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How do you use proper English?

  1. herrypaul profile image67
    herrypaulposted 3 months ago

    We Hubbers are imposed upon using proper English, though you are a non-native speaker. I sometimes find difficulties to use it - it's specially in writing an article. Perhaps you have the same experience with me. If you have, please share with me, how do you use proper English?

    1. lobobrandon profile image81
      lobobrandonposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      Well, you can only "use" proper English if you speak or write in decent English. There's no magic formula to it. You're going to have to improve your English if you want to surpass the basic level required. You do have a few grammatical and/or word choice errors in this forum post as well. Maybe use Microsoft Word which underlines some kind of grammatical or word usage errors. And also use grammarly online it's free I guess. These won't result in the best in terms of language use, but it would help to some extent.

    2. theraggededge profile image94
      theraggededgeposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      Believe it or not, even English speakers have trouble with grammar occasionally. I'm British, but I have to submit work in 'American English'... and I don't always get it right. I use a program called Hemmingway to help me clean up my writing.

      1. SheilaMilne profile image90
        SheilaMilneposted 3 months ago in reply to this

        You do? I stick to British English based on the fact that fewer than half, and sometimes as little as a quarter, of my readers are from the USA.

        1. theraggededge profile image94
          theraggededgeposted 3 months ago in reply to this

          I write for American sites that require US English. On HP and my own site, I write British. Mostly big_smile I have to keep switching dictionaries in Scrivener.

      2. promisem profile image94
        promisemposted 3 months ago in reply to this

        Did you know that Americans created English?  smile

        I suspect British readers don't mind U.S. English any more than U.S. readers mind British English. But I could be wrong.

        1. theraggededge profile image94
          theraggededgeposted 3 months ago in reply to this

          Agreed, but my publishers want US English. That's just the way it is.

          Oh yes, I forgot that we didn't speak English here until after we colonised the States big_smile

          1. promisem profile image94
            promisemposted 3 months ago in reply to this

            LOL. Yep, I forgot about that part of history!

      3. Sulabha profile image81
        Sulabhaposted 3 months ago in reply to this

        Dear theraggededge,
        I liked what you said and so  checked on Hemmingway. I have also signed up. They have said in their Terms & Policy that they won't use our content without our permission, but I still have some hesitation. I think that will go with time.
        In the mean time, I will try to improve my English.

        1. theraggededge profile image94
          theraggededgeposted 3 months ago in reply to this

          I don't save anything in Hemingway, I copy and paste it back into my word processing program (Scrivener) after working on the improvements. It does mess up the formatting somewhat, but that's easily corrected.

          1. Sulabha profile image81
            Sulabhaposted 3 months ago in reply to this

            OK. I will ponder over it.
            Thank you.

    3. herrypaul profile image67
      herrypaulposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      You're right friends. In writing my Hubs, I use both British English and American English. I have trouble with grammar occasionally, or word choice errors. I want people( who read my hubs) to understand what I mean. It seems it's not easy to write what comes on my mind. wink

      1. herrypaul profile image67
        herrypaulposted 3 months ago in reply to this

        Hi, Hubbers! Thank you for your comments/ opinions. smile

      2. Sue Adams profile image92
        Sue Adamsposted 3 months ago in reply to this

        That entry is almost perfect except for:
        "it's not easy to write what comes on my mind." = incorrect.
        translated:
        it's not easy to write what's on my mind.
        Or...
        it's not easy to write what comes into my mind.

        1. herrypaul profile image67
          herrypaulposted 3 months ago in reply to this

          Thank you for the correction. smile

    4. Marisa Wright profile image92
      Marisa Wrightposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      In order to use proper English, you first need to learn to speak it fluently.

      I believe you said you have a degree in English literature - but studying English literature does not teach you how to speak and write modern English fluently.  You still have a lot of further study to do,judging by your current standard.

    5. Sue Adams profile image92
      Sue Adamsposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      Translation into proper English:

      Hubbers are supposed to use proper English even if they are non-native speakers. I sometimes find it difficult, especially when writing an article. Perhaps you have the same experience. If so, please share with me how you manage to use proper English.

      The only way to learn is to be corrected so the mistakes go away.

    6. promisem profile image94
      promisemposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      Herrypaul, free online programs can help you with proper English grammar. Just do a search on "grammar editor".

    7. GA Anderson profile image87
      GA Andersonposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      I start with a proper martini.

      GA

  2. ProBeatStudio profile image74
    ProBeatStudioposted 3 months ago

    Honestly i think it depends entirely on what your writing about, if its British native, write that, if its global use more global English terminology

    1. theraggededge profile image94
      theraggededgeposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      Took a look at your first hub. Very impressive, but HubPages won't let you promote your own site.

      1. herrypaul profile image67
        herrypaulposted 3 months ago in reply to this

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        1. theraggededge profile image94
          theraggededgeposted 3 months ago in reply to this

          Sorry, not yours - ProBeatStudio's.

          If you look to the top right of the page here and click on 'Chronological', you can see who is replying to whom.

  3. Glenis Rix profile image84
    Glenis Rixposted 3 months ago

    I am English and attended what used to be known as a 'grammar school' for 6 years. We studied English Language as part of the curriculum - and my grammar is by no means perfect.The bottom line is that if you are not a native English speaker then it's unlikely that your grammar will ever be perfect. My advice is to get a text book - such as Improve Your Punctation and Grammar by Marion Field.  Or you could try writing your hubs using the Word application and then running a spelling and grammar check before posting them to your hubs.

  4. johnmariow profile image82
    johnmariowposted 2 months ago

    I have the Yahoo Book titled 'The Yahoo Style Guide' which I don't use as often as I should.  It is an excellent book on proper English for publishing on the web.

  5. Sulabha profile image81
    Sulabhaposted 2 months ago

    Yahoo Style Guide... OK, I'll see it if it's free online.
    But last few days, I have come to know that finally Grammarly and Ginger, etc. can only help you to a certain extent and that finally, we have  to improve.
    Yet, another thing I've discovered is that in India we use more of British English. And there is quite a difference between US English and UK English.
    And so the fact is that I need to improve at both ends!

  6. Cindy Kay Shun profile image60
    Cindy Kay Shunposted 6 weeks ago

    good question! i try hard to write english, if you can understand me it good enough for huppages.

 
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