Help with gram­mar

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WHEN we speak, we often use short­cuts and poor gram­mar but it’s not so no­tice­able as long as you’re com­mu­ni­cat­ing well. Un­for­tu­nately, the same isn’t true when you’re writ­ing.

When you’re writ­ing, ev­ery tiny er­ror stands out like a sore thumb.

It’s not a prob­lem on Face­book or Twit­ter (un­less your friends are gram­mar po­lice) but for re­ports and es­says, good gram­mar is es­sen­tial. Luck­ily there are some ex­cel­lent sites on­line where you can pick up good lan­guage tips.

Here are some web­sites to check out:

English Gram­mar Ref­er­ences and Ex­er­cises cram-up/gram­mar

This is an on­line book that of­fers an over­view on all the tenses (with ex­am­ples) as well as chap­ters on prepo­si­tions, re­ported speech, gerunds and other gram­mar top­ics.

Guide to Gram­mar and Writ­ing

http://gram­mar.ccc.comm­net. edu/gram­mar

This is another huge re­source that’s di­vided into six ma­jor ar­eas.

Twoplaces­tocheck­outare– the sen­tence level where there is ex­cel­lent ad­vice on us­ing colons, semi-colons and other thorny is­sues and the re­search pa­per level where there are some good tips on be­ing log­i­cal, the five para­graph es­say and other use­ful aca­demic writ­ing is­sues.

There are in­ter­ac­tive quizzes where you can test your knowl­edge.

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