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How to improve your grammar?

Some grammar rules (and embarrassing mistakes!) transcend the uniqueness of different regions and style guides. This new International Grammar section by OnlineBookClub.org ultimately identifies those rules thus providing a simple, flexible rule-set, respecting the differences between regions and style guides. You can feel free to ask general questions about spelling and grammar. You can also provide example sentences for other members to proofread and inform you of any grammar mistakes.

How to improve your grammar?

Post Number:#1 by Nur syazwani
» 08 Sep 2015, 22:38

Hey alls!

Well, I have been speaking english since I was like 7Years old. I am not an american or and English person. I am asian. I do take English literature during my high school days and surpisingly I got an A for that subject. I can speak english very well and understand every aspect of conversing or reading in english. However, what really bugs me until now is that my grammar is absolutely horrible. Any one kind enough to help me improve on it? Feedbacks are welcomed :)

Yours sincerely,
Nur syazwani :
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Re: How to improve your grammar?

Post Number:#2 by kennyhop
» 10 Sep 2015, 10:35

I'd love to help !
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Re: How to improve your grammar?

Post Number:#3 by Ursula_Minor
» 10 Sep 2015, 12:38

Improving grammar can be difficult, but is definitely possible! You can try reading more, and reading outside of the genres you normally select; you'll absorb more about grammar and sentence structure if you're paying more attention. I also recommend hiring a writing tutor. They can be costly (most charge $20/hour, at minimum), but one on one tutoring with an expert will also help you improve much faster.
Best of luck!
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Re: How to improve your grammar?

Post Number:#4 by Ryan
» 10 Sep 2015, 13:25

I'd simply recommend striking up a written correspondence with someone who is willing to be pedantic and point out all the mistakes you make and then offer corrections. This way, you learn how to apply what you learn with each response, as well as making a friend. The problem with English, however, is that there are more exceptions than rules, so it can be very difficult to master any one aspect.
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Re: How to improve your grammar?

Post Number:#5 by TarinaJ
» 10 Sep 2015, 13:42

If you have the opportunity to take a writing or research class in college/university this can also help you improve your grammar and writing style (maybe you can audit one if you don't have to take it for a degree plan). In my experience, most colleges use either the MLA or APA standard, both of which have online resources. A great online resource, which has information for both MLA and APA, is Purdue University's Online Writing Lab found here: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/683/1/.

Hope that helps you get started!
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Re: How to improve your grammar?

Post Number:#6 by stoppoppingtheP
» 21 Oct 2015, 11:19

I recently read a book that was set in India, and the language and grammar of the book is what we would usually term incorrect. However, in India itself everybody talks like that, so they would not find it wrong. What would the rules be there, where English seems to have morphed to suit their people?

I think the best thing to improve your language and grammar is to read a lot of books. This is how your grammar will improve. However, to improve your accent you will need to watch more English programs.
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Re: How to improve your grammar?

Post Number:#7 by Pankaj554
» 02 Nov 2015, 07:36

To improve your our English grammar. You must have basic knowledge about grammar such as Part of Speech,Tense,word power,Narration,Voice and these are most important points to improve your grammar.

Choose the most appropriate words for your purpose and use them correctly.
Write good, clear, and interesting sentences and paragraphs.
Ensure that your writing reads well and 'flows'.
Decipher difficult texts, understand the questions and then reply
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Re: How to improve your grammar?

Post Number:#8 by babika1962
» 03 Nov 2015, 12:34

I believe the best way to improve your grammar is to read books. This was the best advice my cousin, who came to this country as an adult, was given by her ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher. Books teach sentence structure, grammar, punctuation as well as slang words. My cousin began reading books for pre-schoolers before moving on to early reader "chapter books", and so on but after 20 years, her vocabulary and grammar are very good.

For improving diction and enunciation, there are audio books.
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Re: How to improve your grammar?

Post Number:#9 by Pankaj554
» 05 Nov 2015, 05:57

Ya I agree with Mr babika1962, but in the case of writing grammar is most important. So to improve your grammar, People should first go through basic grammar and do these activity which is given below.
Search the Internet for more information and opportunities to practice your skills
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Post Number:#10 by joanofarc2015
» 06 Nov 2015, 17:18

one great way to improve grammar is quizzes and drills. u can find a lot of grammar exercises online and spend ur extra time testing yourself ;) u should also make it a point to clarify grammar facts, my fav grammar go to is celce-murcia, the author has heavy books but 100% credible
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Re: How to improve your grammar?

Post Number:#11 by j p gilbert
» 08 Nov 2015, 11:21

Grammar is a difficult skill to master, but it is a skill. The old adage springs to mind - practice, practice, practice.

I'm lucky. I have a 10 year old who picks up on everything I say. She pulls me up when I say things wrongly. Admittedly, that is a completely different beast altogether. It does, however, help to keep grammar at the forefront of my mind.
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Re: How to improve your grammar?

Post Number:#12 by jamesfcurry
» 26 Nov 2015, 09:13

Just study hard and take more practice
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Re: How to improve your grammar?

Post Number:#13 by mleaasmith
» 15 Jan 2016, 09:51

English is not my 1st language as well and it took me a lot of time to make it better, I mean not perfect but better than before. When I was High School, I would take 1 to 2 hrs a day to read an English book out loud. Reading a lot really helps and watching tv shows that are in English.
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Re: How to improve your grammar?

Post Number:#14 by CzechTigg
» 18 Jan 2016, 19:08

Nur syazwani wrote:Hey alls!

Well, I have been speaking english since I was like 7Years old. I am not an american or and English person. I am asian. I do take English literature during my high school days and surpisingly I got an A for that subject. I can speak english very well and understand every aspect of conversing or reading in english. However, what really bugs me until now is that my grammar is absolutely horrible. Any one kind enough to help me improve on it? Feedbacks are welcomed :)

Yours sincerely,
Nur syazwani :


Hello there. Yes, grammar is pretty important. A lot of one's own proof-reading needs a good grasp of the rules, otherwise the finished product won't be good enough.

I can certainly send you a PM and let you know what to write, when you make an error. Of course, the more mistakes, the more you learn and understand, so enjoy that! :)
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Re: How to improve your grammar?

Post Number:#15 by book_fiend
» 20 Jan 2016, 19:17

Native speakers of English tend to have atrocious grammar because we learned to speak English in primary school without ever learning the grammar rules that accompany the language. It is only those who learned English as a second language that tend to strive to be grammatically accurate. Kind of ironic, isn't it?
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