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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

Coming January 6, 2022

Grammar 101

Build a solid foundation for your writing in this two-week crash course on English grammar and usage.

Instructor Taylor Houston — Lit Reactor

No matter what you write—novels, emails, tech specs, job aids, chart notes—you need a solid understanding of English grammar, usage, and style to create clear, strong content. This class covers basic concepts such as parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.) as well as common conventions, punctuation, word usage, and style guides. Whether English is your first, second, or eighth language, this class will help you learn (or re-learn) some of the rules that can easily elude even seasoned writers.



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.



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.



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. 




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

By The Editor’s Manual




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. 



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.



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.



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. 



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.



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.



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.



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



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. 



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.



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. 



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.



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. 



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. 



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.



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!



Story or Storey?

By ABC Education

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



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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