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    Unhappy Problem with English level

    I am a non-native English speaker and a writer by profession. I've been having several negative comments on my articles. My articles don't have major grammatical errors, but many native English speakers pointed out that there are contextual errors. I asked them to highlight on the incorrect areas but they didn't. That's when I thought of joining this forum and getting some advice on how to write like a native.

    Any advice?

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    Default Re: Problem with English level

    Welcome Ronniehall,

    You could, for instance, post your articles (full or in parts, depending on their length) in the "Writing and Editing" section, where you are likely to receive the answers you need. Take it easy, though, as all contributors here are volunteers and it may take some time for a piece of writing to be commented on/corrected.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    I would be interested to see what the "contextual errors" are so it's a shame they didn't let you know what they were. There are only a couple of hints in your first post which would have made me think you are not a native speaker:

    1) The use of "highlight on". It should be "I asked them to highlight the incorrect areas".
    2) Saying "That's when I thought of joining this forum". People don't just "think of joining a forum" out of the blue. I would have expected to see "That's when I discovered this forum and decided to join it in order to get some advice ..."

    I agree with charliedeut's suggestion about posting in the Editing and Writing Topics section. Try not to post too much at a time though. Many of us, when faced with a piece longer than about ten or fifteen sentences, will think "No, I don't have time to do that justice" and we will go and finder a shorter post to deal with.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Problem with English level

    "I've been having several negative comments on my articles."
    This would be better as "I've had several negative comments on my articles".

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    Default Re: Problem with English level

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "I've been having several negative comments on my articles."
    This would be better as "I've had several negative comments on my articles".
    Well spotted although I guess if this is a regular occurrence, then the continuous is possible. I would prefer the continuous without "several" though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Well spotted although I guess if this is a regular occurrence, then the continuous is possible. I would prefer the continuous without "several" though.
    That construction, using the continuous form, is very common in Indian English. I thought that the OP would be better using a more internationally acceptable form.

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    Default Re: Problem with English level

    I thought Ask a Teacher section would be suitable for the post. Anyways, thanks for the suggestions. From next time, I'd post similar threads in the editing and writing section.

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    Default Re: Problem with English level

    Quote Originally Posted by Ronniehall View Post
    I thought Ask a Teacher section would be suitable for the post. Anyways, thanks for the suggestions. From next time, I'd post similar threads in the editing and writing section.
    Ask a Teacher was fine for this post but when you actually want us to look at pieces of writing, they should go in the Editing and Writing Topics.
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