Fastest fingers first not always a good thing - this is ISC, not KBC!Friends,
Please take time to read this lengthy suggestion -
We understand your enthusiasm to participate in forum discussions, answer Ask Expert queries and respond to articles with your comments. However, keep in mind that the ISC platform is not the KBC reality show!! You may be eager to be the first off the mark and respond, but at least ensure that what you are submitting is correct. Surely, as quickly as you respond, so also as quickly you could check back what you submitted. Time and again we have been making this request to check back your posts. When I make a round of the forum, for example, I find plenty of errors. A couple of them may be funny to read, but mostly not. You see, a letter wrongly typed in, here and there, makes the meaning of the word entirely different, perhaps even making the response totally unrelated to what is really meant. Writing is an art, no matter that it may not be for writing full-fledged articles, so care must be taken to ensure the art is presented well, to make for a pleasant experience to enjoy.
Trail instead of trial.
Boasting instead of boosting.
Ate instead of are.
Rear instead of read.
Work instead of word.
See, these are not akin to often confused similar words (such as writing loose instead of lose), but mistakes that creep in when you type. I think the percentage of errors is much higher when you are accessing ISC through your smartphone. When you type a word on the screen's keyboard, some fixed prediction words will pop up. These may get selected inadvertently, thereby resulting in the wrong word being selected. When doing fast, hasty typing, too, you may select a key next to the one you wanted - you type, for example, jig instead of jug (the 'i' being next to 'u'.)
Also, just because you are typing from your phone, please do not overlook the necessity to start every sentence with a capital letter. I have found, literally, tons of this erroneous English in both, the forum thread's text and in that of responses.
So let's make a teeny effort, shall we, to not get over-excited to be the first everywhere and make it a point, instead, to take care to focus on what is being typed. Please check spacing issues as well.
By the way, I make such errors, too, (the word-work error being most common), so I do make conscious efforts to try and remember to check back what I have typed.
A final note: many of you will benefit by spending time at our Learn English section. Check out the posts, specially, which bring out differences between similar sounding words. Please try to improve on punctuation too. A comma (not coma, mind you!) may make a world of difference!