Grammar blogs you should be following

If you write anything (even if you think you don’t write, you do) or say anything, no matter the medium or situation, expressing your point and clearly communicating with your audience is important. Good grammar is an essential tool in doing so; grammar provides the rules that make what we say and write make sense. If you want to be a better reader, writer, speaker, listener, and communicator, here are the grammar blogs you should be following:

Grammar Girlhttp://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl

Grammar Girl is famous for her Quick and Dirty Tips ™ that define exactly what you need to know about a given grammatical situation. Not sure whether to say “bad” or “badly”? Need to know how to use a semicolon? Grammar Girl can tell you. In addition to the tips, Grammar Girl also has a fun and informative podcast.

Grammarist: http://grammarist.com/

Quick, easily consumable articles on grammar, usage, words and phrases, spelling, and style. It also has English and ESL resources and games. The games may be for kids; however, the games may also be kind of fun. We cannot confirm this (wink, wink).

Grammarly: https://www.grammarly.com/blog/category/writing/grammar/

In addition to their writing products, which include the free Grammarly spellcheck browser extension we’ve mentioned in a previous post, Grammarly has an informative blog on grammar and writing situations (because they’re super good at content marketing). Past topics include how to tell the difference between adjectives and adverbs, how to use good grammar in online dating, and fun quizzes like “Are You a Grammar Troll?” (Turns out, I’m a pedantic grammar troll…)

Merriam-Webster’s Twitterhttps://twitter.com/MerriamWebster?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

This isn’t actually a blog, but Merriam-Webster shares a lot of great and timely articles on grammar and word use on their Twitter account. Also, m-w hilariously trolls the frequent misuse and abuse of words by our country’s most visible politicians.

The WKU Writing Center blog: wkuwritingcenter.wordpress.com

We post things about grammar, and we’re big proponents of self-promotion.

If you have questions about grammar and would like to learn how to identify the patterns of grammatical error in your writing, the Writing Center can help! Visit the Writing Center today or set up an appointment online. We’re open from 9 AM to 4 PM in 123 Cherry Hall and 4 PM to 9 PM in the Academic Commons in Cravens, Monday through Thursday (9 AM to 3 PM in 123 Cherry Hall on Fridays).

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Punctuation: Remember your marks!

There are days when I thank all that’s good that we don’t have to use punctuation when we speak out loud.  However, these little annoying marks seem to be the only thing that keeps order in our written language.  They’re our bread and butter.  I’ve come to embrace them.  But there are so many, and their rules can get complicated.  So … what’s the best way to approach the stuff?
Use humor to remember them.  There’s funny stuff all over the internet that can help you remember the basics.  Thanks to “The Oatmeal” (a beautiful website that’s already been referenced once in this article) and other funny internet sources, I’ve put a few pics up here for everyone to see.  There are three punctuation marks discussed below: the apostrophe, the comma (in its Oxford comma use), and the semicolon.
Of course, these examples aren’t all that the apostrophe, comma, and semicolon can do, but they’re excellent examples of fun ways to jog the memory concerning punctuation.  Good punctuation is crucial to making good papers.  If you’re ever in doubt about a mark, don’t be afraid to look up what it does.  Learning punctuation is always a continual process; even professionals screw it up sometimes.  And, if you have to, find funny ways like these to remember how they work.
– Amanda

This post was originally published on April 27, 2013.