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May 23, 2010

Beware of the Grammar Girl!

There are many grammar and language related websites. Some deal with vocabulary, some with usage...

...and some work with - and play with - the intricacies of grammar.

Ever look for a reliable, one-stop source for all kinds of grammar and language questions?

Grammar Girl at http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/home/ has a variety of helpful tips and language rescue plans.

For example, the distinction between active and passive writing can be fairly complex for writers in English - native or not.

Look how Grammar girl explains it here - http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/active-voice-versus-passive-voice.aspx.

She also has a great set of steps to end a conversation. You'd be amazed how many people, again, native speakers of English as well, have difficulty with this essential, yet potentially awkward step can be. Look at her key elements here - http://publicspeaker.quickanddirtytips.com/politely-ending-conversations.aspx.

And take a look at what she has to say about five things not to say at work - http://publicspeaker.quickanddirtytips.com/Never-Say-At-Work.aspx.

And for those REALLY difficult situations - like when someone dies, what should one say? Here's what Grammar Girl recommends - http://publicspeaker.quickanddirtytips.com/Death-Dying-Comfort-Loss-Say.aspx

In the more neutral category of punctuation, look what she says about dashes, parentheses and commas at

We are all always learning. And we, as well as the world around us, are always changing. And we never know what short story, film or piece of our own writing might shed some light on a situation or make us wonder or be thankful for the life we have.

It is always more fun to learn together, so let me know what it is about English that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.


About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf prefers international and independent films, foreign foods he can't pronounce, music no one else has heard of and riding his bicycle in foreign cities.

Posted by mmorf at May 23, 2010 09:49 PM

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