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    Advise for Native speaker

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by emidelicious, Jul 21, 2013.

    Hello, i am native english speaker, i can write well but do make some grammar mistakes. I am unable to become a published writer. Plz suggest me any good online resource by which i can make my writing perfect grammatically. I have browsed web but there is tons of information and i am confused.
     
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    the best advice is to get someone else to read it, not look on-line they will be able to help you with the grammar... get a family member/friend/whoever to read it and point out the mistakes and help you correct them.
     
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    Read a lot, study some grammar and go through some grammar exercises, and finally hire a proofreader.
     
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    A lot of publishers use The Chicago Manual of Style as their style guide, so I would suggest getting a copy of that. It contains a ton of info on grammar and usage (among other things).
     
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    Hi Emi,

    I am interested in forms of English.

    When I read your sentences in my own dialect - think a male Margaret Thatcher - there are gaps in your prose. However, when I read you Bengali style, or even Arabian peninsular you sound wonderful. Is intriguing. There's no reason you shouldn't be published dude/madame...if you have a pretty story to tell.

    I recently experienced the most challenging grammar hurdles of CELTA. Google the CELTA reading list for teachers of English.

    All the best
     
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    nothing you can find online or off can make you write with perfect grammar... and if you are writing fiction, some grammar rules may not need to be followed perfectfully, anyway...

    the best way to improve your grammar and your writing is to READ... read the best writings of the best writers of both fiction and non-fiction... study the wording... see how it compares to what you write...

    if you want an assessment of the quality of your writing, you can send me the first page of whatever you think is the best thing you've written so far and i'll give you a detailed run down on what you need to improve...

    love and hugs, maia
    maia3maia@hotmail.com
     
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    do you mean non-native English speaker?
     
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    I really appreciate everybody thoughts, is there any room in this forum where we can post our writing and some body can point mistakes for learning purpose.

    maia thanks a lot, i will send you
    matwoolf, sad for me, thanks for comments and i am male :),
    thirdwind thanks a lot, i will check it

    if there is any book out there please let me know which can be handy...

    thanks everybody
     
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    you need to read the rules before posting for critique - here are a few:

    You must be a member 2 weeks
    Positively critique 2 other pieces
    Submit 20 posts

    There maybe more but check out the rules
     
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    Practical English Usage, Michael Swan.
     
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    Emidelicious, please read the rules. You are not allowed to link to external sites for critique. You must be a member for two weeks, have posted twenty times, and have contributed at least two constructive critiques of other members' work before you can post your own work for critique.

    I have deleted the post with the external link.

    Welcome to the forum! Follow the rules, and we'll be happy to help you.
     
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    Microsoft Word will underline incorrect sentences and tell you what needs to be done to fix them. It will give tips and advice for grammatically incorrect sentences, define fragments (which are fine in prose, but not business writing). It will also underline sentences where you have forgotten something, like a preposition, for example.
     
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    unfortunately, it is not always correct... and does not take into account the rule-bending that is often necessary to write good fiction... so one should not rely on what ms word underlines or its reasons for doing so...
     
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    Your English is really good for a non-native speaker! Honestly, it looks to me like all you need to do is read a few grammar books and practice the new rules you learn.
     
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    what mamma said - MS Word is a pain sometimes... with it's little red and green squiggles for no apparent reason.. grrrrr
     
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    That is SO true! I can't tell you how many times I am looking at an "It's raining." sort of line and [It's] is underlined in green. I stare angrily at the screen knowing throughout the editing and writing, that little word will forever be underlined, even if I tell it to [ignore once].

    Rankles. >:-(
     
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    you can disable the autocorrect feature if it really bugs you... either altogether, or for just that one document...
     

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