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JenniferS.
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« on: October 28, 2010, 06:34:10 AM »

Curious...has anyone ever tried using any of the free grammar and punctuation software programs that are available for free? This is my weakness and I worry I might not snag an agent simply because of grammar and punctuation errors.
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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2010, 07:17:01 AM »

Hi, Jennifer.  I've never tried any, but I have some friends who have. While these programs catch some things, homophones still slip though undetected and the punctuation suggestions are not always correct.

My best advice is to find a solid critique group.  If you are lucky, you can find someone who is good with mechanics and needs your help in another area in which you are strong.   Smiley

There are also lots of good books on grammar and punctuation.  It's not just an innate thing; it's learned.  Everyone who is good at it has spent time learning it.   
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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2010, 07:05:56 PM »

You know a grammar text book on about the sixth grade level will teach you pretty much anything you need to know. Any intelligent person really can learn grammar if they're determined. I'm not saying it's easy to learn as an adult, but it is possible and really important for a writer.

I just finished doing a critique of just one chapter for a writer who claimed to "not know grammar". It was a pretty good chapter otherwise but by the time I finished and she read the critique she claimed 1. I was brutal and 2. she felt like I was smacking her hand with a ruler. But without correct grammar, as you mention, work is not publishable. Doing this for an entire novel would have been impossible.

I know this is not the advice you wanted to hear, but you really can't depend on software or even critique groups.
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« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2010, 11:25:42 PM »

Isn't there a book out there, written in the same vain of Elements of Style, called Elements of Grammar? I believe I've seen it before, gracing a friend's bookshelf.

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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2010, 06:29:51 AM »

Thanks for your advise...maybe it was just wishful thinking. I guess I'll have to pick up a few books. Hopefully my head wont explode from all the rules... stupid
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« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2010, 02:56:51 PM »

Hi Jennifer

I don't know if this will help you - it is basic English Grammar on this site:

http://www.dailywritingtips.com/  it is a free download, and is basic but there are some useful hints.
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« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2010, 06:26:54 AM »

Thank you mickip...good site!
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« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2010, 10:25:07 AM »

JenniferS,

Here are some more online resources for you:

OWL at Purdue
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/

Lousy Writer
http://www.lousywriter.com/

Grammar Girl
http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/

Common Errors in English
http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/

I give these resources to my English Comp. students. Hope you find them useful.

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« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2010, 06:15:30 AM »

Thanks.
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« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2010, 03:27:57 PM »

Hey I'm a newbie so bear with me please.
But I like this software (ReadPlease) that reads to me via the
computer speakers for my Word doc. It's got limitations, but I've
caught a lot of "fleas" that needed combing out of my sentences.


http://www.readplease.com/
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« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2010, 06:25:10 PM »

My boyfriend does this for me. Should I be checking for fleas?
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« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2011, 11:14:18 PM »

JeanneG, I'm so fortunate not to be one of your students.  I checked the sites you offered.  I would spend my time in your class frustrating you to the bone and being sent to the Principal just to give you some quiet time. Yes
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« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2011, 03:53:16 PM »

I prefer working through a textbook.  the old fashiones way works for me when it comes to grammar and punctuation.  I am using ENGLISH 101 texrbooks. 
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