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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

 

Coming November 16, 2021

Grammar 102 with Taylor Houston

Lit Reactor

Level up your English grammar with this two-week, deep dive into what makes a sentence in the English language. While it might seem simple enough—SUBJECT+VERB+(OPTIONAL) OBJECT—there is a lot going on under the surface that helps us make these decisions.

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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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The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation

By Lester Kaufman and Jane Straus

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

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?

By Carol Saller — CMOS Shop Talk

Commas Are Complicated

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 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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Punctuation for Beginners

By Amanda Patterson — Writers Write

“Punctuation marks are the traffic signals of language: they tell us to slow down, notice this, take a detour, and stop.” ~Lynne TrussEats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

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Punctuation: Eats, Shoots & Leaves

the zero tolerance approach to punctuation

By Lynne Truss

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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Sentence Diagramming Level 1

breakdown and learn the underlying structure of sentences

By Angela Carter

This 80-page book teaches 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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Sentence Diagramming Level 2

breakdown and learn the underlying structure of sentences

By Angela Carter

This 80-page book teaches 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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Whoever vs. Whomever

learn how to use them correctlhy

 

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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