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Grammar Shorts: Great Books For Improving Your Grammar

I think most people agree there is a component of skill in art making; you have to learn grammar before you learn how to write.<p>Please don’t confuse …

The ultimate English grammar cheat sheet (infographic)

English is the world’s most popular language, and the ability to use it fluently is a must-have skill for anyone who wants to reach an international …

The Beauty of the Syntax: Analyzing a Sentence from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion

The name of J.R.R. Tolkien has become synonymous with epic tales of high adventure and heroism. Scarcely anyone may be found to have not seen the …

Grammar Shorts: You May be a Language Abuser and Not Even Know It

The language of truth is unadorned and always simple.<br>~Marcellinus Ammianus~<p>As a language lover, I cringe when people speak and write with no regard …

Cut With Courage

Between bouts of hating what we write, we may admire or be quite satisfied with our creations. And we’re entitled to. But there’s a difference …

Grammar Shorts: Verbs and their sentence structures

One of the mysteries, at least to me, about the great writers of the past and present, is their innate ability to form strong, vibrant sentences. I`m …

Grammar Shorts: Make Your Writing Better Using These 3 Suggestions

“If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements …

How Derivation is Used in Grammar

In morphology, <i>derivation</i> is the process of creating a new word out of an old word, usually by adding a prefix or a suffix. The word comes from the …

FIGHT OFF LAZY LANGUAGE: WATCH TV

You may be scandalized at the suggestion in this title. But consider this: As writers, we’re sensitive to words and probably almost always think …

Grammar Shorts: Acronyms and Their Proper Usage

Have you ever wondered about acronyms and how they should be used correctly in writing? As a writer who seeks to evolve regularly, I feel no matter …

Grammar Shorts: ‘The Proper Use of Italics and Over-Emphasizing’

“Grammar to a writer is to a mountaineer a good pair of hiking boots or, more precisely, to a deep-sea diver an oxygen tank.” ― <b>A.A. Patawaran</b><p>Have you …

Grammar shorts: If your sentence is a mess check the verb and rebuild

I remember early on in my studies of grammar when I would have complex sentences and compound structures that would freak me out. The truth about …

Understanding the ‘passive voice’ sentence structure

Most of us learned early on in our English classes that passive voice is bad, bad, bad. We learned that it makes for boring reading and separates the …

Grammar Shorts: Comma Conundrums

“Choosing whether or not to insert a comma is the same as choosing whether or not to buy a house.” ― Chloe Thurlow, Katie in Love<p>I was sitting in my …

Sentence structures: Simple, Compound, and Complex

Modern readers seem to hate long sentences. I mean, there is a huge difference between, say, J.R.R. Tolkien and James Paterson. Tolkien’s writing may …

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Grammar's difficult dilemmas — repetition and redundancy | Daily Trojan

It’s a common phrase: difficult dilemma. But it’s also wrong — at least in the grammatical sense since a dilemma is, by definition, difficult. It’s …

Big Brother is watching (your grammar) – Fully (sic)

One of the most onerous tasks confronting language researchers is constructing databanks of language (or ‘corpora’) to analyse. But when I started …

Missing comma gets grammar nerd out of parking ticket

Sometimes calling out bad grammar can actually help you get your way.<p>An appeals court tossed an Ohio woman's parking citation because the grammar in a village law was unclear.<p>The Associated Press reports that Andrea Cammelleri received a parking citation for leaving her pickup truck parked in an …

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Literary discourse: Grammatical gender

GENDER is an important feature of English grammar and usage. Indeed, knowledge of GENDER helps us maintain logic and avoid ambiguity in the …

Does grammar matter anymore? (LOL)

(MoneyWatch) A lot of folks are up in arms over bad grammar invading the workplace. A Wall Street Journal article notes what appears to be a growing …

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Simple Past and Present Perfect

In this week’s episode of Everyday Grammar we’re going to help you understand the difference between the <b>simple past</b> and the <b>present perfect</b>. English …

This Video Debunks 10 Popular Misconceptions About English Grammar

It’s easy to get confused about proper grammar because there’s so many different rules. Some of the rules you’ve probably heard, however, may not …

Grammar matters

Re the May 1 story <i>Tweet by Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz stirs accusations of racism:</i> Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz criticized two lawmakers about their writing …

Grammar Police help readers around the world

I got an email this winter from a former college English professor who said he really likes my columns, except the ones about local politics, …

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Chapter 12: Language & style - grammar

<b>In this, the third chapter on Language & Style, we look at some of the most important grammatical rules for news writing, at some common mistakes and</b> …

Handbook teaches grammar principles with language from a random day

Frank L. Cioffi taught his first college composition course in 1977. Since then, he’s read student writing at elite private colleges and urban public …