Grammar and Writing

Elizabeth O'Brien

Hello! I'm Elizabeth O'Brien, and my goal is to get you jazzed about grammar. 

Grammar and Writing

It's extremely difficult to give (or understand) advice about writing if you don't have an understanding of grammar.

Before I learned grammar, I was a writing tutor, and my tutoring sessions were painful because I didn't know what I was doing. I wasn't able to give my students clear advice about how to make their sentences better.

Learning grammar gave me a way to analyze writing, and it also gave me the vocabulary to teach other people how to make their writing better.

Let's Look At An Example

Imagine receiving this work from a student. (If you're not a teacher, imagine that you yourself have written the following sentences and you're trying to make them better.)

The cat was surprised. It jumped back and stared at the crab. The crab had just pinched the dog's nose.

There's nothing wrong with those sentences. They're just fine, and they're perfectly appropriate for students at certain skill levels. But, if you wanted to help this student become a better writer, you would want to give him advice on what he could do differently. If you didn't know grammar, your advice might look something like this.

These sentences are a bit monotonous. Can you combine some of these ideas to make a more interesting sentence? 

The problem is that this student would have no idea how to make his sentence more interesting. 

If, on the other hand, you and your student both knew grammar, your advice might look something like this.

These sentences all have similar structure. What if you combined them into one sentence by making "surprised" an introductory participle and turning one of the other sentences into a dependent adjective clause?

Now there are clear ideas for exactly how to make the sentence more interesting. If the student put that advice into practice, his rewrite might look something like this.

Surprised, the cat jumped back and stared at the crab, which had just pinched the dog's nose. 

That's better! 

Add Tools To Your Toolbox  (30-Day Challenge)

For the month of November, I'm hosting a Writing & Grammar Challenge. Join me, and I'll send you one lesson a day for a total of 30 lessons. Each lesson will contain tips and tools for writing better sentences, and you'll apply what you learn by writing your own sentences.

You don't need to know grammar in order to join us. I'll include short grammar lessons about the concepts that we cover, and I'll also link to extra lessons if you want to learn more about any of them. Here are some examples of concepts that you'll use in crafting your own sentences. 

  • Introductory Adverb
  • Introductory Prepositional Phrase
  • Dependent Adjective Clause
Writing & Grammar Course

Thank you for your interest. Registration for the November Challenge is closed now.

We'll start the lessons on November 1, so be sure to sign up before October 31 if you'd like to join us.

  • You'll have access to one new lesson each day of November.
  • Each of the 30 written lessons will be available to you online as well as in a printable PDF file format.
  • You'll have lifetime access to these lessons. 
  • Use one each day, or use them at your own pace. You might wish to use one a week instead of one a day. 

Thank you for your interest. Registration for the November Challenge is closed now.

I hope that you'll join us!

:) Elizabeth

Elizabeth O'Brien, Grammar Revolution
Elizabeth O'Brien from Grammar Revolution

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