Here is a small test of your skills:
Its O.K. if you don’t understand grammar; because its hard. Many writers struggle alot in generally with semicolons, proofreading and editing. Because they’re so hard to find, people can have a difficult time picking out their mistakes. The affect of poor grammar: poor grades. Never forge to proofread.
If you found at least ten grammatical errors in the paragraph above, you win. If you didn’t, these funny blog posts can help you recognize common issues with grammar.
Nothing is more charming that puppets. This is a video of general and common grammar mistakes that pop up all over the internet. Most of us know these mistakes, but still write them from time to time. Even if you think you know them, it’s still important to have a refresher course. It literally had me laughing out loud.
Many, if not most, writers avoid the worst punctuation mark on the keyboard: the semicolon. Using a semicolon is easy; I do it all of the time. This helpful post guides the reader through how and when to use the semicolon. You don’t have to live in fear anymore!
Do you have a lot of trouble with the alot? Though most word processing programs automatically pop in a space, sometimes the wild hairy beast persists. Read this hilarious post from the blog Hyperbole and a Half and remind yourself of the alot beast. You shouldn’t have a lot of trouble after that.
You might “enjoy” this one. Sometimes, quotations are necessary. Other times, they’re really, really not. Remember that the quotation mark should not be used for emphasis or indirect quotes. “Click” the above link and have “fun” looking at these excessive uses of the “quotation mark.”
The oxford comma is a controversial topic, and is not always agreed upon. You’re shopping for tomatoes, carrots and potatoes. I’m shopping for tomatoes, carrots, and potatoes. The same gist of the sentence gets across. Why need the excess punctuation? This post makes a fairly strong case for it.
This is a common writing issue. Sentences and clauses can be misunderstood. This is a list of funny sentences where the meaning was not what the writer intended. It’s alright if you’re not sure what this means; you will after reading these examples. I fought a tiger armed with a spear. Did the tiger have a spear?
While this post features a video, a longer explanation, and even a quiz, the comic at the top says it all. It’s a super-easy way to visualize the differences between the two words. Then, you can use the quiz to make sure you’ll never get it wrong again. It may have a positive overall affect on you. (Doh!)
There are a lot of different grammar tips out there; you can have fun browsing through the Web for them. The point is to not be a grammar cop, but to complete sentences that have clear meanings. We hope these funny posts stick in your memory!