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Old 23rd November 2016
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the "rules' don't need to be perfect... but they should be followed as much as you CAN for the sake of clarity.
Poetic license is one thing, mangling the language is another.

So people will, for example, often use "I" when "me" is grammatically correct and vice versa, to make a rhyme work.
and colloquial uses, such as "ain't she sweet?" or "like" instead of "such as" are typical.

Your use of "deny" is probably okay. It makes sense.

But your use of "thanks" isn't really English. It won't make any sense to an English speaker,


hope this helps.

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Originally Posted by TR10 View Post
Hi!

To what extent do you follow grammar rules while writing lyrics? (in English).

English is not my first language, and I often wonder if I can sacrifice grammatical correctness to make words rhyme in given lines of e.g. a chorus...


My dilemmas:

1)
"You're good, don't deny." - English grammar requires "it" after "deny". But I'd prefer "don't deny" without "it", as it rhymes with the next line.
Do people in everyday life conversations omit "it" in such a sentence?


2)
"She thanks for life." - Can I leave this line this way?
The verb "to thank someone for sth" requires saying whom she thanks, right?


3)
In my lyrics I use a word "always", stressing the 2nd syllable instead of putting the accent on the 1st syllable. Shouldn't I worry about it?
(the rest of the words have a correct accent)


Regards!