Rajiv 55 / 400 Mar 25, 2015 #1While the onus is entirely on the author of the piece to get his/ her ideas across; I have to wonder if that means that those commenting on it have little to contribute in that process.Most people submitting essays here are likely to be non-native speakers of English.I am also thinking that for them the process goes something like this --We have a prompt for which we write our response.Here's the part I want to emphasize for the EF_contributors. We the writers have the idea in our heads which we develop for a period.Then comes the difficult, or interesting part depending on how one feels towards it, where we attempt to express it in a manner which is best understood -- by native english speakers.That's it. That's really all there is to it.Consider this. An author of a piece spends 4-6 or more hours, and I think mostly in that part where he/ she looks and searches for just the right expression.English is very different from other languages, one of which could be the one the author is native to.To think it is simply about finding the equivalent expression is too much of an over simplification.Much else that is different goes into creating the nuances which add or remove emphasis, and thereby convey the intended sense.What you really see here is a piece, clothed in English but its undergarments are of an altogether different kind. And to carry that analogy further, the person himself is a non-caucasion, yet he wants to be accepted as what is acceptable in your country.How would you make such a person comfortable, were you to meet him? And that is your responsibility.You have not only to make him comfortable enough to speak what is on his mind, he has already shown his willingness to learn your language and even your other ways. You, gracious that you have been in accepting to help him -- cannot just be curt, or perfunctory. Not if you mean to be sincere with the task you have chosen, and are not putting on a show perhaps, of only doing so.Thank you.