Why should you learn to use proper grammar? People judge you based on how you write and speak. Taking the time to follow the rules of Standard English in your formal writing and speech allows you to present yourself in the best possible light.
Grammar Girl says, "The quality of your writing often has a huge influence on the first impression you make on people." On this page, you'll find lessons and tips that will help you use proper grammar. It's kind of a grab bag of topics, but I think they'll help you.
Topics On This Page
Learn some of the nitty-gritty about capitalization.
I've shortened this list to six main rules and a few sub-rules.
Where does the apostrophe go when you are forming compound possessives?
Which are correct?
People often mistake the word everyday for the phrase every day.
Have you ever made this grammar mistake? The rule is fairly easy to grasp. Read the lesson and take the quiz!
English punctuation baffles many of us. When do we use a semi-colon? How about that always mystifying apostrophe? What is a comma splice?
See the punctuation rules page for a guide to help you punctuate better!
Or, check out the page on the lovely exclamation mark, the party animal of punctuation.
These things drive me up the wall. I'm just kidding. Actually, I really enjoy learning about idioms. Idioms are groups of words which have meanings that are not literal.
Drives me up the wall = Makes me crazy
A dime a dozen = Common
While they are fun to learn about, they can be difficult to grasp, particularly for people learning English as a second language.
Proverbs are similar to idioms. Learn about English proverbs here.
Here are seven of the most common grammar pet peeves. Are any of these on your list?
Do you know what a misplaced modifier is?
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Are you an ESL learner? Diana from Helping You Learn English has lots of great information to help you including an ESL Cafe where you can meet people, share stories, and learn English.
Proper grammar rocks!