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Writing, Illustrating & Publishing => The Craft of Writing => The Art of Grammar => Topic started by: HDWestlund on February 11, 2015, 07:59 PM

Title: Grammar Resources
Post by: HDWestlund on February 11, 2015, 07:59 PM
This thread is for posting the places you like to use to check grammar, word usage, and punctuation. Remember that some things, like the use or non-use of the serial comma, depend on the style your publisher adheres to. (i.e., Chicago Manual of Style currently prefers the serial comma, but it was out of favor twenty or so years ago.)

Here are a few to start you off (I'll add the links you give below to this list so that you don't have to scroll as far):

Grammar Girl: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl

Perdue's OWL (Online Writing Lab): https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/5/

Chicago Manual of Style (free trial, then subscription): http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html

Chicago Manual of Style (basic, open questions):  http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/topicList.html




Please add some more!  :goldstar

Title: Re: Grammar Resources
Post by: Verla Kay on February 11, 2015, 09:08 PM
While each publisher will decide just how punctuation is handled in your stories, it's still important to punctuate them to the best of your ability. I'm so pleased to see this thread on the board and hope many of you that are "grammar gurus" will add your favorite resource links to this thread.
Title: Re: Grammar Resources
Post by: mrh on February 12, 2015, 07:00 AM
My favorite grammar guide is GRAMMATICALLY CORRECT by Anne Stilman. Thorough and readable!

Fowler's MODERN ENGLISH USAGE is also excellent. More scholarly, but a fun, highbrow-snarky tone at times, if you enjoy that sort of thing.
Title: Re: Grammar Resources
Post by: Mercedes Ortiz on August 05, 2015, 01:04 PM
Thank you all for the excellent resources!

Hugs!
Title: Re: Grammar Resources
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on July 18, 2017, 12:26 PM
Other resources mentioned in threads:

One is Painless Grammar by Rebecca Elliott
The Grammar Bible by Michael Strumpf.
 http://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/dashes.asp
Strunk and White's Guide to Style
EATS, SHOOTS AND LEAVES
Woe Is I by Patricia O'Connor
Grammar Smart Junior by Liz Buffa, and Punctuation Power by Marvin Terban.
http://www.amazon.com/Scholastics-A-Guide-to-Grammar/dp/0590321870/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1406295101&sr=8-2&keywords=The+A%2B+Guide+to+Grammar
 Economist Style Guide

Also, there's nothing like a good dictionary for answering your usage questions.