Writing Online- Grammar Police Arrests
This Hub is in response to the question below:
“Do you edit your writing prior to publishing it? Your grammar is horrible!”
(asked by a Hubber on the right hand side of my page)
The question was directed at someone else. I have witnessed this scenario before when someone had a go at a Hubber because of poor English. This was about 8 months ago. A lot of people including myself got upset about it and posted our comments to her:
Her Comment in response to his posting in Forums:
“Seriously, I cannot even fathom how HubPages could promote a score of 89 to a "writer" who has such horrific grammatical and spelling errors in the above few sentences.
Before you even consider "writing" anything else, please get a grasp of the English language”
Our comments and Full Forum post: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/21166#post374949
Click Here: Another similar Forum post. ....and there are many more.
Hubpages is a platform for everyone to write and not every one has English as their first Language. Some, come to Hubpages with the intention of actually improving their English. Learning English Language is difficult to as the word order in other languages is very different. Example: I have asked a foreign person to translate this saying “I like London very much”. (I said it and asked her to write it). She wrote: I like very much London, because she translated it in word order from her Language.
I have also been on the other side before. Years ago, before I travelled on Holiday to Barcelona, I took some Spanish classes for about a month. Well, when I arrived in Barcelona, the people spoke to me so fast, my head couldn’t even process it, let alone get my Spanish words out in the correct order. I looked dazed and ended up speaking in English most of the time. Learning languages takes time.
So, as to Hubbers that write with poor Grammar, I think we should let them write because
a) They may be here to make money.
b) They might just want to write for therapy - writing can be therapeutic.
c) They are writing to improve their English, but not particularly interested in Adsense.
Let's not lash out at them and give them a chance. They say, "practice makes perfect." If however, you are itching to correct Grammar, then there are constructive ways of doing so. Maybe you could drop them a friendly email, offer to edit their Hub before publishing or refer them to some good English Grammar books or websites.
Is it possible for people whose first language is not English to write Good Hubs?
Definitely! Check out the following Hubbers:
Ps. If you know any ladies, let me know, so I can update the Hub.
All the Hubbers above, have their Hubs featured on the Home Page weekly.That’s how good their writing is. I also hope any one reading, who is facing English Language challenges finds these Hubbers encouraging.
So, in a Nutshell – could we layoff the handcuffs.
Update: after reading the comments Purple Perl is another good writer whose first Language is not English. She has also shared this link for those who want to learn English online. http://hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Learn-English-Online (Thanks PP)
More, who have come forward in the comments box: (Thank you, ladies)
** A short note to Grammerpolice. P/s don't feel bad about this Hub. The fact that I wrote, it doesn't change my Hublove towards you. :)
Finally, my response to the question was...
I hope the above Grammar will not get me arrested.