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Old 05-01-2020, 07:24 AM
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Don't think of it as having to, think of it more as now having a good excuse to do so.
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Not sure if anyone who has posted so far speaks English as a foreign language, but I'd love to hear from you specifically about what might be good for me to add either as instructions for EFL speakers, or as suggestions for native English folks to do or not do to avoid confusion.
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I use grammarly a lot, but i’m kind of stuck at my level of english proficiency.

I’m french native.
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Old 05-01-2020, 10:42 AM
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Hey MoonZar, thanks for answering so fast! If you would be so kind as to keep this in the back of your head, I would greatly appreciate hearing about anything you come across that either confuses you or makes you remember having trouble with it in the past.

Having now posted my second grammar thread (albeit more publicly this time), I should probably consider freelancing as an editor. Would be a good way to make some extra money, though I haven't the foggiest idea where I would start.
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Old 05-01-2020, 10:47 AM
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Well you can read my game posts and see what i’m struggling with. I don’t know what are my common mistakes.
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Old 05-01-2020, 11:02 AM
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I can do that! But I actually meant what you see in other people's writing that can be confusing. I think there are a lot of slang expressions which can be confusing, but I would like to believe our members don't use slang too much while writing.
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I've always believed that grammar is not intended to be a set of rules that are obeyed 'just because'. It's supposed to have a practical purpose. For me, that practical purpose is to ensure that I accurately convey what I meant to convey.

Beyond that, I'm not too fussed. If people make spelling mistakes, or their grammar is a bit wonky, but I understand their meaning, then I'm not particularly worried. Indeed, points of variance from standard grammar often contribute to a writer's particular style.
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telcontar, that's not my point at all. My point is these errors actually convey something other than the intended meaning. If I have to stop and spend time working out what the poster meant when they used an apostrophe incorrectly, I've already lost the flow of the post.

Thanks for sharing your opinion, I'll try to keep it in mind for places where common sense might overrule "official" English grammar.
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Not sure if anyone who has posted so far speaks English as a foreign language, but I'd love to hear from you specifically about what might be good for me to add either as instructions for EFL speakers, or as suggestions for native English folks to do or not do to avoid confusion.
In the most technical of senses, English is my second language, I learned another before I spoke English. It is, however, the first language I learned to WRITE in... so I don't think I can be of help, there.
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Dang it, now I have to ban Zev.

And here I thought encouraging Birched to name you as a moderator was a good idea. I could have suggested... someone else.

Meanwhile, in ellipsis news, my phone auto-added a space after the dot dot dot I used in the previous sentence. Just snuck it in there like a .
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Old 05-02-2020, 08:24 AM
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Sorry, zev, your phone is actually correct there.
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I can do that! But I actually meant what you see in other people's writing that can be confusing. I think there are a lot of slang expressions which can be confusing, but I would like to believe our members don't use slang too much while writing.
I don't have issues reading, English is pretty straightforward to read if I compare with French or Japanese.
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Everything I ever needed to learn about English grammar I learned in German class.

I'm a native English speaker and I learned more about parts of speech and tenses learning German than I ever did in English class.
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