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Spelling and Grammar are Important Aspects of Great Hubs

Updated on September 21, 2013
Reading while watching for mistakes.
Reading while watching for mistakes. | Source

Simple Problems with Some Hubs I've Read Recently

There have been some hubs I've read recently where simple problems with spelling, grammar or punctuation exist. Many times they are things that the author should be able to find easily especially if American English is their first language.

If American English or even British English is not your first language, I'd suggest asking for help in some way. From what I found recently, the only way to email you privately (to make suggestions on errors seen) is to become your fan. Then when checking out the hubbers activity there is an option at the top of that section to email that particular hubber. The only other suggestion I would make is to ask for help in the comment section of each hub.

Before changing your hub after receiving any suggestions, I would then suggest checking out those suggestions online with some of the many types of dictionaries to make sure the ideas suggested by others are spot-on.

Many times other authors have good intentions, but their ideas aren't necessarily any better than your own for things related to the mechanics of writing.

Am I an Expert in This Field?

I would not consider myself an expert in this field. I do not have any type of English or Writing Major in College and it's been a long time since I was in High School. I did take a course at the local College a couple of years ago, but although I was hoping I would learn better English Grammar, it taught about blogging.

I've been working for the past two years as a submission editor for a small press publishing house, I still have a lot to learn myself. I have always been an A speller, but I have found that as I've gotten older I need to check certain words out more than I needed to when I was younger.

Simple Things to Watch Keep in Mind

One aspect of writing that many people miss especially in the area of spelling words correctly is to watch for words underlined in red in the text module both here at hubpages and other places online that you can do some writing.

If you right click on a word underlined in red it will give you suggestions for a better spelling. Sometimes it just wants you to capitalize the word, other times you will see that you have your vowels mixed up or that you are missing a letter or two. Generally all you have to do is left click on the word suggested that you know to be the correct spelling and it will take the place of the wrong word you used.

If you find that it doesn't give you any solid suggestions to what you're intending to write, then that means you aren't anywhere close to the proper spelling. When that happens you need to do a bit of preliminary work to try to come up with some options for the actual spelling or something closer. It could be that you are missing a silent letter, of which there are many in the English language.

Another option is to go to Dictionary.com and put your word choice in their search box. You could get similar results there as well. It could give you suggestions for several words you might be intending, or it might not have any suggestions at all.

If you keep running into the scenario where no suggestions are given, then you could always put the phrase or sentence into the search engine that you use. Many times that can catch the word used incorrectly.

Why Does All of This Matter?

If you want to be taken seriously as a writer and as a great hubber, you need to do your best to make sure your writing is everything it can be. You want good traffic and I'm sure you would like to have passive income for the future, all of this is dependent on how well you can write.

Ways to Improve Your Writing Ability

The easiest way for some would be to take some classes in American or British English. If money, time or transportation is an issue, then I'd suggest joining some writing sites. I've been a part of one since 2007 and it has helped my writing immensely. Had I not joined that site, I would not be working as an intern submission editor, nor would I have been able to proof my husband's book, nor would my writing be what it is today.

Another thing you can do is study online sources. There is much information about the proper use of commas. I did take a comma class which didn't cost me hardly any money at all, maybe about three dollars, on the writing site that I'm on, but the material taught can be found on the web if you take the time to search it out.

On the first link provided below this section is a good source for any thing related to writing that you need to know. It has many rules related to commas and other things as well. I highly recommend it to the novice writer as well as those that have been writing for years.

I will be sharing other tips on how to improve y/our writing and will provide links as much as possible for each of those ideas, but I've decided to provide these in separate hubs, so stay tuned for more hubs of mine along these lines.

Having dictionary's at your fingertips is a must. Utilize either those in your home or library, or those available online.
Having dictionary's at your fingertips is a must. Utilize either those in your home or library, or those available online. | Source

American English vs. British English

One thing for those that were not raised with English as their native language is to realize that there are some words that are spelled a bit differently between the two. Some of the more common ones are that British English uses the vowels 'ou' together in certain words, whereas, American English only uses the 'o'.

Some examples of this are:

color - American English and colour - British English

honor and honour

favor and favour and many more

Below you will find a hub showing the difference in certain words. The main thing is to be aware of who you are writing for and where you plan on placing or publishing your work. If you write more naturally using the British English words, I think it's a good idea to state this somewhere in your bio if no where else, so your readers give you the benefit of the doubt, and realize you know what you are doing.

If Ever in Doubt Check This Link Out

There are several resources on the web for checking out grammar, spelling, similar words, homophones, figures of speech, punctuation and about anything you need to know about. This link I'm providing below can answer a lot of those questions you might have and more. You can even get a daily email with that day's post from the author of the site and her guest writers.

In Summary

There are many aspects to making our writing and hubs the best they can be.

One of the best things to do is to read through your own hub before publishing it, in the preview mode. Then after publishing it, read it through again and make any necessary edits. When you are done read it through again. I know this seems like over-doing it, but would you rather find the mistakes if there are any yourself, or have them pointed out to you by others.

Now if the mechanics of writing isn't your forte, then that's about the only choice you have. But, you might still find some of the mistakes yourself by reading it first.

Edit When Needed

Many of us don't use erasers much in our writing especially when using our computers, but this eraser epitomizes editing.
Many of us don't use erasers much in our writing especially when using our computers, but this eraser epitomizes editing. | Source

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    • Marsha Musselman1 profile image
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      Marsha Musselman 4 years ago from Michigan, USA

      Thank you, Keely, for the comments and vote.

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      Keely Deuschle 4 years ago from Florida

      I absolutely agree that spelling and grammar are highly important to having a successful hub, blog, or any article. Too often, writing is quickly done leaving some misspellings that can lessen the credibility of an article. Voted up!

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      Marsha Musselman 4 years ago from Michigan, USA

      Thank you Bearnmom for your comments and vote. I don't use colloquialisms to my knowledge. I even have to look that up to be sure what it is. There are a lot of things we can use in our writings, though, like figures of speech and sayings that might not be well-known to everyone, but that they can look up to find the meanings of at least.

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      Laura L Scotty 4 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      Marsha, I appreciate your advice and I've always strived to do my best in that area. There are times I use colloquialisms and I've meant to bend the rules. Those are not often, usually in my story telling. You are welcome to critique my writings any time. Voted up.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      You are welcome

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      Marsha Musselman 4 years ago from Michigan, USA

      Thanks for the comments and the vote.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Hi Marsha,

      I absolutely agree that writers should check their work before they publish it. Thanks for the awesome hub. Voted up.

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      Marsha Musselman 4 years ago from Michigan, USA

      Thanks Marlin and Jabelufiroz for your kind comments.

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      Firoz 4 years ago from India

      Impressive hub on importance of Spelling and Grammar. Voted up.

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      Marlin 55 4 years ago from USA

      Hi Marsha, I couldn't agree more. I think most of us here on Hubpages wish to publish a well polished article. You are always welcome to check my articles for mistakes.