NJH on Quora

On Quora.com — where I’ve been awarded the title of “A Quora Top Writer 2018”–I answer questions on a variety of topics, including writing and editing. It has been suggested by some of my readers that I should provide links to them from this site, so here is a selection of some of my posts, which I’ve divided into convenient categories. And you can find many more answers on my Quora page!  (I started using Quora to experiment with humour in writing so some of these posts might be a tad different than you’d expected :-)). I also answer questions related to tutoring, home learning, and other educational issues. You can find links to those answers on my PenAndPaperMama site.

Grammar topics:

How can I improve my English grammar?
What is the difference between had become, become, and became?
What are some tips for reducing excessive use of the verb “to be”?
When do I use has passed or passed?
Which is correct: is done or was done?
Which is correct: shame on me or shame on myself?
Is this sentence correct: When you don’t know how to dance but still you love to dance
What should I do to improve my grammar?
Which sentence is correct: “congratulations to you” or “congratulation to you”?
How can I change this into an exclamatory sentence: Asif is a very intelligent student
Do you ever get confused with “i.e.” and “e.g.”?
How can I change this sentence into exclamatory: He was moved to hear the story of the boy.

Vocabulary and Word Usage:

What is the difference between folk and people?
When do you use may and might in sentences?
How do I use has and have correctly in a sentence?
Do you know a synonym for see you?
How do I describe rain in English … in daily English conversation?
Use of licence or license
What are examples of collective nouns for kids?
What are some examples of bossy verbs?
When should you use speak, spoke, spoken?
Is it grammatically incorrect to use the word throwed?
What is the difference between the word to be and the word to have?
Is it time to stop using the ambiguous word liberal?
What are the uncountable nouns?
What is the plural of leaf: leafs or leaves?
What are some words that begin with y?
How should I use the terms having been and have been?
Is “I’m getting engaged” grammatically correct?
When do you use the word hurrah?
What is the plural of status?
What is the difference between could and can?
In the sentence, “Trees grow tall in my backyard,” is the word “tall” an adjective or an adverb?
What are some other phrases that are similar to “as a result” and can be used in concluding sentences?
Can proper nouns function like common nouns?
What is the past tense of ‘agree’? (and more info on adding -ed to make verbs past tense)
What is a vivid verb for travel? (and tips on using a thesaurus)
Why can’t people spell words anymore without auto correction?
Why is the word ‘cake’ spelled with the letters c, a, k, and e?
What are some examples of adverbs derived by suffixation? (and other adverb tips)
What are some things that go together in pairs (pen and page, rubber and road)?
What are the most misspelled words in the English language?

Writing and Editing Tools:

How do  I Create a Program That Checks My Spelling Using Word and Grammarly?
Are there any good grammar checking programs besides Grammarly?
Are there any free courses that prepare you for jobs as a professional proofreader?
Why can’t people spell words anymore without auto correction?
Do you hate it when you have to proofread, after using the spellcheck program?
Do you find spell-checkers prevent learners from learning the correct spelling thus resulting infinite spelling mistakes in the paper?
Do you hate it when you have to proofread, after using the spellcheck program?
What are some words that look weird when spelled?

Editing Topics:

I love writing but hate editing; how can I improve the editing bit?
If someone asks you to edit their book, should you charge for it?
How can I start freelance editing (text) without any experience?
Should you credit an editor in a book?
What’s the difference between an Editor, Copywriter and Proofreader?
What is a good and worthy course to get certified in editing and proofreading?
Should you credit an editor in a book?
How can I start freelance editing (text) without any experience?
If someone asks you to edit their book, should you charge for it?
I love writing but hate editing; how can I improve the editing bit?
How much should a writer learn about editing? Can a writer be their own editor or should a writer always have someone else do the final edit?
How much can a magazine editor actually edit?
How do I find great book editing services?
Do writers painstakingly edit their whole book or do they have professional editors to do that for them?

Writing Topics:

What are some good groups or competitions to keep being motivated to writing?
What are the things to be kept in mind while writing and publishing a novel?
My teacher says I have advanced writing for my age, what exactly does that mean?
How do you know when you’re a bad writer?
What are some good groups or competitions to keep being motivated to write?
How do I get “discovered” as an author? Should I self-publish or traditional publish?

Publishing Topics:

How do I get “discovered” as an author? Should I self-publish or traditional-publish?
What are the key steps in writing and publishing a novel?

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