Grammar Rules

The Best Places to Find Free Grammar Help Online

by ProWritingAid Oct 20, 2018

The Best Places to Find Free Grammar Help Online

There are dozens of places to find free grammar help online. In this article, we take a look at ten of the best.

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Abbreviations: How & When to Use Them

by Kathy Edens Oct 08, 2018

Abbreviations: How & When to Use Them

Confused by abbreviations? This is your essential guide to getting them right.

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3 Surprising Grammatical Contradictions

by Kyle A. Massa Sep 24, 2018

3 Surprising Grammatical Contradictions

In the English language, rules are made to be broken. Here's a post for all the grammatical lawbreakers out there.

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Is This the Right Way to Use a Semicolon? And Other Punctuational Concerns

by Kyle A. Massa Sep 11, 2018

Is This the Right Way to Use a Semicolon? And Other Punctuational Concerns

You can't use a screwdriver to hammer a nail. Likewise, you can't use a semicolon to introduce a list. Here's how to use your grammatical tools the right way.

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Is it “Mambo No. 5” or “Mambo No. Five”?

by Justin Cox Sep 05, 2018

Is it “Mambo No. 5” or “Mambo No. Five”?

On the surface, writing with numbers is a simple rule: write out numbers between zero and nine. However — as it is with all grammar — as you dig, the layers get complicated.

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Apostrophes: Everything You Need to Know

by Kathy Edens Sep 05, 2018

Apostrophes: Everything You Need to Know

Apostrophes are like weeds. Sometimes they crop up in the most unexpected places. How do you know when and where to use an apostrophe? In this article, we set the record straight.

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Why be Perpendicular When You Can be Parallel?

by Justin Cox Aug 28, 2018

Why be Perpendicular When You Can be Parallel?

Parallel structure is a vital tool for all writers. When structure is parallel, the reader’s flow is uninterrupted. When structure is perpendicular, the reader is thrown off and the content weakened. Learn how to keep your structure straight.

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Exclamation Point: Use It or Not?

by Kathy Edens Aug 28, 2018

Exclamation Point: Use It or Not?

Exclamation points punctuate the end of a sentence meant to display admiration or express excitement, astonishment, or some other strong emotion. Some people go mad with their exclamation marks!!! (See what we did there?)

In this article, we discuss when, and when not, to use this pesky punctuation.

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Does It Sound Right?

by Justin Cox Aug 20, 2018

Does It Sound Right?

We could spend every waking moment learning grammar rules and still not have them all mastered. And that would leave zero time to actually write anything. Luckily for each of us, there’s a surefire way to avoid learning the majority of grammar rules while still adhering to them.

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In Defense of Passive Voice

by Kyle A. Massa Aug 20, 2018

In Defense of Passive Voice

Is passive voice always bad? Maybe not. Here are a few instances where you might want to use it.

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3 Commonly Misused Words (And How to Use Them Correctly)

by Kyle A. Massa Aug 09, 2018

3 Commonly Misused Words (And How to Use Them Correctly)

Hey, we all make mistakes. Here's how to correctly use some of the most commonly misused words.

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Prepositions. What’s the Deal?

by Kathy Edens Jul 05, 2018

Prepositions. What’s the Deal?

Stuck wondering what a prepositional phrase is? In this article, we teach you everything you need to know about prepositions.

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Changing Passive Voice to Active Voice

by Hayley Milliman Jul 05, 2018

Changing Passive Voice to Active Voice

What is the passive voice, anyways? As writers, we know that the passive voice is bad. But why? And if it is so bad, how do we fix it?

We take a look at what the passive voice is and a new feature to fix it in ProWritingAid.

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Know The Difference Between That and Which

by Zara Altair Jun 28, 2018

Know The Difference Between That and Which

Have you been getting tripped up on how to use that and which? We'll clear it up for you.

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Amazing Alliteration in Tongue Twisters

by ProWritingAid Jun 18, 2018

Amazing Alliteration in Tongue Twisters

Tongue twisters are a great way to illustrate the idea of alliteration. In fact, the term "tongue twister" is a great example of alliteration in itself!

We've created a practice sheet of some of our favorite alliterative tongue twisters.

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7 Grammar Rules the Best Writers Break

by ProWritingAid Jun 18, 2018

7 Grammar Rules the Best Writers Break

In life, writers must obey a single rule: write for your audience. If you’re writing fiction, your dialogue must be natural. So you write in conversational English, which is less than grammatical at times. And if you’re writing for academia or other stuffy audiences, your prose must be formal.

If you’ve learned the many rules of English usage and are adept at wielding them properly, feel free to break these seven rules now and then.

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Sentence Length

by Liz McMahon Jun 18, 2018

Sentence Length

The writer’s job is to cater to the reader. A plethora of long sentences will have the reader nodding off. In similar fashion a stream of short sentences will increase the pace of a passage rushing the reader through the action.

The secret? Use varied sentence length. Read on to find out what your sentences can do.

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10 Websites to Help Improve Your Grammar

by Hayley Milliman Jun 06, 2018

10 Websites to Help Improve Your Grammar

Learning grammar doesn't have to be difficult! With these free tools, you'll be mastering your comma usage in no time.

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Me or I: Setting the Record Straight

by Justin Cox Jun 01, 2018

Me or I: Setting the Record Straight

When to use “me” instead of “I” is an important rule to learn. Selecting the wrong pronoun will ruin your writing and turn readers against you. Unlike “who” vs. “whom”, learning when to use “me” or “I” is very easy to learn.

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3 Awful Oxford Comma Bloopers

by Gregory Heilers Jun 01, 2018

3 Awful Oxford Comma Bloopers

Are you a staunch defender or opposer of the Oxford comma? Regardless of where you stand, these three tales of Oxford comma woe will make you think twice the next time you debate the little mark's usage.

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