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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:

Perdue's OWL (Online Writing Lab):

Chicago Manual of Style (free trial, then subscription):

Chicago Manual of Style (basic, open questions):

Please add some more!  :goldstar

#1 - February 11, 2015, 07:59 PM
« Last Edit: July 18, 2017, 12:30 PM by Debbie Vilardi »

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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.
#2 - February 11, 2015, 09:08 PM
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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.
#3 - February 12, 2015, 07:00 AM
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Caroline Grade Mysteries
The Journey of Emilie
Anne Bradstreet: America's Puritan Poet

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Thank you all for the excellent resources!

#4 - August 05, 2015, 01:04 PM

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Other resources mentioned in threads:

One is Painless Grammar by Rebecca Elliott
The Grammar Bible by Michael Strumpf.
Strunk and White's Guide to Style
Woe Is I by Patricia O'Connor
Grammar Smart Junior by Liz Buffa, and Punctuation Power by Marvin Terban.
 Economist Style Guide

Also, there's nothing like a good dictionary for answering your usage questions.
#5 - July 18, 2017, 12:26 PM
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