Got questions about grammar, style or usage? You may well find the answers at one or more of these sites. There are plenty of other good places to look, of course, both online and off, but these sites are certainly helpful. Some people actually find them engrossing, compelling … even habit-forming. Check them out for yourself.
60+ English Grammar Resources for Fun & Effective Learning – A near-encyclopedic listing of grammar resources; don’t be intimidated – check it out!
Choose Your Words – A wonderful guide through the minefield of often-confused word pairs
Guide to Literary Devices – This is a list, with examples, of a range of devices that writers and speakers can use to enliven their writing and speeches. They include not only such well-known devices as alliteration, euphemism, hyperbole, irony and metaphor, but many that are widely used but whose names are less widely known (e.g., assonance and consonance). Adding this list to the page was suggested by Peyton Wertz, 13 (as of February 2018), an aspiring writer who found it helpful and thought others might benefit from it too. It is not an exhaustive list, so if you don’t find what you’re looking for here, try Googling literary devices or rhetorical devices to find quite a few similar lists, some of which cover additional territory. Thank you for the suggestion, Peyton!
High School English Grammar Resources – This is an excellent list of wide-ranging resources that, despite its title, may be of considerable help not only to high school students but to almost anyone looking for writing assistance. Here’s the back story of how we came to add it to this page. We were contacted (in October 2023) by an after-school tutor, Heather, one of whose students, Alyssa, found our page “incredibly useful.” (Thank you!) In further pursuing her research, Alyssa found another page – the one to which the heading above is linked – and Heather wrote to suggest that we add the link here, which, she wrote, would “make Alyssa proud of the work she’s put in to overcoming her own struggles.” Thank you, Alyssa and Heather. We hope this new selection of resources proves helpful to all who explore it.
Purdue U. Online Writing Lab (OWL) – If you can’t find the answer anywhere else, try this