My article was rejected for too many gramatical errors ?

India
December 11, 2010 2:27am CST
Hi Lotters ,Here in mylot task I wrote an article an article for .20 cents ,but my article was rejected by the task creator.I wrote an article about my mobile I used .But it was rejected for the "too many grammatical errors". But he didn't mentioned that error .I was really frustrated this is my first article and it was rejected .Is any one got paid for this task .I think my article was good. Please help me to write an article .
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13 responses
@owlwings (39748)
• Cambridge, England
11 Dec 10
I cannot comment on the article itself, of course, because I haven't seen it, however I notice that you are consistently putting a space before punctuation marks rather than after them. This alone would be enough for me to reject an article for 'grammatical errors' (actually punctuation errors). Generally, all punctuation should have no space before and a space after EXCEPT: 1) Opening quote marks and brackets: ", ', (, [, {, &c which take a space BEFORE and none after. 2) Hyphens and dashes: When used as a hyphen, '-' has NO spaces; when used as a dash, '-' has a space either side. 3) The full stop/full point when used as a decimal point takes no spaces except when used without a leading zero (used correctly in your first sentence). There are one or two other exceptions, such as the forward slash (/) when used to indicate an alternative, as above. Some other grammatical errors in what you have written above are: A conjuction ('and', 'but', &c) should not be used to start a sentence; 'he didn't mentioned' (should be 'he didn't mention'); 'Is anyone got paid' (should be 'Did anyone get paid' or 'Was anyone paid').
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@jshekhar (1563)
• India
11 Dec 10
That's really a lot of help, friend. You have covered virtually everything and I'm sure it will help our friend Ajith. [em]thumbup[\em]
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• India
11 Dec 10
Yes, It was really helpful.
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• India
11 Dec 10
Hey Owl just wondering, If I can say "has anyone been paid?" could that be considered grammatically correct?
@jshekhar (1563)
• India
11 Dec 10
Hello Ajith, I have undertaken a few writing tasks here in mylot and all of them have paid me the full amount without any fuss. However, I was on a year long break and have come back only recently so I am not sure about the current task creators. Still, I do feel that if they get a decent enough article, they will pay the money. For you, I would suggest you read more and more. The more you read, the better you get at writing.
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@jalucia (1435)
• United States
11 Dec 10
Well, I'm not sure which task you are talking about. But, some constructive criticism: I noticed some grammatical errors here in your post. I feel your pain, though. I don't like when people reject my work and don't tell me specifically why they did.
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• India
11 Dec 10
Hi, Can you point out my mistakes .I am really like to learn from my mistakes .Please help me to do so. thank you.
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• United States
11 Dec 10
Starting a sentence with a conjunction is one grammatical error. Conjunctions are simple words that allow you to connect two sentences without having to change any of the words in the original sentences: and, but, nor, or, so, yet, for If you would like some help with your grammar check out Purdue OWL online. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/ Namaste-Anora
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@maezee (33288)
• United States
11 Dec 10
Try having someone who is fluent or speaks the language natively proof-read your writing, if possible. If not, you could at least try using Spell Check on Microsoft Word or in your Firefox browser..That will at least fix the spelling mistakes. Otherwise, all I can say is - practice makes perfect!
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• Philippines
12 Dec 10
I agree!
@johnpillai (2083)
• Germany
11 Dec 10
Hi, ajith, Once I was also faced this problem but, not in mylot task. I wrote articles to triond. after accepting 40 articles my articles have been rejected. Triond told that my articles have grammatical errors and spelling mistakes. I was so worried and started a discussion in mylot. Most of the people have started to teach me English. They have started to discourage me. http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2416122.aspx People showed much interest in determining that my article has so many spelling mistakes. I was very much hurt by starting the discussion. But the secret is: Now i cut and paste the articles, which Triond reject, at Bukisa. Bukisa accept the same articles. So don't loose confidence that your English is not enough or your article is not good. Just leave it and go to another. have a nice day.
• India
11 Dec 10
All your responses are really helpful .I thank everyone for your advise.I will keep it in mind in my future discussion. Once again thanks for everyone. I love mylot.I cannot mark best response for everyone .So, I just mark as positive rating for you guys.
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@visavis (5945)
• Philippines
11 Dec 10
Yes little frustation in your side, but make it a lesson that next time you know what adjustment you can do.. Better try again next time don't stop there. Is there any option to fix and re-submit again such article... see you around
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• India
11 Dec 10
I don't have any other option to resubmit the task only the task creator should do something .I felt happy if he/she point out my mistake.
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@jennbart (1332)
• Philippines
11 Dec 10
Maybe having someone proof read your article work. It would always be good to have someone to proofread your article just to make sure everything is right.Sometimes, we do not notice some sentences that we write. Have your words spell checked always for you not to get rejected. :)
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@nicregi (1936)
• Malaysia
11 Dec 10
First of all sorry to hear that. However since some of us are from different country, the language could be a little different. O it could be either the article has problem (sorry I just saying) or it could not be good enough for the requestor. Either way don't give up and don't giv up trying!
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• Philippines
11 Dec 10
I really find your subject humorous. Well, I understand that you were using your mobile to type in here while making an article and please do not try it again, you might have another article rejected again. I am sorry for your loss about that .20 if it was not anymore credited to you. Maybe few grammatical errors will do just fine, but a lot is simply misunderstand-able. I hope you'll be calm, I'd have the same anger as you do if I'd have a discussion rejected too.
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• India
11 Dec 10
Ajit, I have also completed that topic describing my mobile. But it was also rejected due to grammatical errors. I checked my topic and also shared that with two of my friends. I did not find any error. Anyway we should not be depress. Its their work and they have to check if it is reaching their expectation or not,
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@scheng1 (24742)
• Singapore
11 Dec 10
Hi Ajith, try posting the article to Triond. I think joining Triond can help build your confidence. Many writers with worse English than yours are making good money. Triond is about sharing information. They believe that everyone has something to share. The fact that a person has bad English does not mean the article is not valuable. As long as you do not use punctuation, such as " " in the articles, you should see the website accepting your content. Another rule is not to copy a single sentence from elsewhere. Triond is rather strict about plagiarism.
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• United States
11 Dec 10
Ajith- I’m an English teacher and my own articles that I’ve submitted for tasks have also been rejected for “grammar errors”. I write all of my articles out in a word document first and if it is something I am doing for a great deal of monies I will have my editor (my husband) read through it. He does the same for my articles published in local magazines that I write for from time to time. Do not take it to heart that someone who created a task on Mylot for a mere twenty cents did not approve it. It is possible they only were going to pay for one submission. It is also possible that they simply did not know quality work. I often wonder if it is the latter because I have read many tasks that have horrible grammar! Namaste-Anora
• United States
11 Dec 10
Original: Hi Lotters ,Here in mylot task I wrote an article an article for .20 cents ,but my article was rejected by the task creator.I wrote an article about my mobile I used .But it was rejected for the "too many grammatical errors". But he didn't mentioned that error .I was really frustrated this is my first article and it was rejected .Is any one got paid for this task .I think my article was good. Please help me to write an article . Revised: (MLA Format) Hi Lotters. I wrote an article for a Mylot task for .20 cents, but my article was rejected by the task creator. I wrote an article about the mobile phone I use and it was rejected for “too many grammatical errors”, but he didn’t mention (or specify) the errors. I was really frustrated as this was my first article and it was rejected. Has anyone been paid for this task (or, for these tasks)? I think my article was good. Please help me to write an article. Note: Keep in mind that there are many writing styles such in terms of grammar, ie. MLA, Chicago, and APA. It depends upon what discipline you are writing as to what style you would use. Most places outside of scholarly journals are usually going to be looking for MLA or Chicago style formatting. Also bear in mind that even the best professionally written works sometimes have occasional grammar or even spelling errors that slip past the editing and revision process.
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@silentwill (1686)
• Philippines
12 Dec 10
I don't trust spell checkers, they're only useful when correcting typos, but sometimes their suggestions are so absurd I'd just as well turn em off. I trust my own eyes and judgment better than those programs. What I would suggest you do is, if you're not confident in proofreading your own work and being able to spot grammatical errors and misses, find one who you can trust. Believe me it's much better than spell checkers a those can sometimes ruin what you're trying to say.