Improving grammar

#1
So, I received a really bad review (two in truth, but one of them doesn't seem that trustworthy) and it pointed out that my grammar "practically doesn't exist".
I don't personally think it's that bad except a few typos and misplaced punctuation.
I do want to get better though, how do you go about it usually?
I am just asking to see how other authors deal with it, since I am curious on the various modus operandi.

Btw, I just tried the three grammar practices in this page.
I got a score of 80 - 80 - 100.
45/50 in this one.

It seems good but I don't know the level of the tests. Can someone take a look?

Re: Improving grammar

#2
Took a quick look at your fiction and although your grammar isn't perfect, it's not terrible. Here's a paragraph from your fiction and how I'd rewrite it.

One of them came by every six months to inspect the people of the village to see that wished to join the sect. They didn't accept everyone; only those that entered the Qi Gathering realm before twenty could join, and only if you were born and raised in the sect territory. I heard that there were also other ways to join but I didn’t know exactly how.

One of them came to the village every six months to inspect those who wished to join the sect. They didn't accept everyone, only those born in the sect's territory who'd entered the Qi Gathering before age twenty were eligible to join. I'd heard there were other ways to join, but didn't know what they were.

As you can see I really didn't change that much, just reordering some of the words and adjusting some tenses here and there. 

Re: Improving grammar

#5

parkertallan Wrote: Took a quick look at your fiction and although your grammar isn't perfect, it's not terrible. Here's a paragraph from your fiction and how I'd rewrite it.

One of them came by every six months to inspect the people of the village to see that wished to join the sect. They didn't accept everyone; only those that entered the Qi Gathering realm before twenty could join, and only if you were born and raised in the sect territory. I heard that there were also other ways to join but I didn’t know exactly how.

One of them came to the village every six months to inspect those who wished to join the sect. They didn't accept everyone, only those born in the sect's territory who'd entered the Qi Gathering before age twenty were eligible to join. I'd heard there were other ways to join, but didn't know what they were.

As you can see I really didn't change that much, just reordering some of the words and adjusting some tenses here and there. 
There's a typo or something in the bolded part.  You could have "entered Qi Gathering" or "entered the Qi Gathering realm" but not a mix between the two.

Re: Improving grammar

#6
From the perspective of a non-native speaker who struggles with the peculiarities of English grammar and the horrors of spelling (cursed be you British and American spellings of the same word!), I recommend Grammarly. It isn't perfect but it will greatly minimize the number of mistakes. For recognizing and dealing with morbidly long sentences, use Hemingway editor. For learning the basics again... open your textbooks (but I am too lazy to do that, so Grammarly it is).

Re: Improving grammar

#7

Ariana Wrote: From the perspective of a non-native speaker who struggles with the peculiarities of English grammar and the horrors of spelling (cursed be you British and American spellings of the same word!), I recommend Grammarly. It isn't perfect but it will greatly minimize the number of mistakes. For recognizing and dealing with morbidly long sentences, use Hemingway editor. For learning the basics again... open your textbooks (but I am too lazy to do that, so Grammarly it is).


I knew of grammarly, and I will start using it. Hemingway I didn't know, but seems useful. Thanks!

Also thanks to everyone who took the time to see my fiction. I appreciate it.

Re: Improving grammar

#8
If you need help with grammar:
https://app.grammarly.com

https://editor.typely.com/
https://prowritingaid.com/
https://app.autocrit.com/

Anyone works, but some might find X better than Y, etc.


As for what works best for me;
https://www.naturalreaders.com/online/

Just add in your text and listen to your words being read by a 'person'. Bad lines, flaws, etc will stand out like a sore thumb.
Best advice I can give.