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Grammar, punctuation and style links


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Grammar links

Grammar Bytes!: Grammar terms are listed and each is linked to its own page of explanation and examples of correct and incorrect usage. There are also online exercises and printable handouts. By one Robin L. Simmons.

GVB's Concise Guide to Grammar: An overview of misused words, punctuation and common mistakes.

Words About Words: Glossary of grammar terms and their meanings. From magazine-editing guru Mindy McAdams.

NCSU Online Writing Lab: Home of the Grammar Hotline. Has tips and links. From North Carolina State University.

Parallelism: How to avoid mistakes in parallelism. From the Writers' Workshop at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Misplaced modifiers: How to avoid mistakes with misplaced modifiers. From the Writers' Workshop at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dangling modifiers: How to avoid dangling modifiers. From the Writers' Workshop at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Sentence fragments: How to avoid mistakes with sentence fragments. From the Writers' Workshop at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Fused sentences, run-ons and comma splices: How to avoid mistakes in sentence structure. From the Writers' Workshop at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Editing help

Criscadian's Active Voice: Get a tuneup on your writing and editing skills. Informative and fun.

Common Errors in English: Paul Brians of the Department of English at Washington State University talks about common mistakes and about perfect English that is often changed in error by well-meaning editors. Plus links to resources. Great site.

Nonsexist language - OWL: Easy to read on deadline, these guidelines offer alternatives to those awkward "he or she" phrasings. A lot of good ideas here. From the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University. Guidelines suggested by the National Council of Teachers of English.

Words

Easily Confused Words: This brief list of words includes the ever-popular alternately-alternatively and hanged-hung. From Information Please.

Commonly confused words: Good source of common mistakes. By the Technical and Electronic Communication Department at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Battelle Memorial Institute in Washington state.

Greek and Latin plurals: How to make plurals of some of the old words, according to this site by Russel Hirst, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Go here for some funny Latin phrases.

Punctuation

PMS - Punctuation Made Simple: Well-organized site covering colon, semicolon, comma, dash and apostrophe. From JAC Online: Journal for Composition Theory.

Punctuation - OWL: This handout page covers semicolons, colons, parentheses, dashes, quotation marks and more. With links to more punctuation handouts. From the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University.

Style

The Curmudgeon's Stylebook: Offered as a supplement to The AP Stylebook and Libel Manual. By Washington Post copy editor Bill Walsh on his site The Slot. Excellent.

The Elements of Style: Full text of William Strunk, Jr.'s 1918 classic style guide.

Guide to Grammar and Style: This site looks intimidating but it's easy to find information via the hyperlink navigation. Excellent resource by Jack Lynch.

Critique of style guides: A Handful of New Style and Usage Guides, by editor and author Priscilla S. Taylor, is an interesting read. Among the selections is AP's 1994 stylebook. From The Editorial Eye, an excellent print-only newsletter. (Selected items online). Slow loading.

Fun links

William Safire's grammar rules: Mapping the World By Heart: Never-Say-Neverisms, by The New York Times' word chief.

Collective terms - animals: Ever heard of a hurtle of sheep? An ostentation of peacocks? A murder of crows? A tidings of magpie? A sloth of bear? ...

Garbl's Word Play Online: Links page to word games using antagonyms, heteronyms, palindromes, ambigrams and more. Also: Steven Wright jokes and a poetry generator.

Cryptographs: These are described as cryptograms with portraits, which are clues.

Winks and Giggles at the State Department: State Department spokesman James Rubin has a tough time at a news briefing. From Mother Jones magazine.

Links pages

Garbl's Writing Resources Online: Links page to sites about grammar, style, punctuation and more. There are some fun links here, too.


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