Hey everyone, I am very new here. My first article got denied because of poor grammar, I would assume. I will admit, I have never been the greatest writer. I enjoy writing and I am passionate about the subjects I choose. What resources do you guys suggest to help improve my grammar? Are there any good books or reference guides to buy?
1. Use the spell checker and grammar checker in your computer.
2. Check your work very carefully. When you check try reading aloud to yourself to see if it sound natural
3. There are literally tons of grammar books out there. You could start with "English Grammar for Dummies" and for punctuation "Eats, Shoots and Leaves" (just Google them).
Welcome and good luck.
Oops. "see if it soundS natural" - see, we all make mistakes!
Never give up. I have been writing for about ten years but still cannot write properly. I always try, but still fail to write correct gramital sentence structures. English sentences for other countries are harder still to write. If you are younger try to learn the correct ways of contructing sentences. Good luck with your writing.
openculture.com has a list of 1100+ free courses and 700+ free textbooks. At least one of those is bound to cover grammar. You can also try archive.org and gutenberg.org for grammar textbooks. All of those resources are free. In addition, your library probably has dozens of books, and there are plenty of sites on the internet (usually meant for teachers) with quizzes and much more.
Makes me wish I paid more attention in high school english! I'm in college now. College professors let you get away with so much in papers. Start writing for a site like this and you realize where you stand!
Ask a friend to proof read!! Email your work to a friend you know who is good at grammar and who can check your work for you! I know i have a few friends who can proof read. Don't give up, it is the same as those who write books, I have heard that they can proof-read themselves and by others dozens of times before publishing it! So, don't get discouraged, keep trying.
A favor is one thing. For a continuing deal, be prepared to pay that friend in some way or another. If you don't have cash lying around, you had better find out what kind of cookies they like, or learn to make wine or beer.
I would proof read for wine!
My father in law owns a brewery! I smell a partnership!
I am going through the same challenges, but i am learning through it all! Good luck to you!
I just found the free version of prowritingaid. My writing is pretty good but this tool has been a help.
the free grammarly is helpful for people having probs like me
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