Grammar Check

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The reason to stand up for punctuation is that without it there is no reliable way of communicating meaning.
Lynne Truss — Eats, Shoots & Leaves 
“There is no situation where proper punctuation is inappropriate.”
Tod Goldberg

5 Reasons Why Grammar Is Important

in writing

By Millie Dinsdale — ProWritingAid

Ever since your first writing assignment in grade school you have heard how important grammar is, but now you’re asking “why?”

There are countless reasons why grammar is essential for written communication, even in text messages, but to make things more simple we have narrowed it down for you to our top five.

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9 FREE Grammar Resources

By Amanda Patterson — Writers Write

If you’re looking for a selection of grammar websites to use as a reference, we suggest you explore these nine free online grammar resources.

Everybody needs a reliable resource to check their grammar. Writers need to find a site that is user-friendly, and one that suits their writing needs.

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10 Tips to Improve Grammar Skills

By Hannah Yang — ProWritingAid

Grammar is the set of guidelines that a language is built on. Proper grammar helps you communicate your thoughts clearly and effectively.

Grammar skills aren’t always easy to learn, but luckily you can improve your skills with practice.

This article will give you ten tips for how to get better at grammar and improve your writing skills.

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100+ Grammar Rules for Writers

By Robert Lee Brewer — Writer’s Digest

Here are more than 100 grammar rules for writers to assist them with better writing skills. Each rule includes a quick breakdown and links to a post that goes into more detail with examples. This list will be updated with new rules as we add them to the site.

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Rebel With A Cause

Tales and Tips from a Roving Grammarian

By Ellen Jovin

An unconventional guide to the English language drawn from the cross-country adventures of an itinerant grammarian.

When Ellen Jovin first walked outside her Manhattan apartment building and set up a folding table with a GRAMMAR TABLE sign, it took about thirty seconds to get her first visitor. Everyone had a question for her. Grammar Table was such a hit—attracting the attention of the New York Times, NPR, and CBS Evening News—that Jovin soon took it on the road, traveling across the US to answer questions from writers, lawyers, editors, business people, students, bickering couples, and anyone else who uses words in this world.

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Adverbs, Brrrrrr . . .

By Reavis Worthan at the KILLZONE

“I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops.”
— Stephen King.

 I can’t agree more. I fear I’ll step on some toes here, because there are hundreds of authors who love adverbs and will argue ‘til the cows come home that they improve their writing. I can’t go there. Oh, I know they’re in my own novels and columns, they pop up without notice in the first drafts, but I do my best to weed them out and rewrite the sentences to make them better than the original.

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All About Hyphens

By Amanda Patterson — Writers Write

This post is all about hyphens and em dashes. Punctuation is the name for the marks we use in writing. Punctuation marks are tools that have set functions. We use them to give a sentence meaning and rhythm.

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Author Assistant

Providing authors with support and encouragement

By Linda Dunn

My mission is to provide the best possible options for you and your book through streamlining your author platform and strengthening your author brand.

I offer a range of author services. This allows my authors to focus on what they do best – write.

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The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation

The best-selling workbook and grammar guide, revised and updated!  

By Lester Kaufman and Jane Straus

Hailed as one of the best books around for teaching grammar, The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation includes easy-to-understand rules, abundant examples, dozens of reproducible exercises, and pre- and post-tests to help teach grammar to middle and high schoolers, college students, ESL students, homeschoolers, and more. 

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Capitalization

Are Sir, Madam (or Ma’am) and Miss Capitalized?

By The Editor’s Manual

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Capitalization

you’re probably doing it wrong

By Merethewalther

One of the most common misconceptions in writing is when to capitalize things, and when they should stay lowercase. This is honestly a big issue, and can take your manuscript from potentially looking professional to seemingly amateurish in a heartbeat. 

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Capitalization of Military and Other Titles

When are titles (colonel, queen, sir, etc.) capitalized?

By LiveJournal

Capitalization of these kinds of titles depend on how they’re being used.

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Commas: Where Do They Go?

Commas Are Complicated

By Carol Saller — CMOS Shop Talk

Teachers don’t always reveal the whole truth, even to their best students, that punctuation isn’t always a right-or-wrong kind of thing, or that different publishers have different comma rules, or that sometimes it’s only by fudging a rule that creative writing can begin to sing.

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The English Grammar Workbook for Adults

a self-study guide to improve functional writing

By Michael DiGiacomo

Mastering English grammar can be a real challenge. But, with a little practice and patience, you can discover how to communicate better through self-study in your spare time. 

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Grammar for Beginners

All About Verbs

By Amanda Patterson — Writers Write

Language is made up of different words with different functions. These words are are known as parts of speech.

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Grammar Cheat Sheet

By Lisa Lepki — ProWritingAid

This infographic provides a compact visual guide to common mistakes that writers make. The dangling modifier and the comma splice, for example, are frequent visitors in university halls and professional workplaces. Banish these grammar errors for tighter, clearer writing.

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Grammar Rules

Allusion vs. Elusion vs. Illusio

By Robert Lee Brewer — Writer’s Digest

This week’s grammar rules post looks at three words that sound similar but have different meanings: allusion, elusion, and illusion. One word refers to references (especially in literature), while the others are related to avoidance and deception.

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Improve Your English Grammar

By Hayley Milliman — ProWritingAid

No matter how long you’ve been writing, you can always freshen up your grammar skills. Thankfully, there are numerous sites online that exist purely to help you write correctly.

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Punctuation for Beginners

By Amanda Patterson — Writers Write

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Punctuation: Eats, Shoots & Leaves

the zero tolerance approach to punctuation

By Lynne Truss

“Punctuation marks are the traffic signals of language: they tell us to slow down, notice this, take a detour, and stop.”

We all know the basics of punctuation. Or do we? A look at most neighborhood signage tells a different story. Through sloppy usage and low standards on the internet, in email, and now text messages, we have made proper punctuation an endangered species. 

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Punctuation Mistakes to Recognize and Avoid

By K.M. Weiland — Helping Writers to Become Authors

When shaken out with a skillful hand, the very effectiveness of punctuation makes it go unnoticed. On the other hand, when we choose the wrong punctuation in the wrong place, the result is the readerly equivalent of coughing over too much cayenne.

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Punctuating Dialogue in Fiction

By Mike Klaassen

In the world of fiction-writing, “rules” vary somewhat, depending on who is dictating them.  And in some situations there are allowances for variations in objectives and personal style. No fiction-writing mode is so closely associated with specific punctuation as is dialogue. 

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Punctuating and Formatting Dialogue

By Mia Botha — Writers Write

Be careful of getting yourself and your reader confused. The simpler, the better. Remember reading it aloud should be your guide.

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Sentence Diagramming Level 1 and Level 2

breakdown and learn the underlying structure of sentences

By Angela Carter

These two 80-page books teach you how to diagram sentences so you see the underlying structure of English grammar. Diagramming sentences gives many visual and logical learners an alternative way to learn grammar. 

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Split Infinitive

what it is and why you should avoid them

By Pro Writing Aid TV

Infinitives are two-word forms of verbs, such as to run, to research, or to suggest. A split infinitive happens when you insert an adverb in between to and its verb. These can have a negative impact on your writing if you aren’t careful.

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Splitting the Infinitive

By The Comma Queen — The New Yorker

If I had a hammer,
I’d split an infinitive,
I’d split an infinitive
All over this mag!

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Story or Storey?

By ABC Education

Learn the difference between the nouns ‘story’ and ‘storey’ and learn how to use these words correctly.

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Three Fake Grammar Rules

what you think you learned in English class may actually be hurting your writing.

By Ellen Jovin — Writer’sDigest

Faithful adherence to grammar rules that are not actually rules has sucked the life out of many excellent sentences. Adults are often hobbled by outdated or just plain wrong notions of correct grammar they feel they must adhere to—for example, the idea that it is ungrammatical to end with a preposition, as I did right before my em dash in this sentence.

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Verbs

By Amanda Patterson — Writers Write

Language is made up of different words with different functions. These words are are known as parts of speech.

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Whoever vs. Whomever

learn how to use them correctly

By Helly Douglass — ProWritingAid

These are commonly confused words, even by people who speak and write in English as their first language!

This guide will help you understand the difference between the two and make sure you use them correctly every time.

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