Grammar, Punctuation & Mechanics

Grammar not only affects our clarity, but also can add authority, enhance meaning, and create a more sophisticated voice. Check out the following links for a list of common concerns arranged by subject as well as commonly asked questions and practice quizzes.For further support, schedule an appointment with one of our writing consultants.
List of Common Errors

Syntax and
Sentence Structure
Sentence Structure Overview
Creating Readability Through Syntax
Dangling Participles
Dangling Participles Exercise
Parallel Structure
Split Infinitives
Split Infinitives Exercise

Comma Splices, Run-ons,
and Fragments
Comma Splices
Run-on Sentences
Sentence Fragments
Run-on Sentences – Exercise 1
Comma Splices – Exercise 1
Fragments – Exercise 1
Proofreading Guide for Common Errors

Subject-Verb Agreement Subject-Verb Agreement

Verbs Verb Tense, Function & Uses
(Note menu at left side of screen)
Auxiliary or Helping Verbs
Transitive and Intransitive Verbs
Using Verb Tenses

Nouns and Pronouns Plurals
Using Pronouns Clearly
Pronoun Reference Rules
Formal Pronoun Rules for Writing

Preposition Usage Prepositions
Preposition Exercise

Articles Articles Guide (with chart)
Special Cases for Articles
Article Video
Article Usage Exercise (fill-in-the-blank)
Articles Exercise (multiple choice)
Articles Game

Commonly Confused Words Lay vs. Lie
Lay vs. Lie Exercise
Which vs. That
Which vs. That Exercise
Who vs. Whom

General Punctuation The Punctuation Guide
Chart of Punctuation in Context
Punctuation Overview

Comma Usage Commas
Commas Exercise

Semicolon and Colon Usage Semicolons
Semicolons Video
Semicolons Exercise
Colons Exercise

Possessives Possessives
Possessives Exercise

Hyphens and Dashes Hyphens
Hyphens Exercise
Hyphens and Dashes Exercise (multiple choice)
Hyphens and Dashes Exercise (sentence editing)

Quotation Marks Punctuating Quotations
Punctuating Quotations Exercise

Parenthesis and Ellipses Parentheses

Mechanics Capitalization
Using Italics and Underlining
Italics Exercise (editing)
Italics Exercise (multiple choice)
Punctuating Titles
Writing Numbers
Writing Numbers Exercise
Mechanics Review Exercise