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    Is it grammatically correct?

    Hello everyone, I need your help to check this review I was gonna post in a famous sites of food reviews. Some people I know, that speak american english, accused me that my grammar in the following sentences is really awful and it's almost impossible to read; I was really sure it was but now I want your help. Let me first introduce to the context to better understand what I meant. I was in Taiwan during August, and i was in this sushi bar to try some new dishes, obviously I never tried the true asian cuisine in Italy, so after I ate my food I was really surprised.
    I tried to write an undestandable review in a formal way, I know my english's limits and I know my grammar is still so bad, so can you please try to tell me if there's something wrong in the form or grammar?

    here we go:
    I've been here with my Taiwanese girlfriend and she guarenteed me I still hadn't tried something like this in Europe; once I ate my sushi/sashimi I guessed why she told me so. If you are in Taipei it would be the right choice if you want to try really good dishes.
    Last edited by marcogalletti; 22-Sep-2016 at 21:09.

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    #2

    Re: Is it grammatically correct?

    The first thing you need to do is click on "Edit Post", capitalise the word "I" every time you have used it, capitalise "Europe" and "August" (and any other proper nouns) then click "Save".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Is it grammatically correct?

    You also need to write shorter sentences, not ones that go on and on and on.

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    #4

    Re: Is it grammatically correct?

    Thank you for these answers. I need to tell you honestly, this is the first time I've heard about capitalizing the "I" in english, so really thank you because I just googled it and now I can add something on my cultural background (I know obviously about Europe and August but I didn't pay attention to it). What about the grammar structure?
    For Dave, I think they may be long but I used a lot of comas and periods which make them more readable but I guess that when I try to type in english I'm more focused on contents than periods.
    Last edited by marcogalletti; 22-Sep-2016 at 22:34.

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    #5

    Re: Is it grammatically correct?

    I know I shouldn't but is there someone who wants to help me? I just want to know the grammar mistakes on my review.
    Thank you.

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    #6

    Re: Is it grammatically correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by marcogalletti View Post
    Hello everyone, I need your help to check this review I was gonna going to post in on a famous food-review site. of food reviews. Some people I know that speak American English accused me have stated that my grammar in the following sentences is really awful, and it's almost impossible to read; I wasn't really sure it was, but now so that's why I want need your help. Let me first introduce to the context for you to better understand what I meant. I was in Taiwan during August, and I was in this sushi bar to try some new dishes. Obviously, I had never tried the true genuine Asian cuisine in Italy, so after I ate my that food, I was really surprised.
    I tried to write an understandable review in a formal way. I know my english's limits when it comes to English, and I know my grammar is not great, still so bad, so can you please try to tell me if there's something wrong in the form or with my grammar.

    Here we go:
    I 've been here had dinner with my Taiwanese girlfriend in Taipei Fine Sushi last week, and before going there, she guaranteed me that I still hadn't tried something wouldn't have had anything like this in Europe. Once I ate my tasted their sushi/sashimi, I guessed could appreciate why she told me so. If you are in Taipei, you should definitely check out this fantastic restaurant it would be the right choice if you want to try really fine authentic Asian cuisine. good dishes.
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    #7

    Re: Is it grammatically correct?

    Thank you for your answer and for spending your time to help me, I'm grateful for it. As you can see there's still a lot of work to do. Probably because when a foreign person learns a new language he tries to keep his native language structure, and this is the awkward result. Also, is it really a big mistake to keep the "had not tried something like this"? I tried to referred it to a past action that already ended when I wrote the review. I thought it may not sound "smooth" to read but the grammar still worked.

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    Re: Is it grammatically correct?

    There's nothing wrong with saying "I had not tried something like this" but you prefaced it with "still", which was wrong.

    My girlfriend was sure I hadn't tried anything like this before.
    My girlfriend was sure I had never tried something like this before.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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