Category: Grammar Tips

  • What Is Grammar Rule 123?

    What Is Grammar Rule 123?

    Ah, Grammar Rule 123, the unsung hero of English grammar, working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure we don’t end up saying, “Me love cookies,” like an overly enthusiastic Cookie Monster. This rule is all about choosing your perspective, kind of like deciding whether to be the hero, the sidekick, or the narrator in the…

  • Can You Be A Writer With Bad Grammar?

    Can You Be A Writer With Bad Grammar?

    When we talk about writing, whether it’s a story, a blog post, or even a social media post, there’s something super important that often gets debated: good grammar. Is it old-fashioned? Is it necessary? Can you be a writer with bad grammar? Grammar is Like a Bridge Imagine writing is like building a bridge between…

  • How Do I Check If My Sentence Is Correct?

    How Do I Check If My Sentence Is Correct?

    When writing a paper, essay, or even a blog post, one may wonder how do I check if my sentence is correct? Thankfully there are many ways to do this with ease using technology. Web Browser Grammar Checkers If you are writing your document online using Google docs, or any browser window inside of Google…

  • Is Vocabulary Better Than Grammar?

    Is Vocabulary Better Than Grammar?

    When learning a language, many students often struggle with knowing what they should prioritize: vocabulary or grammar. The answer to “Is vocabulary better than grammar?” is not quite as straightforward and depends on a myriad of factors, including what the student’s goals are, their language level, and their learning context. The Case For Vocabulary Without…

  • What Are Modal Verbs of Probability?

    What Are Modal Verbs of Probability?

    Modal verbs of probability may seem like intimidating parts of language, but they’re actually verb structures that are found in everyday speech and cwriting. When you’re looking through the latest gossip magazine regarding George and Amal Clooney’s latest news and find yourself gasping, “That can’t be true!” you are using a modal verb of probability.…

  • What Are Split Infinitives?

    What Are Split Infinitives?

    One of the first grammar rules I ever learned was to avoid splitting infinitives. While there are many rules that govern how written and spoken English is structured, there are also many different ways to string words together and convey meaning. Indeed, using split infinitives isn’t the worst thing you can do in English writing.…

  • How To Fix an Unclear Antecedent

    How To Fix an Unclear Antecedent

    Just like a bad stand-in can ruin a scene in a blockbuster film, an unclear antecedent can ruin a sentence. Confused? Let me explain. Being a movie star involves a lot of downtime. (At least that’s what Idris Elba tells me on our monthly Zoom call.) You’re stuck spending hours in the makeup chair or resisting the…

  • What Are Irregular Verbs?

    What Are Irregular Verbs?

    There is an old Japanese saying that goes something like this: “A nail that sticks out gets hammered down.” Sure, there are advantages to being normal or regular. Regular verbs in English are relatively easy to form in different tenses. Being irregular isn’t so bad, though. In fact, irregular verbs show just how diverse the…

  • Being a Grammar Snob Can Cost You Friends

    Being a Grammar Snob Can Cost You Friends

    I’ll openly admit that ever since I started writing, proofreading and editing for a living, I’ve become more critical of mistakes I see in another person’s writing. Call it a working hazard. Not too long ago, I gladly bore the title of “grammar snob,” but recently, I’ve come to realize that gently pointing out the…