Grammar, punctuation and things that make reviews better.

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Grammar, punctuation and things that make reviews better.

LicentiouslyYours LicentiouslyYours
As I sit and read reviews and think of things that people can do to improve reviews, the one thing that comes to my mind over and over is proper grammar and punctuation. Now, simply using proper grammar and punctuation will not ensure a good review, but without it, the good review can be difficult to find.

When you neglect to use proper capitalization or periods and commas, it makes your review more difficult to read and often very difficult to understand.

Of course, nobody is perfect (least of all, me ) and we all make a mistake or two along the way, but making the effort to proof read reviews and use basic grammar can improve the reader's experience and improve your ratings as well.

2 things to watch for:

discreet vs. discrete - if you mean your vibrator is good at going unnoticed, it is discreet.

it's vs. its - this is one that tends to trip me up. I have to stop and think about which version to use each time I type it. If you mean It is, then you type "it's". If you are talking about something that belongs to it, then you type "its".

What is your grammar Achilles heel?
12/29/2009
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Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
The biggest mistake I consistently make (that I notice anyway) is mixing American words with UK words. For example ass/arse. The problem is, I have a very good friend who is from the UK, and her dialect is contagious for me both in speech and writing. That's why I'm thrilled that Alan & I write together, because he catches and corrects those things... usually (lol).
12/29/2009
EffinSara EffinSara
Commas. My first language was English, but because I am multilingual and was recently living overseas and working in a non-English-speaking environment I often throw in extra commas. I had to restrain myself from putting in two unnecessary commas in that last sentence!
12/29/2009
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
For some reason, I may not know the grammar rules, but I seem to just know a lot of it naturally.

I totally agree that this takes away from a review. I will never give a review an extremely useful rating if it is full of grammar mistakes. One or tow or even three is fine, but it takes away from your professionalism when you fail to use capitalization or commas.

good topic Laurel!
12/29/2009
Kayla Kayla
I can't say I have too many problems. My biggest problem though would probably be getting distracted in the middle of a review and typing the word that was distracting me. Dealing with my sister's television habit and my boyfriend's constant chatter tends to distract me.
12/29/2009
Owl Identified Owl Identified
Commas! Also sometimes really simple things like pronoun agreement. I don't know, I think it honestly depends on my mood. Some days I'm just sharper and more attentive than others.
12/29/2009
Owl Identified Owl Identified
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Commas! Also sometimes really simple things like pronoun agreement. I don't know, I think it honestly depends on my mood. Some days I'm just sharper and more attentive than others.
I should make a note that I am not a grammar fascist by any means. I believe that colloquialism and slang and bending rules of written English are 100% okay as long as your meaning is intelligible. Grammar exists for the sole purpose of organizing and ordering language so that it can be universally accessible.
12/29/2009
Sephymuffins Sephymuffins
I have a tendency to, at times, misspell words. And the funny thing about that is the fact that I know how to spell the words, but whenever I write them out, it all goes to hell pretty fast.

Other than that, I don't really have any other major flaw or "Achilles heel" as Laurel would say. I do well when it comes to writing. I always double check my reviews for mistakes five times over before I submit them, too.
12/29/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
My problem? I like commas like others. I spell things.. pretentiously but I also agree with Sex, Lies and Pre-law that slang can be absolutely fine as long as it's pretty universal. I'd also never think "Whoa, what on Earth does 'arse' mean?" Things like that actually add a bit of personality, sometimes.

My biggest problem is not proofreading well enough, honestly. My mistakes are just that (not out of ignorance).
12/29/2009
Gary Gary
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Originally posted by Adriana Ravenlust
My problem? I like commas like others. I spell things.. pretentiously but I also agree with Sex, Lies and Pre-law that slang can be absolutely fine as long as it's pretty universal. I'd also never think "Whoa, what on Earth does ...
What is this 'arse' that you speak of
12/29/2009
Victoria Victoria
I personally lurve the semicolon.. Yeah, I think a lot of the errors in reviews are not out of ignorance - they're just little things people missed because they were caught up in the writing and didn't catch a simple contextual error or missing punctuation. It happens. Hell, I see typos in all the "big blogs" and many of the online news outlets. Human error
12/29/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
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Originally posted by Victoria
I personally lurve the semicolon.. Yeah, I think a lot of the errors in reviews are not out of ignorance - they're just little things people missed because they were caught up in the writing and didn't catch a simple contextual error or ...
I also have trouble with words that are mistyped but still works. I frequently switch "is" and "it" only because I go so fast (trying to keep up with my train of thought).
12/29/2009
Gary Gary
When I am typing fast I will type 'jsut' pretty often because of the back and forth rhythm of typing. That one is no big deal because spell check catches it, BUT, I do the same thing with 'from' a lot, typing 'form'. Spell check does not catch that one.
12/29/2009
Darling Dove Darling Dove
I do the same stuff, gary
Worst of all I will type some things completely backwards, or have all the letters, but in the wrong order entirely.
I am slightly dyslexic, and I've mostly grown out of it but it catches up with me sometimes. Besides those things.. I don't know, I'm not a stickler for grammar. I usually read through and catch a few typos though, then go fix them of course.
12/29/2009
LicentiouslyYours LicentiouslyYours
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Originally posted by Gary
When I am typing fast I will type 'jsut' pretty often because of the back and forth rhythm of typing. That one is no big deal because spell check catches it, BUT, I do the same thing with 'from' a lot, typing 'form'. Spell ...
Oh, I have the same problem, especially with the word "the." Yes, the infamous "teh!" Someone once told me that this is a result of your hands typing at uneven speeds due to left or right brain dominance.
12/29/2009
Jen&Clint Jen&Clint
I for one am far from the best at this. I love the fact that EF is willing to help and give pointers on what you can do to better your review, but I tend to leave things out. Now my 4y/o is a very active and hyper little thing that loves to bug the crap out of the person that is busy and most of the times she is very loud. I have the hardest time proof reading when she is up to make sure the grammar is right. I usually end up doing it late at night by then I am so freaking tired I miss a lot of things and just look like an idiot.

Thanks to my husband proof reading the reviews a few times before I submit has saved me some what. Everyone makes mistakes and sometimes the mistakes are the little things that are missed the most.
12/29/2009
Victoria Victoria
LOVE this post here Enjoy!
12/31/2009
gone77 gone77
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Originally posted by Victoria
LOVE this post here Enjoy!
Oh, I love, love, LOVE that. That addresses some of my biggest pet peeves. I <3 you for linking to that.
12/31/2009
gone77 gone77
I'm fairly conscientious about my spelling but grammar will often bite me in the ass. I do my best, though, to write reviews that are easily understood. Commas and semicolons trip my ass up, dude. I probably get their placement wrong all the bloody time. lol Oh, and I dangle the fuck out of my participles. lol As long as what I'm saying is understood I try not to worry too much.
12/31/2009
El-Jaro El-Jaro
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Originally posted by Victoria
LOVE this post here Enjoy!
You make me happy with this!

periods end thoughts
commas are breathers
semi-colons for when you need to link two idea together
colons are for telling the reader you have a list ahead of them (well...ONE use)

Never start a sentence with a number, spell it out

General Rule: If you find three or more commas in one sentence, you probably have a run on or a comma-splice

hyphens split words that look weird together

If all else fails, type it up in word or something and copy/paste it

I proof for my job (I work at home), these are the most common things I see.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
12/31/2009
Raven Raven
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Originally posted by Victoria
LOVE this post here Enjoy!
That's one of the funniest things I've seen for a while. That guy is a genius.
12/31/2009
gone77 gone77
Quote:
Originally posted by El-Jaro
You make me happy with this!

periods end thoughts
commas are breathers
semi-colons for when you need to link two idea together
colons are for telling the reader you have a list ahead of them (well...ONE use)

Never start a ...
Ah, you mentioned hyphens! I admit I've become a bit hyphen happy of late. It's probably a bad thing, but I can't seem to help myself. lol
12/31/2009
ArmyWife Kira ArmyWife Kira
I never knew I had an its it's problem until I read this post! lol! I have started noticing myself type it's when it should be its. I am sorry for all those apostrophes you've had to erase!
12/31/2009
FAM4LIFE FAM4LIFE
As a new user, this is all very helpful! I was a very good writer in school, but fear that I have since lost some of my style and grammatical grace.
12/31/2009
Holly Hox Holly Hox
Yep I agree with Gary. I get some of my letters flipped sometimes when I start typing quickly. I always try to go back and read what I am writing to make sure that all of the mistakes have been caught. Sometimes even my own eyes miss them, though.

But I do agree that poor grammar and spelling can really take away from a good read.
12/31/2009
Sir Sir
If the person is a new reviewer, I will not make their rating less useful for grammatical/spelling errors. I will tell them about their errors, then when they have written more, start to vote down on it. Generally, typos are something that are just that - typos. They happen. I'm the type of person where it just makes the person seem more real when they make typos, because it shows "Hey, their review is wonderful, and yes, they're a real person." So no, I do not take off for typos here and there, but if they are throughout the entire review, I will.

As for me, I never mix up these, and I notice it as I'm typing. The only time that I don't notice it is when I change the sentence that I was going to write. In one of my summaries, I wrote "it's" instead of "its" because I changed my thought process but forgot to change the form of the word/contraction. It happens. When I noticed it, I immediately went and edited it to make it correct.

I do not have an exact flaw in my writing, in terms of grammar errors that I do not know of. My grammar is fairly perfect and correct, because I am a writer in addition to this. I learned with time and doing. I studied, too. I make typos though, yes, like I said earlier. Everyone does, it happens. I think that the thing that I most make a typo of is omitting words. I'll write a sentence and say, "The flogger beautiful, strong, durable, and exciting." Notice the omission of "is."
12/31/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
Quote:
Originally posted by El-Jaro
You make me happy with this!

periods end thoughts
commas are breathers
semi-colons for when you need to link two idea together
colons are for telling the reader you have a list ahead of them (well...ONE use)

Never start a ...
The other day, MS Word lied to me. It was being grammatically incorrect!
12/31/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
Quote:
Originally posted by Gary
When I am typing fast I will type 'jsut' pretty often because of the back and forth rhythm of typing. That one is no big deal because spell check catches it, BUT, I do the same thing with 'from' a lot, typing 'form'. Spell ...
I have a problem of accidentally adding misspelled words to FF spellcheck cause my mouse sucks
12/31/2009
Sir Sir
Quote:
Originally posted by Adriana Ravenlust
The other day, MS Word lied to me. It was being grammatically incorrect!
Word processors constantly are incorrect. They need to be updated. Ignore it when you know that you're right and it's wrong.
12/31/2009
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
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Originally posted by Victoria
I personally lurve the semicolon.. Yeah, I think a lot of the errors in reviews are not out of ignorance - they're just little things people missed because they were caught up in the writing and didn't catch a simple contextual error or ...
Heh some of the funniest news stories around have errors...I love misplaced modifiers they can make a sentence mean something outrageous! Also the word sentence, I always want to spell it sentance.
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