Grammar vs Content

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.
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Re: Grammar vs Content

Post by Dolor » 29 Nov 2017, 19:36

It's best to have both. Else, I'll go with that vs in the middle. 😄

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Post by ReyvrexQuestor Reyes » 30 Nov 2017, 06:19

kandscreeley wrote:
12 Jul 2017, 07:27
In my opinion? Then get a proofreader.
:text-goodpost: My words exactly.
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Post by Rosemary Wright » 03 Dec 2017, 07:38

Content is the most important thing in writing but with grammatical errors and wrong spellings, the beauty of your content is gone. How do you expect your audience to value your work, when it's poorly written? I suggest one should employ the services of an editor or a proofreader if he/she is not good in the grammer aspect.

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Post by ReyvrexQuestor Reyes » 30 Dec 2017, 07:09

There are reasons for bad grammar. If say, the speaker is using Pidgin English, the grammar should really follow suit. I used to read this comic strip "Joe Palooka" and just have to delight at the queer way of speaking English.
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Post by Jomarpacaldo » 09 Feb 2018, 10:17

It should be grammar first because a writer can create a very good writing according to how it compose in Grammarly correct so that the reader could easily understand!

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Post by Arrigo_Lupori » 18 Feb 2018, 18:21

Both are important to me. A good story told in a way that does not satisfy one's crave for proper vocabulary and punctuation is a half baked story.
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Post by katiesquilts » 18 Feb 2018, 20:26

There's definitely a difference between an author's "characteristics" that shine through in their writing and just poor grammar. I think that all authors should find editors/proofreaders who can work with them to truly polish their works grammatically, visually, and conceptually, before showing it to the world. For example, even Olympic ice skaters need coaches to help them make decisions and fine-tine things before getting on the ice! :mrgreen:

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Post by Helen_Combe » 22 Feb 2018, 16:27

I would have said that bad grammar in speech is fine because people don’t use correct grammar when they talk. However, I found ‘A Clockwork Orange’ incredibly difficult to read because of the extremes of the language. Grammar errors do spoil a story for me and there’s no need. As said earlier, get a proof reader.

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Post by TashaCrispin » 01 Apr 2018, 18:59

DavidOchieng wrote:
12 Jul 2017, 04:10
I diss significantly over grammar, but recently a friend lobbed a spanner into my thinking process by asking, "What if you have a great story but poor Grammar?"
Great content is really cool but grammar is what makes it interesting. No matter how good a story is, poor grammar makes it boring.
I'll say get a proofreader and learn more grammar too.

Unless you ask me to choose between great content vs perfect grammar. Then I'll diss perfect grammar.

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Post by KRay93 » 02 Apr 2018, 10:31

The content will always be the most important thing when it comes to a story, but an excess of problems in terms of grammar may end up weighing more than you think. There are books that have been successful without very prominent linguistic constructions. Still, there is a reason why proofreaders exist...

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Post by lbhatters » 02 Apr 2018, 20:17

If you are talking about pubication, both are equally important.
Getting a professional to edit (someone who analyzes your work for content) and proofread your book will increase your chances of getting a book published and depending on the skill of both the author and the editor/ proofread, your chances of getting a book published by a great publisher improves.

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Post by 4cynthia72 » 10 Apr 2018, 12:49

To me content is the most important.With grammar one can cope with it so long as you understand what the writer is trying to put across.

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Post by lbhatters » 11 Apr 2018, 20:45

KRay93 wrote:
02 Apr 2018, 10:31
The content will always be the most important thing when it comes to a story, but an excess of problems in terms of grammar may end up weighing more than you think. There are books that have been successful without very prominent linguistic constructions. Still, there is a reason why proofreaders exist...
Some people's grammar is so bad that the content is blurred. They are interconnected in a lot of ways. Yes, it seems content might be slightly more important since the goal of writing is about explessing ideas first and foremost.
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Post by teacherjh » 23 Apr 2018, 10:19

Content is certainly more important than grammar. However, if the grammar, punctuation, and spelling are so poor that they are distracting, then they take away from your content and keep the reader from understanding your message.

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Post by love_b00ks » 27 May 2018, 21:04

You can pay an editor/proofreader. Contents are more difficult to come up with, so I'd rather have it than a good grammar, but having both would be great too. ;)

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