Just come across this sentence

"A good outline will guide you during you writing your novel."

It seems a little bit odd to me. I know you can phrase it like "A good outline will guide you while you're writing your novel." But is this grammatically correct?

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    No, it's not correct. Hopefully it's just a typo, but if not, you might not want to take writing advice from this author. – Juhasz Jan 10 at 22:12
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    During your writing, during your novel writing, or during the writing of your novel would all be fine. – Jason Bassford Jan 10 at 22:14
  • I hope you didn't pay any money for this writing "advice". – Michael Harvey Jan 10 at 22:44
  • Thank you guys, it's just something I pick up on during some online courses, LOL. – gardness Jan 11 at 2:35
  • I'm flagging this as off-topic ("no research / ELL"). Gardness, any competent English speaker would recognise this as poor English. What research did you do before asking here? Can I recommend our sister site English Language Learners as a better place to look for answers on English questions that a fluent speaker would find trivial. If you have a question for ELL, be sure to read their guidance on what you can ask. :-) – Chappo Jan 12 at 11:35

This not correct because "during" is a preposition. There is no prepositional phrase following "during" in this sentence, only an independent clause which requires a conjunction.

So you could say

"A good outline could help you while you are writing your novel."


"A good outline could help during the writing of your novel."

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