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Grammar Resources

Learn from Mistakes
Pay attention to comments on your papers - For instance, if your instructor writes "fragment" on your paper, find out what a fragment is.

Common Errors

Verb Tense Consistency
Subject-Verb Agreement
Pronoun-Antecedent Argument
Pronoun Reference
Mixed Construction
Run-On's and Comma Splices
Shift in Person
Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
Usage problems -- Confused Words

Cool Tool 1: OWL at Purdue

The OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue home page http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/
You can find grammar handouts, grammar videos on the new Purdue grammar blog, and proofreading tips.

Cool Tool 2: Guide to Grammar and Writing interactive quizzes and PowerPoint presentations

Homepage at http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/

List of Topics http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/index2.htm

Interactive Quizzes http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quiz_list.htm

PowerPoint Presentations http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/powerpoint.htm

Cool Tool 3: Grammar Bytes free basic access to tutorials and hundreds of interactive exercises.

Grammar Instruction with Attitude. Includes detailed terms, interactive exercises, handouts, PowerPoints, and more!

Cool Tool 4: Exercise Central 3.0 free basic access to tutorials and hundreds of interactive exercises.

Bedford/St. Martin's has a good interactive quiz site at http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/exercisecentral/

You need to register for basic student access for the site unless your instructor is using a Bedford/Martin's textbook and is registered for special access.

Cool Tool 5: Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tricks for Better Writing

You can go to the website or to iTunes and download Grammar Girl podcasts.

Cool Grammar Handouts:

Downloadable handouts and links

Cool Tool for Proofreading Your Papers

Get tips on Proofreading Your Writing on the Purdue OWL website at

Practice Combining Sentences

Guide to Grammar and Writing Sentence Combining Skills at http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/combining_skills.htm

Purdue OWL Sentence Clarity Powerpoint at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/711/01/

Grammar on Video

Search for Grammar Rock YouTube videos at http://www.youtube.com/

Grammar Videos at http://grammarvideos.wikispaces.com/

Re-Cap on How to Improve Your Writing

Know your own common errors

Target one at a time

Practice revising and fixing your errors.

Learn how to combine sentences effectively

Don't give up. It takes a long time to overcome bad habits.  Choose one fun grammar tool to practice with regularly.  Try typing “Grammar Rock” into the YouTube Search and watch the Grammar Rock videos.  Listen to Grammar Girl’s podcast regularly.

Read a lot. Read good writing helps improve you vocabulary and awareness of the craft of writing.

Grammar Podcasts (Links to iTunes)

Grammar Done Right! from The Red Pen Editor: GRAMMAR TIPS from The Red Pen Editor. Do you know when to use who vs. whom? Is it all right to use alright? Get answers to these and other grammar tips delivered weekly to your inbox
feed://klreddick.audioacrobat.com/rss/red_hot_grammar_tips.xml (Episodes)

Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tricks for Better Writing: Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Whether English is your first language or your second language, punctuation, style and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer. Grammar Girl is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast.
http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/EpisodeList.aspx (Episodes)

MPR: Grammar Grater Podcasts: Grammar Grater is a weekly podcast about English words, grammar, and usage for the Information Age.
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/radio/podcasts/grammar_grater/ (Episodes)

More Resources

Learn Grammar and Donate Rice at the same time!
http://www.freerice.com Grammar Link

Garbl's Online Grammar Guides is an annotated directory of Web sites where you can find answers to your questions about sentence structure and using the parts of speech correctly. You'll also find a separate section below featuring Web sites with advice on punctuation.

The Grammar and Punctuation Glossary
Webpage of trusted online resources for grammar and punctuation. Each term also includes a link that further describes and provides examples of each part of speech/punctuation. (This is not an endorsement of the University of Phoenix)

Grammar Rock from School House Rock

Unpack Your Adjectives - Adjectives

Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here - Adverbs

Conjunction Junction - Conjunctions

Interjections! - Interjections

Rufus Xavier Sarsparilla - Pronouns

Verb! That's What's Happening - Verbs

A Noun Is A Person, Place Or Thing - Nouns

Busy Prepositions - Preposition

The Tale of Mr. Morton - Subjects and Predicates

Bad Grammar - The Way I Are Parody featuring HotforWords (Music Video)


Music by: Timbaland
Lyrics by: James Warren (James@War) and Marina Orlova (Hot for Words)
Performed by: James@War, HotforWords and Sheena Melwani

Timbaland - The Way I Are MUSIC VIDEO

Victor Borge Phonetic Pronunciation

Content developed for the SOS Workshop:
Improve Your Grammar: Cool Tools But No Magic Pills
by Gail Harada

Additional material added by SOS Coordinator.

Gail Harada's Webpage

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