How Can I Improve My Grammar: Quora versus ChatGPT

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⁠Quora u⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠sers often ask what they can do to improve their grammar. A recent individual on Quora requested an answer to this question: “How can I improve my English knowing that my problem is grammar and I do not know a lot of vocabulary?”

I replied that limited vocabulary was the key to improvement.

Focus less on the grammar and more on building your vocabulary. There are two parts to grammar. One is how a language works. For example, in most sentences, the subject comes before the verb. The other are rules that guide the written parts of the language. If you understand most of what I am writing, then vocabulary should be your focus. 

I agree with the writer who said to watch movies or YouTube videos with captions. Also, try to talk with English speakers. And do not worry about making mistakes. For vocabulary, set yourself a reasonable goal of how many words you want to learn in a day. Five words are reasonable. Use apps like Anki to increase your vocabulary (which I use for Spanish).

This was part of a ChatAI answer to the same question (feel free to skim):

“A strong vocabulary is the foundation of language proficiency. The more words you know, the better you can express yourself and understand others. Building a robust vocabulary is crucial for effective communication and comprehension. Start by learning common words and phrases that are relevant to your daily life and interests. Focus on words that you are likely to encounter frequently and practice using them in context. Use flashcards, vocabulary apps, or online resources to reinforce your learning and make it more interactive. Additionally, make a habit of reading extensively in English. Reading exposes you to a wide range of vocabulary and sentence structures, helping you expand your linguistic repertoire. Choose materials that interest you, whether it’s (wrong, ChatAI–are agrees with materials) novels, newspapers, or online articles, and try to read regularly. When you come across unfamiliar words, make a note of them and look up their meanings. Consider creating a personal vocabulary journal or using digital tools to organize and review your new words regularly. Moreover, practice using new vocabulary in your writing and speaking. Challenge yourself to incorporate recently learned words into your conversations or written assignments. This will not only help you remember the words but also reinforce their usage in context. Remember, building a strong vocabulary is an ongoing process. Set aside dedicated time for vocabulary study and make it a part of your daily language learning routine. With consistent effort and practice, you will see a significant improvement in your language proficiency.”

No, AI will NOT replace humans.

This is one example that illustrates why sites like Quora, with content written by humans for humans, is essential. Meaningless drivel that is not helpful and says nothing that hasn’t been said hundreds of times is not.

The word count for the entire AI-written article is 2032 words. Doesn’t that sound like a reasonable word count for an English-learner?

Here’s another grammar-related question.

What do you think is more important: English grammar or verbal ability?

That depends. To speak, listen, or read any language, you need to know its structure. But you don’t need to know every grammatical rule to speak with someone. For example, in a conversation no one is going to ask if you put an apostrophe in “He’s going to the store.”. To talk with others, you need lots of practice so that you can shortcut the necessary translation process that needs to happen in real time.

Grammatical rules are more important in reading and writing. For example, speaking is pronounced spēkiNG. If you pronounce it correctly, your listeners won’t be confused. But if you write, “I need more practice speking,” your readers will notice.

It also helps to know what to study. Reflexive verbs in Spanish are killing me. So I need to spend more time on them. 

If I want to say “I take a shower in the morning,” in Spanish I would say,

“Yo me baño en la mañana.”

But in my mind, I think I’m saying, “I me bathe in the morning.” 

Finally, whether grammar or verbal ability is more important depends on your goal. For example, if you want to talk with friends and acquaintances, they will be more forgiving than if you speak in a business setting.

Here is the AI writer’s response to the question:

“In my opinion, both English grammar and verbal ability are equally important in effective communication. English grammar provides the foundational structure and rules that allow us to convey our thoughts and ideas accurately. On the other hand, verbal ability encompasses our skills in articulating and expressing ourselves fluently and confidently. While grammar ensures clarity and precision, verbal ability adds a touch of eloquence, persuasiveness, and engagement to our speech. Therefore, it is essential to develop proficiency in both aspects to communicate effectively and make a lasting impact.” 

There you have it–100+ words. Do they answer the question? I’ll let you decide.

Here’s another question I received:

What’s the fastest way to master English grammar?

My answer was:

This depends on your goal. If you want conversational knowledge, the fastest way is to talk with others. Grammar is both the structure of the language and the rules you must follow. The rules are the visible aspects of the structure. Learn the structure first. 

Finally, identify your weaknesses. For many English learners, spelling and pronunciation are major challenges.  Just today, I was working with my Spanish tutor. She was floored by the pronunciation of laugh (laf). I was once again frustrated by the complicated verb structure of Spanish.

Here’s how an AI writer answered the question:

“What’s the fastest way to master English grammar? The fastest way to master English grammar is by consistently practicing and applying the rules in various contexts. It is crucial to engage in activities such as reading, writing, and conversing in English to reinforce your understanding and usage of grammar. Additionally, seeking guidance from language experts or taking formal language courses can provide valuable insights and personalized instruction to accelerate your learning process. Remember, patience and perseverance are key to mastering any language skill.”

What’s a good synonym for “word salad”? Mumbo jumbo? PowerThesaurus provides the following synonyms: gibberish, meaningless text, twaddle, bafflegab, nonsensical syntax, and baloney. Take your pick.

Can help with grammar and spelling checks?

Why would an individual ask this question? Have they checked out the MyEssayWriter website?

Anyway, I answered like this:

I do not know because I haven’t used that program. Instead, I use Quillbot, which does that and more. As I wrote in a blog post, I cancelled my more expensive Grammarly subscription for QuillBot.

The AI writer answered in this way:

“Yes, can definitely help with grammar and spelling checks. The AI-powered software is designed to analyze your writing and provide suggestions for improvement, including identifying and correcting grammatical errors, punctuation mistakes, and spelling errors. It can help ensure that your writing is clear, concise, and error-free, giving you the confidence to submit your work with accuracy and professionalism. Whether you are a student looking to improve your essays or a professional needing to polish your documents, can be a valuable tool for enhancing the quality of your writing.”

Perhaps the person asked the question because they encountered this kind of writing when they went to the website. Did they scroll to the bottom and find this disclaimer?

“The essays and papers we provide are intended for learning purposes only and should not be submitted as original work. Furthermore, some of the content on this website is generated using AI, and it is thoroughly reviewed and verified by our team of experienced editors.”

A product that should be used for learning purposes needs to be verified. Why not skip this step and do the verification instead?


Can you use answers on Quora to help you improve your grammar? At minimum, I hope that my answers, as well as those of other writers and editors wiser than me, are helpful. If these examples are any indication, they are more helpful than asking ChatGPT or one of its competitors.

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