Online Writing and Grammar Guides for Syntax with Style: Boost Your English IQ, Refresh Your Skills, Get Help with Problems, Perfect Your Punctuation, or Just Keep Track of Language

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Carolyn Sosnowski, the regular author of this column, is on extended leave. For the next few issues, I'll be her humble replacement, working diligently to bring you the depth and breadth of information to which you have become accustomed.

Since I'm a writer/editor type--and since every info pro I know has to do at least some writing--this first effort features a few of my favorite Web sites for grammar, spelling, style, and writing.

And by the way: If you have any favorite sites you'd like to share with our readers, please e-mail the URL and your comments to

Guide to Grammar and Style

Jack Lynch, who toils in the English department at the Newark, New Jersey, campus of Rutgers University, has created an extensive Web companion to his recently updated book The English Language: A User's Guide (Focus Publishing/R. Pullins Company. January 5, 2008). Like the print version, Lynch arranged the Web site alphabetically. It runs from "A or An" to "-wise," as in "timewise." (His advice for this construction: Use something else.) The index isn't easy to use; it's a straight list of about 300 items that took 24 scroll-bar clicks on my PC to get through. But it's worth the trouble. Fans will probably want to purchase the more-detailed book.

The 11 Rules of Writing

Which is correct?

* "The cart, as well as its contents, were gone."


* "The cart, as well as its contents, was gone."

The rule to follow is, "Make the subject and verb agree with each other, not with a word that comes between them." Using simple pairs of examples, New Jersey tutor Robert A Giaquinta presents his 11 rules of writing for scribes of all ages. The site includes references to specific texts, including the classic handbook, The Elements of Style, plus a list of common questions--and their answers. …