Why should you learn to use proper grammar? Whether you like it or not, people judge you based on how you write and speak. It's true, folks. 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.
As 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.
Do you know what a misplaced modifier is? Today's your day to learn about these guys!
Learn how to find the subject in sentences that begin with There is and There are.
Many people have a hard time knowing when to use which word. I'll teach you how you can figure it out, and I'll also teach you a little trick that will make it easy.
What does it mean for a subject and a verb to agree?
It refers to the number of the subject and the verb.
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!
What the heck does this mean? How can sentences have voices?
Voice refers to whether the subject is performing the action or receiving the action of a verb.
How do you write these and which should you use? I'll teach you!
Here are seven of the most common grammar pet peeves. Are any of these on your list?
Learn some of the nitty-gritty about capitalization.
I've shortened this list to six main rules (and a few sub-rules).
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.
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.
We use phrasal verbs all of the time, but many people don't know what they are. Do you?
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!