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This site addresses many common English grammar and usage errors, and also provides links to many useful English-language-related tools, all of them free. Need to look up a word? Try (listed under Other Resources/Dictionaries in the toolbar above). Need to familiarize yourself with the terminology of the construction industry? Try (listed under Other Resources/Terminology). You get the idea.

We've also included a Grammar Checker link (under Other Resources) that lets you instantly check the grammar and punctuation of an entered paragraph .

“Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.”

William Strunk, Jr., The Elements of Style  

In the Grammar & Usage section, we address all those errors that made us tear our hair out over the years: averse vs. adverse, compose vs. comprise, especially vs. specially, and on and on. In Parts of Speech, we clear up the confusion between adjective and adverb, between pronoun and proper noun. In Punctuation, we explain, among other things, just why the quotation mark typically goes outside the period.

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