Get On Target!

Whether it’s the English language or target practice, perfection takes practice. No one likes being a bad shot. There’s something unmanly about using guns with any kind of regularity but not having adequate skill in shooting them – marksmen are universally praised, so inversely, poor shots should be criticized, right? Well, that’s usually the way it goes, particularly in military circles. As someone who served in the military, I can safely say that there is a correlation between the respect and reverence a soldier receives and their abilities with a gun – chances are, a lousy shot won’t advance far enough in the military to find himself in an admirable position anyway. The point is, I’m here to tell you that you can in fact change your fortunes if you’re a struggling would-be marksmen, and it’s a relatively simple process to accomplish

The bottom line is and always will be this: practice makes perfect. There’s no substitution for good old fashioned practice. I don’t necessarily subscribe to the 10,000 hours of practice theory, but that doesn’t mean I don’t believe that the logic embedded in the theory holds true – the more you work at something, the better you will get at it. It’s that simple. However, with that being said, there are still some measure you can take to ensure that your shooting improves, and ensure that your practice time is being utilized in the most efficient, best way.

Firstly, try out different drills with different guns. You’re not going to become a better shot with a shotgun or an assault rifle if the only guns you practice with are handguns, and you’re not going to become better from 30 yards if you’re only practicing your shooting from 10 yards. Make sure your practices are geared to suit your needs and wants – if you want to become better with a certain gun, or from a certain distance, don’t neglect to practice with that gun or from that distance.range

Secondly, you’re going to want to make sure that your gun is optimized for shooting. For example, I was recently using a Glock 18 with damaged sights for an extended period of time – the adjustment that I made to compensate for the damaged sights legitimately influenced my shooting in a negative way. If you’re going to be using guns for extended periods of time, you need to make sure those guns are in tip-top shape so as to ensure that you are reinforcing the right kinds of habits and not the bad kinds.

Lastly, it is absolutely imperative that for the sake of improving your shooting, you absolutely must work on and perfect your form. Holding a gun sideways while shooting, or dual-wielding hand guns is a recipe for disaster. Make sure that from the start your form when shooting is on-point, as once again, reinforcing bad habits is going to hurt you in the long term as well as the short term. Taking lessons with an instructor or an experienced friend is always a good idea for beginner shooters or anyone who is using a new, unfamiliar firearm.

Grammar Checkers For Everyone!

There are many word processing programs out there. Some are better than others, but they do have certain things in common. For instance, many of them focus only on spellchecking (and maybe a bit on grammar).Grammar checkers help

There is another kind of software, which takes the whole thing a step or two further, and provides the writer with a much more comprehensive and educational English writing experience. This is a short grammar checker software review, or rather overview.

If you want to write English which is clear and easy to read, you may need a hand. Generally speaking, these more advanced pieces of software – such as Grammarly, WhiteSmoke, Ginger, and others – don’t just fix your spelling, but also work hard to ensure that your skills develop as a writer. The more you write with them, the more you learn. I found great reviews of all these programs on They go into more detail into the pro’s and con’s of all of them.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a student or an educator, an employee or a manager – strong English skills can catapult you onward. They can make you a more valuable asset to any workplace, and provide a basis for many advancements. There is no debating that being able to express yourself in this international language is a great advantage. Plus, let’s not forget that sometimes, one spelling mistake or grammatical error can cause you a whole lot of grief.

Grammar checkers may be integrated into your local word processor, or be web-based applications. Others are installed on your computer, and work with any textbox. There are many different kinds of programs, and they all claim to be just about perfect. This is an issue I have a problem with.

There is no perfect grammar checker. I don’t care how advanced your algorithms are. No such thing. I believe that no computer software can replace a living, breathing, human editor. What these programs can do, however, is be a great way to double check your work and develop your writing skills.Do your research

You shouldn’t believe everything you read online. My suggestion to you is that if you feel these programs might benefit you, you should visit their respective websites, sign up, download any free trial they may offer, and just start writing with them. There is no doubt you will find one – or more – which is comfortable for you. You will be able to see which ones are the easiest to work with, and which can provide you with the best writing experience.

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The Future of Grammar

Hey everybody, I’m Darla and grammar is important to me. Smile Poowas created as a place where other grammar geeks like me could go and feel at home. Grammar matters. I know I may be way off, but it’s how I feel. In this day and age, with autocorrects, templates, and emojis, grammar seems superfluous. I mean, who needs grammar when you have an animated icon of a smiling turd?

But, nevertheless, the written word is one which endures all. Language is like a mutation. A never-ending experiment. It morphs, it changes, and it gives us revelations and different results at every turn.

Education in grammar is not something that should be left to a machine. As much as I love grammar checking software – and I do – I feel that no software will ever be able to replace humans. When it comes to language – we really do know best. It isn’t arrogance. It is fact.

Learning how to communicate is how humans have always moved forward. We learned to talk, we learned to express ourselves, and we learned how to use the world around us to better ourselves. Some things cannot be taught, and some things can. Grammar matters. Punctuation matters. I really believe that.

I believe that language is the reason for our amazing advancements, and I strive to give it the respect it deserves. I have always loved English class. I loved it even more when we got to high school, and began getting more into poetry and classic literature. It is a shame to think that so many people will never get to read Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, for instance. I know, it makes me sound like an incredible douche. Well then, I am douchey – hear me roar.Slang

Education… We need it, we don’t need it, it’s overrated, it’s underrated, blah blah blah. The question is, what will be? Are we just going to let everything go digital? Are we going to let things get so distorted, that people will eventually say the word “LOL”, instead of literally laughing out loud? Only time will tell. And I am waiting.

I believe in language, and in the English grammar. I am not against progress, but it is sometimes frustrating to see what the internet has done to the spoken and written word. On the one hand, it is so innovative and unique. Seeing the way slang evolves, for instance, is a really cool thing to observe. On the other hand, I feel the internet and that whole world is kind of killing the English that I have known and loved for so long.

Time will tell.