在《普林斯顿评论》刊登的一篇题为《大学申请的 6 大简单语法规则》的文章中，高校招生官谈到，良好的语法能让你的想法“大放异彩。” 这些官员每天都在阅读和分析申请论文，最终决定谁能得到其所在大学的入学资格。文中还提到，招生官表示语法错误会使人分心，而好语法不会，这能够让读者把注意力集中到文章的内容上。
规则 1： 修饰语（描述事物的单词或短语）应靠近其修饰的单词或短语。
示例： Purchased last week, the new preparation materials helped the student study.
常见错误： Purchased last week, the student studied with her new preparation materials.
规则 2： 确保代词指代一个特定的名词，并与其指代名词的单数或复数形式保持一致。
示例： The professor is a favorite at the university, but he is now taking a semester off.
常见错误： The professor is a favorite at the university, but they were now taking a semester off.
规则 3： 牢记句子主语，并确保主语始终与动词保持一致。
示例： Each of the authors involved in writing the book was a sociologist.
常见错误： Each of the authors involved in writing the book were sociologists.
规则 4： 当一个句子中存在两个或多个并列成分时，应使用同类语法形式。
示例： The teacher thought he was a good student because he turned in his papers on time, tested well on exams and appeared enthusiastic.
常见错误： The teacher thought he was a good student because he turned in his papers on time, tested well on exams and his enthusiasm was high.
规则 5： 当主语是动作的执行者时，选择主动语态（而非被动语态）。
示例： After I spent the past semester meeting with my study group in the library, I decided to change the location.
常见错误： After meeting in the library with my study group for the past semester, changing locations was my decision.