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    Ask somebody to proof read your work

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    "New" Site

    I say "new" because the site has been around for awhile. It's just new to this thread (I think ).

    http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/
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    sofware is not sufficient for you watch out you grammar books again

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    I have never used the different programs but I could probably use there service. I have just done spell check and reread the blog as well before I add to our site. Have only been at it for several weeks so learning. Rereading has actually been the best advice I could give.

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    Use MS Word, and trust that the little green lines that are pointing out grammatical mistakes are accurate. After fixing enough of them, you will improve..

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    This is the best I've found... I actually still have a dog-eared copy of "The Elements of Style" from when I was in college.

    The Elements of Style (online): http://www.bartleby.com/141/
    The Economist's Style Guide: http://www.economist.com/research/styleguide/

    The Economist Style Guide is a concise, readable and surprisingly entertaining guide to good business writing. It is arranged alphabetically and covers topics from Abbreviations to the correct usage of ‘while’.

    The generally terse guidelines offer little room for literary fireworks but they are clear and precise. This is what you want from a reference book.

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    Your plea for help with grammar is an increasingly common one. It’s interesting that so many bloggers and Web site owners are feeling the pressure to use proper English when they write their posts or Web content.

    And well they should. Grammar, punctuation and usage errors reflect negatively on a writer’s image and credibility. Like everyone else who writes anything that will be read by others, bloggers and Web site owners shoot themselves in their collective feet if they write poorly. Then can have the best information in the world, but if they present it in a way that screams “uneducated lout,” people will question the value and integrity of the information itself.

    So where do you go for help with grammar? There are tons of books out there in printed and online formats. But my experience is that they tend to be chloroform in print. And you have to read through endless pages of rules to find the ones you actually don’t know.

    Another problem you face is that you often don’t know that you don’t know certain rules. For example, I spent years as a full-time freelance writer putting hyphens in phrases like “the book was well-written” when I shouldn’t have used them, and not putting hyphens in phrases like “a well written book” when I should have used them. (If you’re confused, you can read a full explanation of this issue at http://thewritersbag.com/writing-rul...r-well-written.)

    In my years as a working writer, I’ve noted the English rules and issues that people are most likely to get wrong when they write. I’ve addressed these in what I hope is an easy-to-digest, straightforward way in the “Writing Rules” category of posts at http://thewritersbag.com. It took me years to cull these out and make sense of them. I hope they can be of use to you as you work to improve your writing.

    Hope this helps.

    PS. I compiled the 50 most commonly abused rules and issues into an e-book (http://thewritersbag.com/e-books/50-...he-real-world). I’ve found that if people learn these, they will eliminate almost all the mistakes writers commonly make. And they won’t have to pour through hundreds of pages and thousands of rules to zero in on them.
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    try Grammar Girl shes really cool

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    Quote Originally Posted by r937 View Post
    you cannot do better than H W Fowler

    see The King's English

    other online usage guides at bartelby: http://www.bartleby.com/usage/
    Great resource. I like it most.
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    Reading increases your vocabulary. Reading exposes you to different styles of writing.

    If there is ONE SPECIFIC advice to give....it would be...be a voracious bookworm.

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    Also you may use "English Grammar In Use" written by Raymond Murphy.

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    If you are sick in English, call a doctor - Dr. Grammar

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    I have to say that Strunk & White remain the gold standard for grammer and useage, at least in my book. I've been writing (fiction and non-fiction) for at least 10 years, on and off for various companies and myself, and nothing beats their no nonsense approach. The site I use to read it online is
    http://www.diku.dk/hjemmesider/studerende/myth/EOS/
    which has already been posted I think.

    My personal favorite passage, and on I always need to re-check is rule number 12

    # Put statements in positive form.

    Make definite assertions. Avoid tame, colorless, hesitating, non-committal language. Use the word not as a means of denial or in antithesis, never as a means of evasion.

    It's never a good idea to speak in writing in a passive manner.. :-) hope this helps a little bit.

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    You have been given some fantastic advice already. While sentence structure, punctuation, and phrasing are critical parts of good communication, what most great writers posses is a recognizable voice.

    Start simple; deliver clean and sharp messages. Over time your voice will start to creep out, When it does embrace it and release your unique character in prose.

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    The best thing you can do for yourself is to learn to write with proper grammer. No online grammar check is going to be flawless--and often times they don't recognize the difference between proper grammar and efficient, proper grammar. Do yourself a huge favor and read Strunk's The Elements of Style. It will teach you something equally as important as grammar, and that is saying as much as you can in as few words as possible.
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    Hey!

    A simple tip that might come in handy...stick to short sentences. Always works! When you can't do that, jot down the points, thougts, expressions and then join them with appropriate conjunctions, that will help you keep a check on the tenses and the subject verb agreement.

    Hope this helps!

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    Hey check the following links. I think it will be helpful.

    http://www.egpet.net/vb/t589.html

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...ammar_and.html

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    at the very least run everything you post on your site through a spell checker.

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    the best place to learn to improve one's grammar I think its in forums. like this one
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    There are some great tools out there that can help you improve your writing. Try searching for terms such as "seo copywriting tools", "copywriting tools", "grammar tools", etc. You might find some blogs covering the subject.
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    I think best way to go is learn the grammar through reading books >_>

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    Can anyone really write good English by reading grammar texts? That would be like trying to win Wimbledon by learning the rules of tennis.


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