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BrendaReeves
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on 02/11/2012

I just corrected a grammatical mistake on one of my articles. Even though I proofread my articles a hundred times before submitting, I often miss mistakes. I also see a lot of minor mistakes on the articles of some excellent writers. One of the common mistakes is "to" when it should be "too". I wouldn't mind it if when another writer catches a mistake in one of my articles,  they sent me a note so I could correct it.

Some people are a bit touchy about this. I for one, don't want my work out there is cyber space unless it's perfect in the English mechanics department.

How do the rest of you feel about this? Would you appreciate it if other writers acted as editors for you?


Brenda Reeves
bobsimpson
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on 02/11/2012

I will agree to sign on. Anybody can send a correction me. I would love the attention.

 

Of course, in your second paragraph you probably meant to use the word "in" in stead of "is".

(Or was that a trick?)

 

A wonderful last edit is to have a speech recognition program read the text out loud to you.

 

There are exclusion dictionaries in most new word processing programs that you can use to build a special dictionary for words you often misspell "from or form". When one of those words is typed, it asks you which one you want to use.

I learned about this from an English professor who told a sad story of printing a notice about a special project coming up.  He published "pubic" when it should have been "public".

BrendaReeves
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on 02/11/2012

Bob, No that wasn't a trick. lol


Brenda Reeves
chefkeem
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on 02/11/2012

I agree with you and Boob Simpson. I wouldn't want my typos seen in pubic, either.


Achim "Chef Keem" Thiemermann is the co-founder of a pretty cool new platform called...um...er...oh, yeah - Wizzley.com.
kajohu
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on 02/11/2012

LOL! (reading chefkeem's response...)

 

Yep, I'd be happy to have other Wizzley people tell me about spelling and grammatical errors too.


Karen
Sam
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on 02/11/2012

Sign me up to(o), I am a second language English speaker and know I need it! I never get upset if somebody points me to a factual mistake I made, quite the opposite!, I am grateful for it ;-) But I do use punctuation creatively, which got me into hot waters in another place (waves to ChefKeeem) ;-)


chefkeem
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on 02/11/2012

Them damn Krauts are as picky as a one-legged woman in a shoe store, mind you.


Achim "Chef Keem" Thiemermann is the co-founder of a pretty cool new platform called...um...er...oh, yeah - Wizzley.com.
Digby_Adams
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on 02/11/2012

Yep, let me know if you see anything amiss.

katiem2
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on 02/11/2012

Count me in, I'm always happy to receive a correction heads up from a fellow wizz.  I'll do my best to do the same.

Together we are better, bigger, stronger and of better quality!  

 


katiem2
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on 02/11/2012

Chef, You need to write a wizz packed with all those great thing you say, good stuff!

 


TerriRexson
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on 02/11/2012

Oh definitely I'd much rather hear about my typos from one of you lot. The problem with reading it yourself is you read what you think you wrote ...

And if you find me saying something that doesn't sound right to an American ear, you can pick me up on that too. Although I just can't bring myself to say Legos I'm afraid!


Sam
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on 02/11/2012

 

chefkeem: 11. Feb 2012, 13:25

Them damn Krauts are as picky as a one-legged woman in a shoe store, mind you.

Was their loss, wasn't it Cheffe? BTW I am happy as a clam here, so never mind!


Sam
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on 02/11/2012

 

TerriRexson: 11. Feb 2012, 16:12
...  Although I just can't bring myself to say Legos I'm afraid!
It ain't difficult honey (insert deep southern drawl here ;-)) Just repeat after me Laaagooo ;-)

 


TerriRexson
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on 02/11/2012

 

Sam: 11. Feb 2012, 16:33

 

TerriRexson: 11. Feb 2012, 16:12
...  Although I just can't bring myself to say Legos I'm afraid!
It ain't difficult honey (insert deep southern drawl here ;-)) Just repeat after me Laaagooo ;-)

 

OK, maybe I should have said write rather than say! There shouldn't be an s on the end. The plural is Lego. 


BrendaReeves
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on 02/11/2012

Glad there are others that feel the same way.


Brenda Reeves
Meagan
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on 02/11/2012

As an Aussie, I have to agree - Lego is never legos.  But maths is never math.  :)

But back to the original topic... I would be VERY grateful if any of you advised me of typos and grammatical errors in my articles.  (Of course my articles are fairly far and few between).  And I'll take this as permission to advise any of you!

Great idea to approach it this way Brenda.  I did think about telling someone recently after reading a good article which was littered with silly errors.  But then I remembered that they don't know me from a bar of soap and realised that it might not go down so well...  Plus a reciprocal arrangement would work nicely for me!

sheilamarie
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on 02/11/2012

This is a great idea, Brenda. I'm one of those annoying grammatical know-it-alls who often overlooks a silly typo in my own work.

Many eyes make light work. The sun does its part, too.


Read one of my books Sheila's Books
Angel
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on 02/11/2012

Count me in two.  I mean too.  Or is it to?  See, I need help.  My language is redneck hillbilly so things that I think sound right may not be exactly right for normal people.  LOL.  

BrendaReeves
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on 02/11/2012

Angel, you look very Italian to me.


Brenda Reeves
Jimmie
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on 02/11/2012

Oh yes! I love getting private messages with my boo boos. Some of the writers here HAVE done that, and I'm very grateful.

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