Grammar guides – six of the best

Clean up your act with a good ol' bit of grammar.

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Clients often ask us to recommend a basic grammar guide. You know, for the colleagues who struggle with practice and practise, or your and you’re. Or for those times when the difference between a comma and a semicolon is potentially life-threatening. 

Attaining the rank of Grammar Sensei is not about belittling lesser writers – it’s about communicating clearly and efficiently. Grammar isn’t about style either, although there’s some inevitable crossover – you can find our pick of style guides in our tools for web copywriters.

So we thought we’d share our top picks with you. And because grammarians are invariably draconian, we’re giving you six of the best.

  1. BBC Skillwise  – gives you the basics. The content is excellent, if slightly disjointed in the way it’s presented.
  2. Bristol University Grammar Guide  – good for its examples and exercises.
  3. Grammar and Style in British English  – use this one if you fancy a deep dive into the subject. Probably a bit too detailed for what most people need most of the time, but it’s a very good resource.
  4. New Hart’s Rules  – the internet is a fickle place full of mistakes. Get a hold of Hart’s Rules and you’re in safe hands when it comes to capitalisation, hyphenation, when to use italics, and other considerations of the discerning editor. 
  5. The Plain English Campaign  – going forward, utilise this website to action improvements to all entire business communication portfolio. There’s a grammar quiz too.
  6. UCL’s Internet Grammar of English  – forget the slightly odd name and 800x600 looks – this excellent guide is perfect for beginners and more assured writers.

Got any other grammar guides you think we should know about? Our comments section is ripe and ready.

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