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3 Easy Ways to Brush Up on Your Grammar

There’s much for writers to remember when it comes to English grammar.

Knowing the rules on using nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs and other parts of speech can get confusing at times. For example, how do you know when to use “had” or “have”?

And, when do you place an apostrophe before the letter “s” and after the “s”? Let’s not talk about commas!

If you have the inclination, you can use a book on grammar or use a grammar cheat sheet when you’re writing. But, there are other ways to learn about grammar.

Here are 3 easy ways that can help you brush up on your grammar:

1. Read. Reading a variety of books (that are not about grammar) is the most basic thing you can do to learn more about grammar. Although a book will not give you a technical lesson on grammar, reading allows you to see how verbs, participles, nouns, and other parts of speech are used in sentences. What’s more, you might also learn new words to add to your vocabulary, something that can also help you improve your writing.

2. Write. Developing your writing and improving your grammar can be done at the same time. So, don’t be afraid to write just because you believe your grammar is not perfect. Constant practice leads to improvement.

3. Ask someone knowledgeable about grammar to critique your work. Make sure that they explain their criticisms so that you can learn from their critiques. Even the best editors ask others to edit their work.

While you may feel uncomfortable with grammar, do not be afraid of it. With constant practice, you can learn about grammar and improve your writing at the same time. All you need to have is commitment and the drive for excellence.

Grammar should not make you afraid. With constant practice and effort, you can learn about grammar and e can also learn how to write well. One just needs to have the commitment and the drive for excellence.

Need help with grammar? Check out the “Bare Essentials Bits Podcasts” on my website.

Other handy grammar resources are the books:

Bare Essentials: An English Handbook for Beginner Writers, 19th Edition by Fairy C. Hayes-Scott, Ph.D. (also available as an E-Book).

Bare Essentials Bits:—The Book: Providing the Puzzle Pieces of Good Grammar, Precise Punctuation, and Accurate Word Choice by Fairy C. Hayes-Scott, Ph.D. A.K.A. DR C.