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    [–] What commercial did you dislike so much that you now avoid the product? Azmoten 2 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago) in AskReddit

    This wasn’t for a Lit class. It was actually a 50 page paper written for a grad-level business administration class. I’m an English major, but most of my appointments aren’t. Needless to say, with arguing for 15 minutes of his one hour appointment about one single citation, I didn’t get to help him with many of his 50 pages.

    [–] What commercial did you dislike so much that you now avoid the product? Azmoten 18 points ago in AskReddit

    It’s meant to be for both spelling and grammar, and it’s meant to be more comprehensive than the spelling and grammar checks in Microsoft Word. But it’s deeply flawed.

    [–] What commercial did you dislike so much that you now avoid the product? Azmoten 40 points ago in AskReddit

    It does, but students treat it as gospel and take its suggestions more often than not. In my experience, at least.

    [–] What commercial did you dislike so much that you now avoid the product? Azmoten 405 points ago in AskReddit

    Well I’ll begin with the disclaimer that I’ve never actually used it. I’ve only seen papers that have been run through it and “corrected” accordingly, but here’s a few of my impressions. It corrects things that didn’t need correcting while missing obvious errors like the difference between “their,” “they’re,” and “there” for one example. My impression is that it knows those words are different and tries to correct it, but it’s more or less a toss-up as to whether it chooses the right one. It’s also sketchy on comma usage and when to use a semi-colon versus a comma. The difference between dependent and independent clauses are often lost on it.

    It also flags any quotation, even properly cited, as “plagiarism.” To try to fool grammarly, one student had changed words within the quote to make it less similar to the source...while still presenting it as a quote. This made grammarly see it as less similar, so it didn’t flag it as plagiarism. So, in this instance, grammarly’s advice inadvertently led him to misquote a source. I had to spend over 15 minutes of his appointment trying to explain that misquoting is bad, and that if they’ve cited their quotes properly then they won’t get in trouble for plagiarism, regardless of what grammarly says. I have to be gentle when I argue with appointments, and this particular person was a grad student while I am undergrad. He was skeptical of my advice, since it was contrary to grammarly’s. Never mind the fact that I’m an English major on the dean’s list that the university pays to do this; grammarly said it so I must be wrong. I eventually compromised and just convinced him to paraphrase the whole segment in his own words instead and remove the quote marks, but still cite the source since it wasn’t his own information.

    And that’s probably my biggest issue. Grammarly makes mistakes, but since it’s becoming well known some students seem to perceive it as infallible. So any time I get a paper that’s been run through it I end up having to argue with the student that I know what I’m talking about and can make corrections on a case-by-case basis better than a mass marketed software.

    As a final remark, I also feel that grammarly is a crutch that hampers rather than assists the learning of grammar, and that using it is therefore a disservice to themselves. If you’re a student at a university you should be open to learning things, especially something as critical as good communication skills, an imperative part of which is grammar. Grammarly doesn’t help you learn. It just does it for you. That’s a bad habit to get into, especially since software like grammarly is far from perfect, and if you never learn it yourself you can’t catch its mistakes.

    [–] What commercial did you dislike so much that you now avoid the product? Azmoten 809 points ago in AskReddit

    I work as a writing coach (basically a tutor who examines students’ papers and gives advice) for my university. I can assure you, grammarly is terrible. I dread seeing papers that have been “corrected” by grammarly.

    [–] Americans, what are your thoughts on the Government shutdown? Azmoten 1 points ago in AskReddit

    Oldest elected for his first term, but I believe it was Reagan who was older when he was elected to his second term. However, if Trump is re-elected, then he will be the oldest elected period.

    Disclaimer: I am not in favor of that happening

    [–] Am I the only one Azmoten 4 points ago in reddeadredemption

    If you think about it though, aren’t all rocks from space?

    [–] What has been the best corporate Darwin Award? A decision made by a company that basically killed the business? Azmoten 59 points ago in AskReddit

    I read this one last year around Christmas-time, too. It's becoming a tradition. I absolutely love how Mike Krahulik handles this jerk-off. The smiling emoticon really sells it.

    I am mike krahulik, Pax is my show. Feel free to google me =) I can promise you that you will never have space at any future Pax event.

    [–] Allies of US 'wondering' if Trump was blackmailed to pull troops out of Syria -- former NATO supreme commander Azmoten 2 points ago in worldnews

    Just memorize this phrase: donde esta la biblioteca.

    Then, having found the library, use the books there to learn Spanish. And just like that, you’re halfway home!

    [–] What's your favorite "Christmas Episode"? Azmoten 92 points ago in AskReddit

    Looks like I just picked a whole bouquet of whoopsie daisies

    [–] What fictional creature do you wish you had as a pet? Azmoten 1 points ago in AskReddit

    A goose that lays golden eggs. Or maybe a dragon, that'd be pretty bitchin' too

    [–] What's a joke that's so stupid it's funny? Azmoten 86 points ago in AskReddit

    My friend asked me if I wanted a frozen banana. I told him, no, but I do want a regular banana later, so...yes

    [–] What are you most looking forward to in 2019? Azmoten 1 points ago in AskReddit

    If all goes to plan, I will finally be graduating from University. My last semester ends about 2-3 days before I turn thirty. It's been a long and difficult journey, but I'm finally doing it.

    [–] What's your comfort TV show/film? Azmoten 1 points ago in AskReddit

    So are Charlie and the waitress

    [–] What's the worst movie you love? Azmoten 1 points ago in AskReddit

    Assuming we’re talking about It’s Always Sunny, Dee, Dennis, and Frank are the Reynolds. Mac’s full name is (no joke) Ronald MacDonald, as revealed in the high school reunion episode when he has to wear a name tag.

    [–] What is the music video with the best storyline you've ever seen? Azmoten 28 points ago in AskReddit

    Link for the uninitiated

    This is one of my favorites, too. It's oddly hypnotic and captivating. Something about the art style, I think.