I got into a heated discussion today with a Twitter friend about descriptive nouns, an issue that comes up for me regularly. I really need to do some serious research on that the next time the question comes up as I still need a definitive answer on how they work. (If anyone has a good resource for that, please link me!)
This might surprise you. After all since I am the editor shouldn’t I know all the answers? Shouldn’t I be the omnipotent, all-knowing Grammar Guru?
In fact I doubt that most editors and proof readers know all the grammar rules that exist by heart. What might distinguish us from other folks is that we often know where to look for solutions. Everyone struggles with certain rules. I’s inevitable The English language can be a confusing place.
Long ago, when I used to tutor students in their writing, the Guide to Grammar and Writing website was my go-to place when I was struggling with a grammar rule. The site does a great job of explaining concepts clearly with examples, and then there are lots of writing exercises which help you use what you learn. No pressure writing exercises. No need to worry about what grade you’re going to get. It proved invaluable for students who needed help, and I have no doubt it will help you too.
Check it out and bookmark it among your editing links if you want to improve your grammar and punctuation knowledge. You’ll find yourself returning to the site again and again.
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