Grammar Grab-bag: 4 Common Grammar Rules You Need to Know
It’s important to soak up all the advice on grammar, punctuation rules and spelling tips you can when you are a writer. The last thing you want is to submit a manuscript or a freelance assignment or a query letter to an editor and have it turned down because it was laced with grammar and punctuation errors. Can you imagine how embarrassing it would be to get your work rejected because you didn’t know how to spell a word (and spell check didn’t catch it)? Or your novel gets thrown in the slush pile because you don’t know when to use an adverb versus when to use an adjective?
In this free online download, you’ll get the grammar help you need (or, at least, a refresher of rules you already know) to keep you from looking amateurish. Whether you’re debating splitting your infinitives or trying to decide if it’s OK to end your sentences in prepositions, this grammar grab-bag offers up the inside scoop on some of the basic rules of grammar while also giving you a nuts-and-bolts breakdown of what you can and can’t do when writing your stories. That’s why we’re giving away the answers to several of the most popular grammar questions, and we’re giving them away for free! Just download it and keep it on hand for your reference.
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Details can really make or break a story. Details can also make or break your writing, which is why it’s important to study grammar. Spelling and punctuation are important, but if you can’t craft proper sentences using the right verb forms or making sure an adverb is used where an adverb is needed, you’ll have a harder time convincing an agent or publisher that you’re up to the task of writing a great manuscript.
The Grammar Grab-bag: 4 Common Grammar Rules You Need to Know focuses on several of the most common questions about grammar and gives you tips on how to avoid making missteps in your writing. Do you remember the difference between an intransitive verb and a transitive verb? If you don’t, the Grammar Grab-bag will clear that up for you, as well as put an end to a couple of grammar myths (we’re looking at you, split infinitives). It’s time for you to improve your writing and impress editors with your sharp spelling and grammar skills. Just download this Grammar Grab-Bag now and keep it for your reference.
GRAMMAR TIPS ON ADVERB-ADJECTIVE DISTINCTION
Understanding the difference between adverbs and adjectives will go a long way into cleaning up your writing and making it crisp, as well as grammatically correct. When looking at this next sentence, can you spot the grammatical error?: I was shaking so bad I could hardly make out what the letter said. Inside this download there are simple definition breakdowns for adverbs and adjectives, a straightforward explanation on where to use them and several example sentences for you to practice correct sentence structure.
USE INTRANSITIVE OR TRANSITIVE VERBS CORRECTLY
Perhaps you’ve mastered correct punctuation and don’t need any advice on spelling. Grammar that relates to verb choices, on the other hand, may be something that sparks your interest. Stop wasting time debating between intransitive and transitive verbs, with a little help from this section that offers up examples of both.
GRAMMAR RULES FOR SPLITTING INFINITIVES
Most grammar teachers will tell you that grammar rules dictate that you can’t split infinitives, but is this rule true? There’s a lot of debate on that front, but to understand where this so-called rule came from, you have to understand its Latin connection and why splitting infinitives will cause others to accuse of not using correct grammar—even if you really aren’t breaking any rules.
SENTENCE STRUCTURE ENDING WITH A PREPOSITION
There are some grammar and spelling questions there are no easy answers for. This rings especially true when talking about whether or not you can end a sentence in a preposition. There’s a myth that sentences can never end in a preposition, but that just isn’t the case at all. In fact, sometimes it’s preferable to end a sentence with a preposition instead of adding in the awkward phrase of “for which” or “on which.” And even though the sentence at the start of this paragraph does ring better when recast as, There are some grammar and spelling questions for which there are no easy answers, this element of this download offers examples and advice on how to choose your wording wisely.
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