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ACADEMIC RESOURCES FOR GRAMMAR

 

Grammar Terms and Parts of Speech

 

http://www.chompchomp.com/terms.htm

Comprehensive list of parts of speech and other grammar terms. Gives easy-to-understand definitions and helpful examples, as well as rules for punctuation.

 

http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/

Extensive information on parts of speech with tips on proper usage. Includes quizzes for practice.

 

Grammar Problems and Mistakes

 

http://englishplus.com/grammar/mistcont.htm

Lists the most common grammar errors in English and explains why they are wrong and how to correct them. Gives examples of correct and incorrect usage and defines grammar terms simply and clearly.

 

http://www.wisc.edu/writing/Handbook/CommonErrors.html

Twelve common errors and an explanation of how to check for each one. Gives examples to show how to fix the errors- information is very clearly laid out and well-organized.

 

Articles

 

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/esl/eslart.html

Provides definitions, explanations and examples for proper use of “the”, “a” & “an”. Great for native and non-native speakers. Exercises at the end.

 

Fragments

 

http://englishplus.com/grammar/00000005.htm

Explains why sentence fragments are incorrect and gives correct and incorrect examples to illustrate usage. Has useful links to relevant grammar terms and definitions..

 

http://writing2.richmond.edu/writing/wweb/fragment.html

A simple explanation of what sentence fragments are and a few options that show how to correct them, with examples.

 

Run Together Sentences (RTS)

 

http://englishplus.com/grammar/00000011.htm

Brief explanation of run-together sentences and correct and incorrect examples.

 

http://writing2.richmond.edu/writing/wweb/runon.html

Description of what run-together sentences are and helpful tips for preventing RTSs in your writing.

 

Subject-Verb Agreement (SVA)

 

http://writing2.richmond.edu/writing/wweb/svagree.html

A brief description of subject verb agreement with examples of mistakes. Includes useful list of trouble-spots to look out for when editing.

 

http://www.englishplus.com/grammar/00000026.htm

Gives explanation of subject verb agreement and lists examples of verbs conjugated in present tense. Describes two situations where SVA can be a problem (“separated subjects and verbs” and “compound subjects”) and explains how to fix these errors.

 

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/599/01/

A thorough explanation of subject verb agreement and simple descriptions of eleven different cases of problems with SVA. Gives examples and useful tips for avoiding SVA errors when using compound subjects, contractions, “there are”/”there is”, “everyone”/“each”, etc, and collective nouns.

 

http://www.wisc.edu/writing/Handbook/SubjectVerb.html

Detailed descriptions of SVA in different types of sentences. Offers a useful chart containing certain problem areas in SVA, such as sentences using linking verbs or relative pronouns. More advanced, but has great examples and tips.

 

Verb tenses

 

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/601/01/

Great definitions and example sentences for the different English verb tenses.

 

http://englishplus.com/grammar/00000031.htm

Useful explanation of the subjunctive mood (a trouble-spot in English grammar).

 

http://englishplus.com/grammar/00000040.htm

A clear, concise list of how to conjugate the verb “to be”, the most irregular verb in the English language.

 

http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/types.html

A well organized site on types of verbs and verb tenses. Offers extensive information on using verbs correctly and includes clear and helpful examples. Very extensive website.

 

Pronouns

 

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/595/01/

Detailed information on how to use pronouns clearly. Includes tips for agreeing in number, agreeing in person , and referring clearly to a specific noun.

 

These pages are very useful for help with using pronouns. Each section gives information and examples for specific type of pronoun listed below.

 

Pronoun Case:

http://englishplus.com/grammar/00000021.htm

 

Possessive Pronouns:

http://englishplus.com/grammar/00000023.htm

 

Pronouns with "than" or "as":

http://englishplus.com/grammar/00000025.htm

 

Indefinite Pronouns:

http://englishplus.com/grammar/00000027.htm

 

Pronouns ending in "-self":

http://englishplus.com/grammar/00000028.htm

 

General antecedent agreement:

http://englishplus.com/grammar/00000030.htm

 

Joining Words/Conjunctions

 

http://www.wisc.edu/writing/Handbook/CoordConj.html

Description of and tips for using coordinating conjunctions (FANBOYS). Has a very helpful chart with guidelines and examples.

 

http://www.chompchomp.com/terms/coordinatingconjunction.htm

Gives a description of FANBOYS and offers examples for each coordinating conjunction. Explains how to tell the difference between coordinators and subordinators and lists common punctuation patterns. Very helpful and lots of examples.

 

http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/conjunctions.htm

Offers information on coordinators and subordinators. Includes descriptions of form, function, and position. Simple and useful.

 

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