Read before you post Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone:

Do you know the easiest way to catch errors? Read your document OUT LOUD before you submit it for grading. I recently read my novel’s manuscript (90,003 words) out loud and was amazed at what I caught.

The thing is, some students ignore that advice and post some really awkward sentences. They apparently also ignore the spell check and grammar check on their computers, as well. Please, if you value your grade, do not post some of the following sentences:

Weather or knot he goes, I will bee their.

The birds our flying overhead.

Makes the thing I do easy when I can just stop by and grab something knowing for  a fact its going to bee in the same spot ready to go (note the lack of punctuation in this wanna be sentence.)

Just a good vibe to sea when you walk in the building (again, no punctuation is just one of the problems here. Add in slang and a misspelled word and a sentence fragment and you have a combination worthy of a poor grade.)

IT Jones making to chief and start ordering people to get qualification when she did not have any as a IT.

Due to IT nickel accent from his culture it create miscommunication because his worker could not understand his instructions.

The first two I made up, but they have their basis in a freshman writing course I taught. The rest came from junior/senior level writing papers in the past two weeks.


Dr. Sheri


Sheri Dean Parmelee has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Regent University. She writes books on practical tips for people who become unexpectedly unmarried and is working on her second novel in a series of contemporary romance/suspense novels. She teaches at three colleges, working with students from freshmen to graduate students. Her hobbies include running 8 miles a day and reading biographies and fiction.

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