A while back, I shared Copyediting’s fall training calendar, which is loaded with business help this year, in this space.
But perhaps, like one of my copyediting students, you want to brush up on your grammar instead. It’s one of my favorite subjects, and while there’s no shortage of bad grammar advice out there, you can also find a glut of good grammar advice, too.
Here are several ideas for upping your grammar game this fall.
Copyeditors often need to know more grammar than the average professional. These resources are specifically for editors.
- Copyediting’s Grammar Tune-Up Workbook by yours truly is a collection of short lessons and exercises designed to cement those lessons in your mind.
- Grammar 1 and Grammar 2 by June Casagrande are 90-minute recorded classes on the grammar lessons copyeditors need most.
- Grammar: Beyond the Basics by Lisa McLendon is a 90-minute recorded class that dives deeply into grammar lessons that you can apply to your daily work.
Take a few minutes a day to play a game or take a quiz, and you’ll refresh your grammar skills in no time.
- Guide to Grammar & Writing
- Grammar Ninja
- The Norton Field Guide to Writing
- Daily Writing Tips
- Grammar Tutorials from City University of New York
Books and Workbooks
Is print more your speed? Check out these books and workbooks that cover some grammar basics.
- Perfect English Grammar by Grant Barrett and the companion The Perfect English Grammar Workbook by Lisa McLendon offer clearly written lessons and exercises.
- The Handy English Grammar Answer Book by Christine A. Hult covers sentence structure, punctuation, and language mechanics, as well as grammar.
- A Student’s Introduction to English Grammar by Rodney Huddleston and Geoffrey Pullum is based on the authors’ grammar theory detailed in The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. It includes basic lessons and exercises.
General (Fun!) Reading
And if you just love reading about grammar and language, these are fun and informative.
- Making Sense: The Glamorous Story of English Grammar by David Crystal (as well as anything else by Crystal)
- The Grammar Devotional by Mignon Fogarty (a.k.a. Grammar Girl)
- For Who the Bell Tolls by David Marsh
- The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker
- Woe Is I by Patricia T. O’Conner (read The Grammarphobia Blog, as well)
- The Glamour of Grammar by Roy Peter Clark (check out his other books, too)
- Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies by June Casagrande (and her other books)
What resources do you turn to when you want to brush up on your grammar skills? Share your resources in the comments!