Hi there, this is my first time ever posting here.
Well to be honest my biggest problem with writing in english is punctuation, I do know the basics but it's not enough. So if you can, tell me how to use them.
Although I have a beta that helps me a lot, I still want to improve so I could depend on myself.
Thank you for your time.7/15/2012 #1
I would google for some grammar sites or get a grammar book and read up. That would be your best bet. I myself am still learning so I wouldn't feel comfortable with trying to give a lesson. I've learned that there are many rules of grammar that I was never taught in school. Each time I learn a new rule I look at my old stories and bemoan the fact that no one ever told them to me before. I applaud you for seeking out these rules. You are one of the rare writers on this site it would seem that actually care about such things. :D7/15/2012 #2
Thanks for that, I'll look it up (didn't even know there was any sites for that). Not being a native speaker, I understand your point, in school they never teach about that in English class. I wish you good luck then
Thank you, I want to learn them to be one step closer to the writers I look up to :)7/15/2012 #3
One of my favourite online resources is Guide to Grammar and Writing http: // grammar. ccc. commnet. edu/grammar/index.htm - covers much more than just punctuation, explains e.g. parts of sentences, variety of sentences and how to combine them, tense consistency, paraghraph development and so much more. :)7/16/2012 #4
I checked out the site and I have to tell you that it has been quite helpful. I liked it really, so thank you very much for sharing this link :D7/16/2012 #5
I'll just mention one Very Common Mistake in the punctuation of the English language; one which I have probably mentioned in a few dozen reviews.
There's an important difference between its and it's.
"Its" -- without an apostrophe -- is the possessive form of the pronoun "it."
"It's" -- with an apostrophe in the middle -- is only used as a contraction for the common phrases "it is" or "it has."
Therefore, the following sentence is correct:
"It's been a long time since I saw that dog wagging its tail."
A lot of people get this wrong; they would type "it's tail" at the end of that sample sentence -- because they know that, with regular nouns and proper nouns, you normally add an apostrophe and an S to turn the word into a possessive. "The dog's tail" and "Fido's tail" and so forth. But possessive pronouns tend to use their own rules (usually without apostrophes). "His tail," "her tail," "your tail," "their tail," and "its tail"; not an apostrophe in the bunch!
I was just in the mood to get that off my chest! :)7/16/2012 #6
Thanks for the advice! I'll take of it from now on.
I see and make these kinds of mistakes often, it's probably because of confusion or being in a rush.7/16/2012 #7
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