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Can I ask the community to help me find errors in a text/sentence?

Would English SE be a good place to post a paragraph or two paragraphs of my writing for review?

  • Please don't close as a duplicate. I believe it's worth keeping as it contains an explicit answer to a common question.
    – F'x
    Commented May 5, 2011 at 10:17
  • @F'x The given answer has a link to the other question; I don't see what the answer adds to what already said in the answers to the other question. Closed questions are then not automatically closed; closing a question can be the first step to delete it, but as far as I remember, none of the closed questions have been deleted, here.
    – avpaderno
    Commented May 6, 2011 at 15:52

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You can ask explicit questions about a short sentence of yours, if you highlight the parts of it that you want input on. For example, the following is on-topic:

I wrote to a coworker: “if I was in your place, I would refrain from talking to him until he apologizes”. I wonder if was is the correct verb to put here, and if there is a more concise way of saying “refrain from talking to him”. Can you help me?

Asking for help without saying what you need help with is off-topic. General proofreading is off-topic, and advice regarding style, long descriptions, and such should go to Writers.

  • Thank you F'x for clearing this up. By any chance would you know of a social website like that, that may help me? Commented May 5, 2011 at 9:28
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    @KerxPhilo: you did notice that link to our sister site Writers, didn't you? Check it out. They have a dedicated tag for critique questions.
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented May 5, 2011 at 10:09
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    Ah, I see you have posted on their meta now. Excellent. (^_^)
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented May 5, 2011 at 10:42
  • @RegDwight, yep, after I just learned about Writers SE, I put up a post on their meta. It looks like I have the go ahead to do that. Awesome news, I'm excited :) Commented May 5, 2011 at 11:43

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