5 exceptions to the grammar rules

April 13, 2015
Once you’ve learned all the basic rules of English grammar, you’ll find there are almost as many exceptions. Grammarly Director of Communications Allison VanNest explains some words that act in ways you might not expect.
Read the full article →

We’ll give you 60 seconds to spot these 9 writing errors

March 29, 2015
At one point during his webinar on proofreading and editing, Fred asked attendees to quickly read nine sentences to see if they could pin down what was wrong with them. Surely you can spot all the errors, right? Let’s find out.
Read the full article →

Do you use poor word choices?

March 25, 2015
Using incorrect terms or made-up words can make your speech and writing sound ridiculous and unprofessional. Grammarly’s Allison VanNest reviews several common errors to avoid in your communications.
Read the full article →

What’s wrong with these sentences?

January 28, 2015
Correct any punctuation errors in the following sentences. Caution: Some sentences may already be correct, so don’t be fooled.
Read the full article →

When is it OK to break grammar rules?

December 8, 2014
Getting your words right makes a good impression, but part of knowing the rules means knowing when it’s OK to break them. Lin­­guist Steven Pinker, writing in The Guardian, offers eight grammar rules that you can bend once in a while.
Read the full article →

Avoid these Weird Al ‘word crimes’

October 23, 2014
Weird Al Yankovic made grammar funny with his “Word Crimes” parody of Robin Thicke’s hit song “Blurred Lines” and its accompanying video this summer. Weird Al brought up some good grammar points that are important for everyone to remember, says News to Live By Managing Editor Danny Rubin.
Read the full article →

Avoid these Weird Al ‘word crimes’

October 8, 2014
Weird Al Yankovic made grammar funny with his “Word Crimes” parody of Robin Thicke’s hit song “Blurred Lines” and its accompanying video this summer. Weird Al brought up some good grammar points that are important for everyone to remember, says News to Live By Managing Editor Danny Rubin.
Read the full article →

Banish unnecessary prepositions

August 26, 2014
Many writers develop their own quirks and styles over time, and it’s possible to identify their writing just by the words and phrases they use. One common style quirk is using prepositions too much, especially the word “of,” says Grammar Girl blogger Mignon Fogarty. “Overusing it can make your writing sound passive and fussy.”
Read the full article →

Quiz: Do you misuse these phrases?

August 13, 2014
Many misused words and phrases have be­­come so common they’re now in­­cluded in some dictionaries, but they once had correct usages. Here’s a list of phrases you might be saying wrong.
Read the full article →

What exactly does ‘diversity’ refer to?

July 7, 2014
Bloggers and English language experts Patricia O’Conner and Stewart Kellerman checked with eight standard dictionaries and found no restriction on the usage of “diversity” beyond race or gender.
Read the full article →