While my grammar has greatly improved since I started my writing journey, I still have questions and often struggle with understanding proper English grammar usage. A few months ago, someone told me about a great grammar resource that has made learning, for me, fun and easy. I thought I’d share this nugget with you guys in case you haven’t heard of Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing by Mignon Fogarty.
As many of you know, I’m a huge iTunes fan. When I discovered Grammar Girl does a weekly podcast with various writing and grammar tips that you can download for free on iTunes, I was seriously hooked. If you don’t have access to iTunes, you can always read Mignon’s tips online at: http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/. Here is Mignon talking about how Grammar Girl came to be.
Another helpful grammar site is Dr. Grammar’s Frequently Asked Questions at http://www.drgrammar.org/faqs/.
If you’re someone, like me, who needs to read and reread grammar rules until they become more familiar, I highly recommend the book Woe Is I by Patricia O’Conner. Woe Is I and my Roget’s 21st Century Thesaurus are permanent fixtures on my desk.
Last on my list of helpful resources is an internet site with rules for writing numbers. If you haven’t checked out http://www.grammarbook.com/numbers/numbers.asp you might want to take a peek at the 16 rules for writing numbers, and examples with correct and incorrect usage.
I hope this information is useful. Since it never hurts to brush up on grammar, I thought I’d pass these gems on to all of you.