I always have a problem with Comma

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I always have a problem with Comma

Post by Bavithra M » 16 Oct 2018, 00:05

Hi all, I am a newbie though my reviews are good i always lose scores because of misplacing Comma. Can anyone please suggest me any good applications that can help me with my punctuation errors?
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Post by JHuschle519 » 16 Oct 2018, 05:37

I don't know of any application to help you, but I always have this site open when I am proofreading my reviews:

https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writ ... index.html

It's not an absolute guide, but it helps me catch most of my mistakes.

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Post by HollandBlue » 16 Oct 2018, 06:50

Try asking Google about when to use a comma, that's what I do.
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Post by jgraney8 » 17 Oct 2018, 12:20

If you go to this page on Grammary Bytes http://www.chompchomp.com/rules.htm and scroll down to Comma Tips, you might find some help for your challenges with commas. Could you be more specific about what comma problems the reviewers are dinging you for?
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Post by fernsmom » 20 Oct 2018, 07:57

I am a little embarrassed to admit, that I also misuse the comma in sentences. That is probably the main error if any are found that the editors point out on my reviews. It's actually kind of amusing as I tried Grammarly and other sites to check my grammar, and supposedly it checks your punctuation as well. But, on the times I checked the punctuation with one of these internet sites I actually received the worst score. So, I'm not sure which site to use now. Keep in mind I'm 54 and high school was a long time ago! Has anyone found a site that is more apt to be proficient? At least on the punctuation since that is my main problem.

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Post by HollandBlue » 24 Oct 2018, 09:35

Commas are pesky little grammatical marks, aren't they?
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Post by MaryPowers88 » 06 Nov 2018, 13:28

I am so glad to read these posts about commas. Sigh. I used Grammarly to double check a review I'd just written and it said no errors. Alas, there were many issues when I submitted the piece. Aargh! I had the same issue when working directly with an editor so I'm not so impressed with the Grammarly software. Thanks to all of you with information about additional sources.

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Post by Thokchom Alice » 17 Nov 2018, 02:39

If you ever hesitate about using a comma, try searching on the net. Or you may want to install the app 'grammarly'. It will help.
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Post by CatInTheHat » 17 Nov 2018, 11:53

MaryPowers88 wrote:
06 Nov 2018, 13:28
I am so glad to read these posts about commas. Sigh. I used Grammarly to double check a review I'd just written and it said no errors. Alas, there were many issues when I submitted the piece. Aargh! I had the same issue when working directly with an editor so I'm not so impressed with the Grammarly software. Thanks to all of you with information about additional sources.
Are you using the free Grammarly or the Premium? Premium shows more types of errors.
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Post by MaryPowers88 » 18 Nov 2018, 02:09

I've used both the free and paid subscriptions to Grammarly. I only recently learned that there is an Academic setting in the paid version that should pick up any comma errors. I may pay for it again on a trial basis to see if that is true.

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Post by Bianka Walter » 19 Nov 2018, 01:28

MaryPowers88 wrote:
18 Nov 2018, 02:09
I've used both the free and paid subscriptions to Grammarly. I only recently learned that there is an Academic setting in the paid version that should pick up any comma errors. I may pay for it again on a trial basis to see if that is true.
I prefer Scribens over Grammarly - give that a go. Otherwise, PaperRater is also quite good.
When in doubt, put your review through all of the checkers :)
Or, you can always ask :)

PS. I found the paid subscription to Grammarly didn't pick up the errors I needed it to. I didn't think it was worth the money.
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Post by sri varshini303041 » 20 Nov 2018, 03:25

I always make mistakes in Tense structure and commas... I don't know how to fix it... I double check my review with Grammarly and Scribens. Still, there are so many mistakes in the review. my review score is affected by this. can anyone please help?

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Post by MaryPowers88 » 21 Nov 2018, 03:02

Thank you, Bianka Walter! I had not heard of the two programs you mentioned and I will check them out. Especially thank you for letting me know that Grammarly did not pick up errors with the paid version. I used the paid version for a year while working directly with an editor and it was crazy-making. I appreciate the feedback!

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