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    Most of us vindicate

    This, coupled with my parents and siblings continuous reminder of my failure in life was the brewing “rocket fuel” that I needed to overcome life’s difficulties.

    Most of us vindicate positive criticism, I for one believe that negative criticism is an essential ‘proponent’ in helping me achieve substantial changes in life.

    Spot any grammar or punctuation errors?

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    Re: Most of us vindicate

    I would use "continual" rather than "continuous". You need a comma after "failure in life".

    I don't like the use of "vindicate" in the second and you need a full stop after "positive criticism".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Most of us vindicate

    You also need to use apostrophes in "parents" and "siblings."

    If you're talking about both your parents, then use parents'.
    If you're talking about one of your parents, then use parent's.
    If you're talking about two or more siblings, then use siblings'.
    If you're talking about one sibling, then use sibling's.

    Otherwise, say: "This, coupled with my parents and siblings continually reminding me of my failure ...etc."

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    #4

    Re: Most of us vindicate

    Most of us vindicate positive criticism. I for one believe that negative criticism is an essential ‘proponent’ in helping me achieve substantial changes in life.

    Emsr said she doesn't like '"vindicate"(meaning "justify). What would be a better word?

    Is the word "proponent"(meaning one who advocates) appropriate? How about "impetus"?

    I think there should be a "positive" after "substantial".
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Most of us vindicate

    I don't like "brewing 'rocket fuel'". I don't think rocket fuel needs quotes - it's a metaphor, and these are not normally quoted. And "brewing rocket fuel" is a mixed metaphor (if, as I believe, rocket fuel is not brewed).

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