My first language wasn’t English, but I learned it very early on and most people can’t tell that it wasn’t my first language since I have a flawless and wonderful American accent. But writing on the other hand…it’s a bitch. I am great at getting my thoughts to paper/NAND, but not so great at missing typos and grammatical issues. It take many many reads for me to find nearly everything. And by nearly, I mean nearly. I still miss a bunch. For instance, I’ll post something here thinking I did a good job editing then I’ll notice a typo in the very first sentence of the published post. This happens all the time: emails, grants, reports, publications, text messages, etc. and I don’t know how to get better. Practicing helps, but not as much as I thought it would.
This is where editors come in. I have a few trusted people that I have read important things so they pick up typos really easily, but I wish there was a way for me to get better at this stuff. I aced college English classes, but honestly they were so easy they were jokes, so clearly that wasn’t the way to learn. I am getting better at grant apps and manuscripts because I have lots of editors, but for this blog and my emails there’s no white light. Just lost of topys.
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try Grammarly or some other online tool, it catches a lot of typos and simple grammatical errors. Being Indian, I mostly miss articles and it takes me many reading before I fix all missing “a” and “the” in my writing.