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PostSubject: Online Tools for Writing   Online Tools for Writing Icon_minitimeWed Nov 23, 2016 10:59 pm

Below are links to 2 web articles about writing that some of you may find useful; both include lots of resources to help writers:

The 34 Best Tools for Improving Your Writing Skills

Grammar Police: 30 of the Most Common Grammatical Errors We All Need to Stop Making

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PostSubject: Re: Online Tools for Writing   Online Tools for Writing Icon_minitimeMon Dec 05, 2016 2:46 pm

Thanks for the tips, Ghislaine!  Some very good information.  

Since we are on the subject of grammar, I have a question for all of you, or if not a question, then an observation.

In school, I learned that subject/verb agreement demanded that plural nouns go with the plural form of a verb and singular nouns go with singular forms of verbs.  In American English nouns such as, committee, group, staff, gang, would be considered singular nouns, since there is only ONE committee, group, staff, gang, etc.  But in UK English, (if my understanding is correct) the opposite is true.  Since there is more than one PERSON in a committee, group, staff, gang, etc, the noun is considered plural and therefore needs a plural verb to go with it.

Here's my observation.  I have noticed that here in the U.S., in newspaper articles, on television news, radio news, etc, there seems to be a trend toward the UK style of writing/speaking.  

My question is, (to anyone who lives on the cutting edge of newly emerging Grammar trends) when did the U.S. change?  Or, DID the U.S. change?  Or, are all the journalists I see on T.V. and hear on the radio, as well as those who write for newspapers just plain WRONG?

Would love to know if I am the only person who has observed this. bottle

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PostSubject: Re: Online Tools for Writing   Online Tools for Writing Icon_minitimeFri May 25, 2018 5:02 am

The online writing tool that's on the syllabus of every writing teacher I know is the Purdue OWL -- Online Writing Lab. Some of it's about MLA and APA formatting and things that aren't relevant for fiction writing, but there's lots on grammar and style.

And there is no shame in using Grammarly, as long as you realize that it's an algorithm and that if its advice doesn't feel right, follow your instincts.

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