This week my sister-in-law shared a childhood memory. At the end of every summer, she'd return from sleep-away camp to find her letters home neatly stacked on her desk, corrected with her father's red pen. Year after year, she looked forward to this annual ritual. My father-in-law passed away this week. In his honor, today's topic is Grammar. [Editor's Note: An updated version of this topic can be found here: Grammar]
From "absorption" (not "absorbtion") to "your/you're," this clickable alphabetic list of errors is fun to peruse. Sometimes the easiest way to learn proper grammar, is to learn what NOT to say. For example, did you know a "pompom" is a large gun, but the fuzzy end of ski hat is a "pompon"? And a narrow confining garment is a "straitjacket" not a "straightjacket." Just click on any phrase for the complete skinny.
This comprehensive grammar guide is organized into topics at the Sentence Level, Paragraph Level and Essay Level. If you're not sure where to find your subject, try the pop-up alphabetic topic list. You'll also find forty-eight interactive quizzes (some are Java-based and will work only on newer browsers) that are corrected instantly for immediate feedback. Have an unanswered grammar or writing question? Ask Grammar! Unless Grammar (Darling's alter ego) is ''away on one of her binges to the Bahamas," your answer will be posted on the Grammar Logs in a day or two.