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Guess it's time to stop lurking and ask my fair share of etiquette questions.

Right now I have a group project to do which requires some material to be presented to a larger group and my group has decided to script what we're saying using Google Docs. I have one group member whose English is not very good and has asked us to please correct grammar or any other parts which seem troubling.

My question is should I just go straight in and start correcting or utilize the Comments feature? I feel like if I go straight in it seems a little too abrupt and a little brash (especially when there are quite a few areas that I think could use some improvement) but if I just make comments I'm merely pointing out her errors and not actually doing anything.


Ask her! Seeing the dialogue has been opened and she has specifically asked for correction, ask her whether she'd prefer you marked them on the document or just brought them to her attention.

I would use track changes. It lets her see the changes and accept or reject them. (I assume google docs has that feature-if not, you can use Word and Dropbox.

Commenting is unwieldy for grammer changes and makes it more work for everyone. I would suggest adding some general comments as well. Doing nothing but track changes would feel a little abrupt.

We get a lot of students who speak English as their second language and I usually just correct it without commentating and use the comments to clarify issues. However if someone hasn't even given it a good attempt and I had to correct most of it, I would be annoyed. I also find if I use track changes it can make the document look confusing if there has been a lot of changes.

Thanks for the responses, guys! I've started making changes after her approval. :)


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