|Parts of Speech . . . and Beyond|
A detailed discussion of parts of speech – not just definitions but extensive treatment of subdivisions and rules for use.
|Those Pesky Verbals|
An examination of gerunds, infinitives, and participles.
The rules for making pronouns agree with their antecedents, with some notes on how to avoid "sexist" pronouns.
A discussion of balanced sentence structure.
|Uses of the Semicolon|
Short and simple guide to use of the semicolon.
How to avoid and correct one of the most common errors – the comma splice.
|Brief Guide to Comma Usage|
Outline of the rules for when to use commas and when not to use them.
|Toward Concise Writing|
Some pointers on how to make writing more concise.
|Possessive Nouns: The Apostrophe|
An explanation of the rules for forming the possessive case of nouns by adding either an apostrophe + s or just an apostrophe.
|The Pronoun Trap|
Among the most embarrassing errors are those involving common pronouns. Here is how to avoid such errors.
|Agreement of Subject and Verb|
Rules for subject–verb agreement, with illustrative sentences.
|Hyphenated Words: A Guide|
When should a word be hyphenated and when not hyphenated? Here are some answers.
|"Which" Versus "That"|
A brief explanation of when to use which and when to use that.
|Active and Passive Voice of Verbs|
The voice of verbs – where the subject does the action (active) and where the action is done to the subject (passive).
A fairly detailed account of types of sentences and how they are structured.
|The Five C's|
A description of the five components of effective writing.