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The Basic writing guide is for users who do not write correctly, or those who have trouble with the English language. If you are one of these users, please do not take this comment harshly. This guide will attempt to help and teach you to improve your spelling and grammar.

SpellingEdit

Caution: This spelling guide helps you spell English words in the British spelling system. If you wish to write in the American style (we prefer you write using British spelling, though) please refer to the second Spelling section.) To start, get out a piece of paper. Now, study the displayed words carefully:

  • colour
  • porous
  • discolouration

After 10 seconds (please don't cheat) put your computer display to sleep and write down the displayed text before opening up to check. If you get some words wrong, you might need to brush up on your spelling because these are basic words. If this is the case, when you believe you have improved, try again.

Spelling (US)Edit

This part of the guide helps users that write in American English. To start, get out a piece of paper. Now, study the displayed words carefully:

  • carefully
  • choice
  • discoloration

After 10 seconds (please don't cheat) put your computer display to sleep and write down the displayed text before opening up to check. If you get some words wrong, you might need to brush up on your spelling because these are basic words. If this is the case, when you believe you have improved, try again.

GrammarEdit

If you need help in grammar, remember these basic concepts (if you do not know them already):

  • An adjective describes a noun
  • An adverb describes a verb
  • A pronoun is a word that replaces a noun, eg: he, she, it, etc.
  • A preposition is a word that describes an object's position, eg: over, under, behind, etc.

In English grammar, the pronoun, if applicable, usually comes first in the sentence, if there is no connective such as 'After' or 'And then', etc. The noun is preceded by the adjective. The preposition comes after the adverb, if applicable, and the adverb comes after the verb, or the other way:

The brown fox jumped happily over the lazy dog.

OR:

The brown fox happily jumped over the lazy dog.

External links you can refer toEdit

Although this guide is meant to help writers who are weak in their English, it is unlikely that this would be comprehensive enough. For more information on basic writing, please refer to these external pages:

If you want tips to improve your writing:

http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeq4ql8/basicwritingguidelines.html

For grammar help, visit:

http://www.talkenglish.com/Grammar/Grammar.aspx

For some info on the differences between British and American spelling systems, visit:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_and_British_English_spelling_differences

If you need help on your spelling in general, it would be a good idea to refer to your dictionary for words you do not think you can spell very well. If you do not have an English dictionary in handy, search for a dictionary on Google!

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