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Thread: Useful Grammar and Syntax References On The Web

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    Lightbulb Useful Grammar and Syntax References On The Web

    Useful offsite references for grammar and style:

    Purdue Online Writing Lab: Grammar
    : a nice overview of some of the more basic -- but often problematic -- elements of English grammar.

    FactMonster's Grammar and Spelling Reference
    : Another good grammar overview.

    Alan Cooper's Homonyms: A bunch of words that sound alike but mean different things. A grate resource too help yew chews the write won wen inn doubt.

    How to use a semicolon
    : the Oatmeal's guide to "the most feared punctuation on earth"; combines memorable examples with unforgettable illustrations. (via Shadow Dragon)
    How and why to use whom in a sentence: the Oatmeal again, this time on "who" vs. "whom". With monocles. And steeds.
    Last edited by evilrooster; 08-21-2013 at 10:09 PM.
    An excerpt from Bigglethwaite & Windemere's Manual of Proper and Exquisite English on the Capitalisation of Historical Events.

    The capitalisation of historical terms is a matter of concern to many writers. The rule, though simple, requires and reveals the writer's judgment, opinions, and preconceptions, and should be applied with care:

    1. Matters of absolute importance should be capitalised.
    2. Matters of no wider historical import should have only their proper nouns capitalised.
    3. Matters which the author not only considers insignificant, but wishes had never occurred, should have all words rendered in lower-case.
    4. If the writer looks upon history as a kind of fantastical territory, and wishes to assert either that it is wildly unlikely or highly distorted, all matters that can be considered nouns of any sort should be capitalised

    B&W 2:14

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