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"C U 8er!" Or maybe not. Studies show that poor grammar is big turn off

The pre-meet banter was good. The chat was fun. There was even a sweet goodnight kiss. You played it cool and left it until the following day to drop your date a text asking if they fancied a repeat performance. And then nada. Zilch. Radio silence.

You just don't get it. Did you misread the signs? Did you stumble into some bad lighting? Did you say the wrong thing?

If a whole host of surveys and studies are anything to go by, it's more likely that you wrote the wrong thing. Poor grammar has been named as one of the biggest turnoffs among daters. And more women than men are likely to decline an invitation, it seems, if the offending text or email is replete with typos or mistakes. A 'their' instead of a 'there'. A misplaced apostrophe. Text speak and overuse of emoticons. It seems they give a good chunk of daters the heebie-jeebies.

So if you're looking for love, best brush up on your grammar—or find someone whose (not who's) persnicketiness in the spelling stakes is on a par with your own. Gd luk! 


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Author: Rebecca

Rebecca lives in London with her husband, daughter and dachshund. She hopes her dating blogs for Flame Introductions will inspire you to seek out the best London and UK locations for brilliant dates, and discover some tips along the way to help you find your perfect partner.