Training to join the Grammar Police Academy? Just need some help with random grammar questions? Find the English language fascinating and want funny and/or interesting tidbits about it? Here are three great websites for grammar nerds.
Grammar Nerd Websites to Rock Your World
I love this girl’s “quick and dirty tips” to write things better. She has great explanations of why the English language does the things it does, and makes these explanations accessible to her readers.
The website that hosts Grammar Girl’s tips, Quick and Dirty Tips, actually has some great information about pretty much every topic under the sun, so it’s worth bookmarking the website in general.
Grammar Girl’s real name is Mignon Fogarty. She founded the Quick & Dirty Tips Network and Grammar Girl. Her websites and podcasts have won numerous awards—because they’re awesome.
CMOS Shop Talk
The Chicago Manual of Style is one of the most widely used editing manuals for English writing. They keep an awesome blog, CMOS Shop Talk, where you’ll find fun blog posts about grammar usage, Chicago Style “Workouts” to test your knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style, and more. You can also request a free 30-day trial to access the Chicago Manual of Style (this is not an affiliate link).
The Punctuation Guide
Yes, yes, I know that punctuation and grammar are not the same thing. But most grammar nerds are also punctuation nerds, so I thought I’d include this website. As the name suggests, it’s an excellent guide to all things punctuation.
If you use a hyphen every time you need to use any kind of dash, please do yourself a favour and check out the em dash, en dash, and hyphen sections of this site. Or just peruse the website at random, because it’s super interesting and the explanations are easy to understand.
There are a tonne of grammar websites out there, and a bunch of blogs with grammar subheadings. I’m only sharing these three because they’re reliable and are not littered with advertisements, which annoys me to no end. I’m also not sharing blogs of grammar software websites, because these software programs often cause more harm than good for both editors as well as writers.