Brush up on grammar

A couple of academic Web sites offer wonderful tools for learning or relearning grammar and punctuation.

Professor Charles Darling created and maintained The Guide to Grammar and Writing at the site for Capital Community College in Hartford, Conn. Darling died this month, but I hope someone will take up the cause and keep the site going. It is a wonderful resource. One part of the site that I checked out this weekend contains PowerPoint presentations about subject-verb agreement, commas and other points of grammar and mechanics. If you have PowerPoint or a PowerPoint viewer on your computer, you can review the presentations.

The Purdue University Online Writing Lab has great explanations and exercises for learning grammar and writing. That site also offers PowerPoint presentations on writing and grammar in its workshops section. Scroll down a bit on the page to the section titled “Grammar and Mechanics.”

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