Writing Resources: Grammar Girl

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between affect and effect? Lay and lie? i.e. and e.g.? Grammar Girl has the answers to these questions and many others that elude writers far and wide. Grammar Girl is an online resource that provides answers to commonly misunderstood grammar issues. The source of these answers is the site’s host, former magazine and technical writer Mignon Fogarty. Fogarty has written several books on grammar and provides sneak peaks from her works on the Grammar Girl website.

Grammar Girl has a wide range of information, including but not limited to grammar, punctuation, word choice, and style. The fact that grammar girl discusses word choice is probably my favorite feature of the site! I’ve always been one to over-think word choice in my writing. One of my favorite examples is “101 Troublesome Words You’ll Master In No Time”, which is a number of  sneak peaks to one of Fogarty’s books. In these posts, word choice is discussed in great detail.

However, there is one thing that any Grammar Girl user should be aware of. Grammar Girl by itself won’t be able to answer all of your grammar questions. The site is very robust, but in no way all encompassing. My suggestion is to use Grammar Girl in addition to other great writing resources (like the The Writing Center @ MSU!). Grammar Girl isn’t a perfect one-stop destination for all of your grammar needs, but it is still an incredibly helpful resource.

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