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Grammar Resources

Online Books and References
Home of a number of classic grammar, writing and style books.

Bartlett's Quotations

Chicago Manual of Style

Elements of Style

The King's English

Grammar Sites
Daily Grammar
Sign up for an e-mailed grammar lesson for five days of the week, with a quiz the sixth.

Edit Central
Discover the "reading ease" level of your prose based on several readability indices on this interesting site.

English Practice
A good selection of short "lessons" on various grammatical topics (e.g., why adjectives are usede in a particular order).

Essay Writing Resources
Though aimed primarily at students, this site has a wealth of information on how to research, organize and write essays and various types of papers.

Common Errors in English Usage
An ongoing list of common errors in word choice, spelling, usage, etc.

Garbl's Writing Center

Grammar and Style Notes
An English professor's "miscellany of grammatical rules and explanations, comments on style, and suggestions on usage."

Grammar and Usage for the Non-Expert

Guide to Grammar and Writing
Basic grammar tips, hotline, interactive quizzes, quotes, links, FAQ, more.

Interesting Things for ESL Students
The grammar and word-games pages may be of interest to any writer.

Linguistic Fun Page
Links to amusing and helpful references on grammatical use and misuse, such as misquoted quotes, funny translation errors, "The Book of Cliches," and more.

MLA Style Guide
This site explains how to format works according to the standard, generally accepted MLA style, including how to cite references both within the text and in one's bibliography. Worth a look as citation rules have changed in the Internet age.

On Line English Grammar
Tips, exercises, a "grammar clinic," and practice pages.

Online Guide to Writing and Research
An online book about how to write effectively; aimed primarily toward academic writing.

Rules for Using a Comma
If you're wondering whether to put that, comma, in or leave it, out, check out this page!

Pain in the English
This is an interesting and entertaining site that offers not only basic grammar advice, but discussions on why certain words and phrases are used, and a host of other topics. It covers word coinage, word history, expressions, grammar, punctuation and mechanics, style, usage, and an intriguing section on "opinions." Information and opinions are contributed by a number of participants, which offers a variety of viewpoints; one can pose questions on these various topics to the "group."

The Self-Editing Blog, by John Marlow
One of the clearest and most readable selections of editing, grammar and usage tips that I've come across in a long time. It has some great articles on "using the wrong word" that I wish some of my favorite authors (or at least their copyeditors) had read.

The Tongue Untied
Grammar and punctuation can be dull subjects -- so I'm always delighted to find a site or blog that makes them fun and interesting. This blog combines serious how-to (or rather, how-to-avoid-mistakes) pieces with entertaining essays, poems and more.

University of Kansas Writing Guide
Links to a variety of writing resources, with an emphasis on scholarly/academic writing.

UVic Writer's Guide
Designed primarily to assist in writing essays and papers, this site contains many useful tips on style, presentation, organization, and similar topics.

Vocabula Review
Online journal about the state of the English language, including grammar tips.
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Recommended Reading

The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: The Ultimate Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

The Elephants of Style: A Trunkload of Tips on the Big Issues and Gray Areas of Contemporary American English

It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences: A Writer's Guide to Crafting Killer Sentences

The New Well-Tempered Sentence: A Punctuation Handbook for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed

On Writing Well

Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose

Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English


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