Post # 1
My grammar sucks. I hated English in high school and paid attention enough to pass. Now that I’m blogging, I want to better myself. Where can I take some basic lessons online? I played around with the idea of taking a course at the local community college, but I don’t have time for that. ^_^
Post # 3
Honestly, my best advise to you is to read! And by read I mean classic literature. After a while you’ll see that the proper grammar has rubbed off on you.
Post # 4
@Meowkers: I’ve been reading the classics since I fell in love with Oliver Twist as a young kid..under 10. Um, I still don’t know that my grammar is that good. I’m a spelling Nazi though 🙂
Post # 5
Reading definitely. And there are some quickie books that you can find on amazon.
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Post # 7
Yes, reading! I used to tutor ESL students, and the number one thing that helped students learn grammatical rules quickly was reading. Instead of having to memorize tedious rules, reading allows you to absorb the rules in an organic, instinctive way. Reading a lot is key.
Miss Tattoo, I’ve never noticed any problems with your grammar. I’m a bit of a grammar freak so poor grammar usually catches my attention. You’ve always struck me as a very articulate writer.
Post # 8
Great post! I am also a budding blogger and I know I need to polish my grammar and spelling. >.<
Meh, who am I kidding? I write like I talk…casual and spastic.
** Edit** I also agree with Jayce. I think your grammar is just fine.
Post # 9
I second pretty much everything jayce said.
Also, I recommend the book Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss. It’s a grammar book that’s hilarious to read! Seriously, I recommend this book to people just as something fun. The English aspect is a bonus!
Post # 10
I’m an English teacher, and I really recommend reading more before you start cramming grammar lessons in. Reading more exposes us to how sentence structures naturally flow and clues us in to what sounds “awkward” for your readers.
If you really want to learn the ins and outs of grammar, your local community college or university should have entire classes on just grammar. I took a year-long course back when I was an English major; all we literally did was study sentence structure and how words fit together in the English language. It sounds dull, but I learned so much in that class.
Post # 11
My go-to place for grammar questions: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
Post # 12
I think you’re beating yourself up about your grammar – your writing is fine. I agree with the above comments that reading helps.