Usage & Grammar  

The Word Police are looking for a few good people. As a certified Word Police officer, you will be entitled to issue Grammar Citations when you see or hear crimes against the language. To be inducted into the force, you must pass a Word Police Academy exam. Entrance Exam is here.  Other Word Police Exams are here.

Got Questions on Usage or Grammar?
The good folks at the Capital Community College Foundation will answer your questions. This page links you to FAQs and grammar logs so you can check to see if your question has been answered.

Grammar, Punctuation, and Capitalization: A Handbook for Technical Writers and Editors
by Mary K. McCaskill.
This online book has excellent content on grammar, punctuation, and best of all, it has wonderful content on sentence structure. The parts that focus on wordiness, conciseness, emphasis, and making verbs vigorous are very useful. The book is set up to be very quick and easy to use as well.

Guide to Grammar and Style
by Jack Lynch.
Professor Lynch explains grammar, writing and usage of easily confused words. Well organized alphabetically with a contents page. Good for a quick overview of your topic.

Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English. In these pages you'll find commonsense, jargon-free, even witty answers to all your questions about the basics as well as the subtleties of grammar, style, and usage. Whether you're intimidated by possessives, baffled by pronouns, or simply have no idea what a gerund is, Patricia T. O'Conner’s Woe Is I can bail you out.

Origins of the Specious Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language
Do you cringe when a talking head pronounces “niche” as NITCH? Do you get bent out of shape when your teenager begins a sentence with “and,” or says “octopuses” instead of “octopi”? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you’re myth-informed. Go stand in the corner—and read this book!

In Origins of the Specious, word mavens Patricia T. O’Conner and Stewart Kellerman explode the myths and misconceptions that have led generations of language lovers astray. They reveal why some of grammar’s best-known “rules” aren’t—and never were—rules at all.

The Living Dead - Let Bygone Rules Be Gone
The house of grammar has many rooms, and some of them are haunted. Despite the best efforts of grammatical exorcists, the ghosts of dead rules and the spirits of imaginary taboos are still rattling and thumping about the old place. Read about these taboos including spilt infinitives, ending a sentence with a preposition and beginning a sentence with and or but and then help put them to rest.


Usage & Grammar

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