I write my hubs on a word document then I copy and paste them to hubpages.
Am I the only dumb-ass who just puts it up and hopes for the best?
I dunno, word threatens me with all sorts of errors such as "passive sentence" and tries to talk me out of writing stuff and steals all my best words like smurgolocious pretending it is not a real word then swiping it and storing it somewhere to give to Microsoft.
I don''t trust Bill Gates software since he started giving all those billions to charity.
Seriously I think I may just be dead slack!
I have used online grammar checks before, but don't think much of them. One checker suggested that using the word "lady" was sexist, suggesting that "woman" was the correct word to use. Yet, the use of "gentleman" went without comment.
There is no grammar checker that does a better job than the human mind that understands how words come together to make meaning.
You check your grammar errors before posting by knowing the rules of grammar. No software can do this for you.
Thanks to everybody, but Microsoft Word cannot correct grammatical errors, right?
There are some smart sites that can correct grammatical errors, but you have to pay.
I use word, and hope that I have not made any mistakes. I am too cheap to buy a program
No program can do better than your educated and trained mind. Don't waste your money.
This is true...
...but at the same time, there are instances where a little extra help is needed. Occasionally, word does pick up on little things here and there. When it does, I always go back and re-read the sentence to make sure that it's right. Most of the time, I don't have to worry, but sometimes, the program suggests a re-ordering of words that I wouldn't have thought of.
That's because you already have a grounding in grammar. You're not looking to Word to fix everything that's wrong, only to suggest an alternative to something you might have missed. Word is somewhat good for that, but more times than not, it's WAY off the mark.
You're right about that.. sometimes it does have the tendency to come up with things that are slightly bizarre.
Word still has it's advantages outside of grammar checking though. It catches a lot of misspelled words, and I've found the reading reports to be invaluable. Also, my dictation software works perfect with word, which is a huge added bonus.
Word should never be used in place of a good education, but, like any tool, it should be used as such.
And I'd like to add that education about writing skills can come from experiences in high school or college or much, much later in life. It depends on whether you really, really want to communicate so that others can understand you.
There is no excuse for faulty grammar when you want to write a public piece. Grammar checkers might be helpful, but only to the extent that you understand the rules of grammar in the first place.
I don't use anything, just read it carefully myself and hope I spot any errors.
While Word does not get it right all the time, it is very good. I can usually find what they miss.
Word grammar checking will often confuse, and if you are of a sort of mind that goes down irrelevant paths just for the hell of it, then Word is your worst grammar enemy.
I just type into whatever space I have to type in to, be it a forum a form or a hub text capsule, hope for the best, then find my errors a couple of years later!
That little wizard who watches over word does a pretty good job at correcting grammar, I always wondered what his name was or is?
Actually I don't check for grammar errors before posting to the forums
I use Word. It picks up typos and misspellings. I also notice the grammar suggestions. Sometimes I will accept what it says and simplify a sentence construction, because I do tend to write slightly back to front long winded sentences on a first pass.
I tend to just type and type my first draft - it will need a reread and edit anyway, regardless of the grammar and typo issues.
At least it makes the job of building a Hubpage easy - becuase by that time I have a fully constructed piece ready to cut and paste. And of course I have a copy just in case.
I use Word for the spelling and grammar. If there are grammar issues, I change it even if it doesn't look wrong to me. Like the fact that it recognizes sentence fragments. A lot of writing uses fragments for a casual sound in the article, but many professional sites won't use it, so I change it.
After I check with Word, I read it over myself looking for specific things that I have a tendency to have problems with. I may have to look at it two or three times to make sure I caught everything (and I'm sure I still miss some). I know it sounds like a lot of work, but I think it's a good practice to get into if I should ever write for someone else.
I find that I catch at least 95% of my grammatical errors simply by starting at the end of my article, and reading the sentences aloud, one at a time. Then I back up through the article.
If I need a very complex sentence, and I am not sure of the grammar, I diagram it in my head.
Earnestshub, I believe the word you are looking for is actually spelt smurgolocutious (the last half of that word meaning "full of words"). I look forward to reading your hub on smurgs. I must admit that I have not thought much about two midgets fighting in the vicinity of a power cable until you mentioned it (see the Urban Dictionary).
Goodness me! I should have spell checked shouldn't I?
Many people have not considered two midgets fighting under a power line, so don't feel bad about it, no biggy.
I like to think of it as a very small niche subject myself.
I tried writing about smurgs without the long-tail and got very few hits......the niche was too broad I suppose.
I've always typed my articles in Microsoft Word and then copied them into Hub Capsules, but always proof read prior to copying.
I use a plugin and it works great but it doesn't work in word or any other program it does however work with Google docs. It works when you make comments,forum post, and in most tett editors
I use a plugin or extinction and it works great but it doesn't work in word or any other program it does however work with Google docs. It works when you make comments,forum post, and in most text editors such as hubpages. It catches some grammar mistakes and some miss use of words. Like your you're or there or their http://www.afterthedeadline.com/ I believe you must have firefox but it might work on other browsers and its free and it does not slow your computer down.
I use both the spellchecker in Word and my own eyes to proofread. I wish I had the means to hire a proofreader other than myself, because when a person reads his own writing, he can miss errors that he'd catch in something he didn't write.
Every good writer needs a proofreader, and more times than not, an editor. I am lucky to have a daughter who has this critical eye. She proofs and edits for me and I dog-sit for her, among a few other things. So, we have a trade that works. I think I get the better end of the deal.
You may find that you have a friend out there somewhere, with that eye, with whom you can trade.
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