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Help me tell me friend she's a terrible writer

I am currently a student in a graduate program. A very close friend, who is in the same program, has begun sending me essays for school and correspondence related to her job search to proofread. In doing so, I have noticed a pattern: her writing is full of truly awful, egregious run-on sentences. Nearly every sentence is a run-on. My friend is very smart and accomplished, and I'm not quite sure how she's come this far without this issue being brought to her attention. She has been experiencing disappointment in her grades and career search, and I suspect that this problem may be contributing to the situation. (We are in a highly competitive and nitpicky field.) I think that as a friend, I have a responsibility to bring this to her attention, but I have no idea how in the world to do so in a way that's sensitive and doesn't make her feel bad or damage the friendship. Do I need to tell my friend? If yes, how do I bring it up?
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2011 - 28 answers

 

Not the typical mutually beneficial relationship

A gentleman I've been seeing has proposed an unusual, temporary "mutually beneficial arrangement." I'd like some help figuring out whether or not I should go for it and whether he has a hidden agenda. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2011 - 50 answers

Office Politics...

What would you do if your landlord was also your friend and client, and had violated all three relationships, all at one time? [more inside]
posted by She Talks To Angels on Mar 13, 2011 - 31 answers

How do I stop being so jealous/protective/possessive of my female friend?

How do I stop being so jealous/protective/possessive of my female friend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 11, 2011 - 11 answers

my so-called friends

How do I deal with a squad of unsympathetic friends? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 9, 2011 - 24 answers

Is it ever too late to reconnect with an old best friend?

Is it ever too late to reconnect with an old best friend? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 3, 2011 - 13 answers

This is NOT a romantic getaway for two

Single girl traveling with a single guy who I am not interested in. How do I prevent potential misinterpretation and a ruined friendship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2011 - 58 answers

From the heart...to the head. How?

How do you INTs (Introverted Intuitive Thinkers on the Myers-Briggs) like to be shown appreciation, affection, acceptance, and attention and allowed to be yourselves? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2011 - 59 answers

Building Communities As Alternative Lifestyles

For a long time now I've been aching to feel part of a larger community. Have you ever felt this way? How did you handle it? Have you ever built or been a part of a tight-knit social circle or community that lasted? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 10, 2011 - 29 answers

One of those, "but you don't look sick" situations.

How do I explain to people the aftermath of what is probably due to mono? People (family, cute girls) keep brushing off my physical symptoms when I try to concisely explain that, even though I'm infinitely better than I was a couple months ago, my energy fuel tank still empties suddenly and unpredictably, and then I feel awful, freezing, aching, dizzy, and extremely sick until I sleep it off? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Feb 1, 2011 - 15 answers

I think I saw this exact scenario on As the World Turns once...

How do I deal with a treacherous friend in a way that is ultimately kind? [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on Jan 31, 2011 - 48 answers

I feel so uuuussseeedddd!

I feel like a lot of my friendships are a one way street. I'd like to add another lane. [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Jan 25, 2011 - 21 answers

I just want some friends.

Fellow socially awkward Mefites: How do I chill out and not screw up this new long-distance friendship? Or did I already screw it up? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl on Jan 24, 2011 - 15 answers

'Cause that's what friends do

How do you deal with not being taken seriously at work? Why don't my teaching colleagues take me seriously? [more inside]
posted by Es ist Zeit, dass es Zeit wird! on Jan 21, 2011 - 45 answers

Friend is a four-letter word

{Relationship Filter} So my husband of less than a year looked up an old friend last month. Said friend happens to be married, female and goregous. They hadn't spoken in more than 10 years. They've been e-mailing, and my husband says he has no ulterior motives. I'm not so sure. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2011 - 41 answers

Late Twenties Failure To Launch

I have a friend who needs to get out there and do something with herself, but seems to stall just before taking the plunge. How do I get her over her failure to launch? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 11, 2011 - 14 answers

Finding friends as a nonspiritual person

How do I find friends and relationships as a formerly-religious-now-agnostic person? [more inside]
posted by sherlockt on Jan 9, 2011 - 13 answers

What's the epilogue to my non-Hollywood ending?

I recently confessed my romantic feelings to a very close friend and, alas, he doesn't return them. I want to get things back to "normal" between us as quickly is possible. How do I go about doing this, and am I fooling myself into thinking that it is possible to return to "normal" right away? [more inside]
posted by HonoriaGlossop on Jan 3, 2011 - 25 answers

Would it be lame or wrong to copy my friend's business idea?

I want to start a copycat business based on an old friend's new startup. Would this be totally lame? [more inside]
posted by fairlysober on Dec 28, 2010 - 8 answers

The Case of the Ex

How do I separate my ex's rejection/betrayal from my post-coming out anxieties? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 18, 2010 - 18 answers

Always crashing in the same car

How can I forget an old friend of mine? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2010 - 21 answers

How to deal with flakey friends?

How do you deal with flakey friends who do not commit to their own plans? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2010 - 58 answers

spare the pal, spoil the trip

What should my friend do about an unwanted third wheel threatening the BFF dynamic of her first-ever backpacking trip abroad? [more inside]
posted by changeling on Dec 13, 2010 - 51 answers

Why do people I thought were friends suddenly drop me?

Was it something I said? Why do my friends keep dropping me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2010 - 57 answers

Post Quarter Life Crisis....now what?

Is it normal to WANT to be single for a long time or am I [subconsciously] still hurt over a breakup? [more inside]
posted by penguingrl on Dec 6, 2010 - 30 answers

15 short days...

Falling for someone that is leaving... in 15 days... should I tell them? I am not even sure if the feelings are reciprocal. If you have advice for the foolish and insecure, please see the ridiculous bean-plating that follows... [more inside]
posted by glip on Dec 5, 2010 - 23 answers

Unfriending...

How to unfriend someone without bad blood? [more inside]
posted by cgs on Dec 3, 2010 - 16 answers

I don't hate you, I just miss the old friend I knew!

I feel like I've lost a dear friend to her defense mechanisms. Can our friendship be saved? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2010 - 18 answers

When you're dreaming with a broken heart, giving up is the hardest part

Need specific strategies to use to move on after losing best friend in a fight. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 22, 2010 - 15 answers

21-year friendship on the rocks

A friend of 20+ years and I are having relationships issues and I'm unsure of how to proceed. I need advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 15, 2010 - 13 answers

When even "let's just be friends" is too much?

My one-time crush is looking most definitely unrequited but now I'm worried that my feelings of friendship are. This deeply saddens me. How to proceed after being rejected on what is looking like two fronts? [more inside]
posted by houndsoflove on Nov 14, 2010 - 30 answers

Help me write a birthday message!

"You hate your life; happy birthday!" Help me compose a message for a friend in need. [more inside]
posted by OLechat on Nov 13, 2010 - 14 answers

I think my liver hurts.

I crave human warmth, but have a hard time forming relationships with people. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 13, 2010 - 26 answers

Tips on how to go out on a date with one of my best friends

Any tips for a first date with a friend I've known for a few years? [more inside]
posted by fantodstic on Nov 10, 2010 - 7 answers

melodrama, fade-out, third option?

How do I dial back a friendship before my heart gets trampled any more? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2010 - 32 answers

NosyFriendFilter

Is it even possible to be helpful in this situation? As expected, special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Leta on Nov 1, 2010 - 17 answers

From One Many

How to I do effectively go from being a few friends person to being a many friends person? For most of my life I was the kind of person who had a small, intense circle of friendship and now I have a much larger and less focused social sphere - and I'm having trouble managing it and making sure I spending enough time with people - not feeling guilty about not seeing people for weeks - having people who are friendly but not your super duper friends - and just dealing with suddenly having a much, much larger social world when you're used to a private, focused one.
posted by The Whelk on Oct 30, 2010 - 11 answers

I'm not sure if I'm invited to a private birthday party. How do I tell?

A friend invited me to a private birthday hangout about a month and a half ago, but hasn't brought it up since. I think she may have forgotten, and I'm fine either way - how do I check and see if I'm still invited without making her feel like she has to have me over? [more inside]
posted by agentmunroe on Oct 29, 2010 - 17 answers

Don't want to lose the friendship, but can't stand the guy she's going to spend her life with! Help?

No one can stand my friend's fiancé. He's not a bad person and he seems to mean well, but he is obnoxious, rude and really, really, REALLY annoying. He's lonely and wants to hang out. We are running out of excuses to avoid him and my friend and her fiancé are starting to notice something's up. I hate drama. How do I deal with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 25, 2010 - 42 answers

Rock and a hard place, and the hard place cries ALL THE TIME.

I don't know if I can manage this relationship anymore, but the problem is, I've got to. I will attempt to describe this adequately inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 20, 2010 - 13 answers

I wanna be a social animal

I'm leaving college, and I want to know where I can find a sense of community in the 'real world.' [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Oct 20, 2010 - 28 answers

Can people really be friends at work - disillusioned here.

Should I talk to my new superior “B” (also my friend who this question is about) about what I’ve found out about her clandestine strategic maneuvering? I’ve done nothing so far, but I’d love to query the hive mind for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by lonemantis on Oct 12, 2010 - 35 answers

mutual friends and friendhip breakup

How do I deal with friendship-breakup awkwardness involving mutual friends? [more inside]
posted by SymphonyNumberNine on Oct 9, 2010 - 7 answers

Unsolicited Advice

A friend of mine kind of acts like an ass when eating out. Should I say something? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 7, 2010 - 38 answers

What's the best way to genuinely end a pseudo relationship?

So, it turns out for me that Harry was right—men and women can’t be friends, or at least this woman can’t just be friends with this man. I need to get myself out of a great friendship that is turning into a terrible pseudo-relationship. What’s the best way to handle this? Snowflake details to follow, of course. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 6, 2010 - 44 answers

When to be gracious, when to react?

I thought we were friends, apparently I don't fit into his list of priorities though. How should I have responded? [more inside]
posted by ergo on Oct 1, 2010 - 30 answers

Matchmaker, matchmaker, find me a business partner.

An already-existing "okcupid.com" for finding a business partner? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Sep 23, 2010 - 10 answers

How to stay friends with both people in a break-up

How do I avoid alienating either of two friends who just broke up? I have to pull out of attending an event with one of them, so do I mention that it's because I'll be attending with the other, or say nothing about why, and risk running into them there? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Sep 22, 2010 - 13 answers

Flake, unserious, or maybe...shy?

Why might my co-worker talk about the two of us hanging out after work and then never follow through? Details of our situation inside, of course. [more inside]
posted by houndsoflove on Sep 20, 2010 - 34 answers

How to friendzone gracefully

I want to make friends, I keep getting dates. I'm not interested in an exclusive relationship with anyone at the moment. How do I turn a first date into a friendship without bruising egos? [more inside]
posted by ista on Sep 20, 2010 - 35 answers

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