The Best Places to Find Free Grammar Help Online

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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How to Edit Your Your Manuscript

How to Edit Your Your Manuscript

You wrote a novel! Well done. Reaching the NaNoWriMo goal of 50,000 words in a month is an impressive feat. What's next? The technical writing edit.

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Challenge Winner: a case for lowercase

Challenge Winner: a case for lowercase

What writing rules do you like to break? What writing rules do you always follow? How important are grammar rules when it comes to good writing?

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Which Grammar Rules Do You Follow? And When Is It Okay to Break Them?

Which Grammar Rules Do You Follow? And When Is It Okay to Break Them?

Grammar and writing rules are important, but following them isn't the ultimate goal. Clear and compelling writing is. And sometimes, you need to ignore the writing rules in order to make your point.

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4 Ways an App Can Make You a Better Writer (Yes, Really!)

4 Ways an App Can Make You a Better Writer (Yes, Really!)

One of the biggest problems that creative people face is how to take their imagined ideas and communicate them clearly and effectively in writing. I dread to think how many incredible adventures, concepts, and viewpoints are locked up in the brains of people who struggle with the technical elements of writing. The part of the brain that we use for imaginative thinking is quite different from the part that actually crafts the sentences. And the quickest way to lose a reader’s confidence—even if your ideas are water-tight—is to present them with clumsy, awkward, error-filled writing.

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How to use... The Grammar Check

How to use... The Grammar Check

The Grammar Check is similar to the grammar and spelling checkers that you have probably used in within your word processor. It highlights any word that’s not in our dictionary in case it’s misspelled. It also looks at the construction of the sentence to make sure that the structure, punctuation and tense are correct. But, in addition to these standard grammar checks, our team of copyeditors have been inputting thousands of specific checks that they have come across in their years of editing. Our goal over the next couple of years is to have a simple explanation associated with every grammar issue that the software picks up.

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Do You Italicize Book Titles?

Do You Italicize Book Titles?

Back in the day, people taught students to underline the titles of books, magazines, plays, songs, movies, and other titled works. Now, in most instances, you italicize book titles, songs, and other full-length works like movies. In this guide, we'll cover what to italicize and when.

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Are Your Adjectives Powerful?

Are Your Adjectives Powerful?

An adjective is a word that names an attribute of a noun. Some are strong and paint clear, specific pictures of the thing they are describing. Some are weak and vague and don’t tell us much. Let’s start with an example...

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Now, You Can Accept/Ignore a Suggestion and Automatically Jump to the Next

Now, You Can Accept/Ignore a Suggestion and Automatically Jump to the Next

We've just made an exciting new development to our grammar checking software: the accept and move on function.

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Interjections: When to Use Them

Interjections: When to Use Them

Zoinks! Humbug! Bada bing! Ruh-roh! Holy Hole in a Doughnut, Batman! An interjection is like a word bomb used to get someone's attention. In this piece, we examine what interjections are and when to use them.

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Are You Using Apostrophes Correctly?

Are You Using Apostrophes Correctly?

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Take the Homonym/Homophone Challenge!

Take the Homonym/Homophone Challenge!

Hung up on homonyms? Learn the top five most common word confusions and how to be precise in your meaning.

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The Top 25 Oxymorons

The Top 25 Oxymorons

An oxymoron is a figure of speech in which two words with contradictory meanings are placed side-by-side. Here's a list of 25 of our favorites.

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Agent Advice Part 2: Line-Editing and Copy-Editing

Agent Advice Part 2: Line-Editing and Copy-Editing

Literary agents are the gatekeepers of the publishing world. Their verdict on a five-page submission can make or break an author’s dreams. It’s critical to ensure your submission catches an agent’s eye and doesn’t immediately get passed upon.

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Agent Advice Part 1: Developmental Editing

Agent Advice Part 1: Developmental Editing

Literary agents are the gatekeepers of the publishing world. Their verdict on a five-page submission can make or break an author’s dreams. It’s critical to ensure your submission catches an agent’s eye and doesn’t immediately get passed upon.

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