Grammar FeaturesHere are some grammar-related features available on writerswrite.com.
Affect vs Effect - There is a verb and noun rule that will make determining the right word to use easy in most cases.
Grammar Check: Awhile or A While? - There is not a solid consensus on this issue.
Grey or Gray - It doesn't matter which spelling you use. They words have the same meaning.
Which or That - Learn when to use which or that in a sentence.
Who vs. Whom - Learn to solve this using the subject/object rule and the he/him he/him mnemonic.
Yea, Yeah, Yay, Yah and Yup. - Find out the meanings of this words.
Lay, Lie, Laid and Lain - The past tense of lie can get tricky.
Peek, Peak and Pique - Find out how to remember to spell these words correctly.
Using i.e. and e.g. - learn the meaning and usage rules for i.e. and e.g.
Write and Writing Synonyms - some interesting options include scribe, craft, indite and compose. We also have a page about book synonyms.
Italics and Titles Learn when to italicize book titles, magazine names, album titles and more.
'Tis the Season! - Discover the meaning of the holiday phrase and the 'tis contraction.
Whoa is Correct - Whoa is the correct spelling. "Woah" and "whoah" are wrong.
Find Words to Use Instead of Very - cure your very big overuse problem
Assure, Ensure and Insure - learn the differences in these commonly confused words.
Effective Writing For the Workplace - learn how to make effective use of passive voice and be precise
Onomatopoeias - learn more about these fun words that sound like what they mean
A Conversation with Barbara Wallraff: Barbara Wallraff discusses grammar issues, her column in The Altantic and her grammar advice book, Word Court.
Transition Words and Phrases: Learn more about transition words and how and when to use them.
A Conversation With Patricia T. O'Conner: Patricia T. O'Conner discusses editing, writing skills and her grammar book, Woe Is I.
For Fun: Word Crimes by Weird Al Yankovic: Weird Al Yankovic turns Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines into a rant about proper grammar
Automatically Correct Typos in MS Word: Michael L. Cope explains how to add your common mistakes to the AutoCorrect function in MS Word.
Website Should be One Word Not Two - In 2010 the AP Stylebook tweeted that "Web site" should now be written as "website."
Online vs On-line - Just like with "website" there is no need for the hyphen.
Common Writing Mistakes: Michael LaRocca shares some common writing mistakes and explains why they are incorrect.
Strong Verbs - Learn how using strong verbs can improve your writing.
Interview with Nancy C. Hanger - Nancy C. Hanger talks about getting her start as an editor and the importance of a copyeditor in publishing
E-mail Etiquette (Netiquette)
Learn the rules and unspoken conventions involved in sending email.
Find our what [sic] means and how is it used.
Metaphors and Similes
Find out what metaphors and similes are and read examples from plays, poetry and songs.
Eats, Shoots & Leaves - read an excerpt from Lynne Truss's book detailing her zero tolerance approach to punctuation.