a particular view of what grammar (made-up bunch of rules) is, then we lose our individual voices and writing is reduced to something akin to Maths or a wearing a uniform.


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