A Complete Guide to Grammar & Writing

Since the beginning of mankind, people have been communicating information from one person to another. Over the course of time writing has been the most practical way for people to communicate. Since the time of the caveman, writing has been used to express emotions, feelings, desires and needs, and it continues today. Writing fosters our ability to explain everything and anything, and because of this it is an important piece of everyday life. We practice our writing skills to improve the clarity and order of which our words are presented and how they are understood. Without proper writing skills, we are unable to function smoothly throughout everyday life, including at school and work. At the rate in which this world is growing and advancing with the emergence of e-mail and text messaging, attaining proficient writing skills will become a necessity rather than an option. Just like a school lesson in grammar, this article will discuss the basic principles of correct grammar to improve writing skills.

Grammar

Before we can understand the grammatical structures of writing, we must first understand what grammar is, how it is used, and its purpose. In its simplest form, grammar can be defined as the structured elements that make up words, sentences and phrases used in any given language. These "rules" come in many common forms, such as commas, periods, quotation marks, exclamation marks, etc., and are considered to be the elements of grammar. It is important to know that each language has its own set of grammatical rules, and every rule is imperative in understanding the flow of a language. 

A frequent grammatical mistake that is commonly used is known as a contraction. This is the simple case in which we take a word, word group, or syllable, and shorten it. In other cases, grammatical errors can occur when the proper form of a word isn’t used in a particular sentence. Examples of these would be “affect” vs. “effect”, or “their” vs. “there”. Understanding how to use verbs and nouns effectively is another way to boost grammatical knowledge.

Rules of grammar vary from one language to another but consistently require an understanding of the various major word classes. These classes are verbs, adverbs, adjectives, proposition, conjunctions, nouns, and determiners and are used in sentences. All sentences should include both a subject and a predicate in order to be considered complete.

The Writer's Handbook - This page provides a solid introduction of how to use grammar and punctuation when writing.

English Writing Guide - Discusses how to avoid common grammatical mistakes

The Elements of English Grammar - Provides detailed information about the elements of grammar.

Handbook for Technical Writers and Editors - Discusses the proper ways to use grammar, punctuation and capitalization.

Tips on Grammar and Punctuation - Provides suggestions about grammar and punctuation style from commas and semicolons, to dashes and hyphens.

Grammar Review - Provides an in depth grammar review covering areas from pronouns to properly including lists.

Guide to Grammar and Style - Provides a detailed guide to grammar and style explaining when to use A or An, acronyms, action verbs and much more.

Language Skills Handbook - In depth discussion of the basic grammar and usage rules.

Improving Grammar and Punctuation - A lengthy links page with resources covering a large variety of grammar help pages.

Grammar Tips - Knowing when to use certain words and when to use others, as well as a few other grammar tips are covered on this page.

Writing

The beauty about communicating through writing is the simple fact that you can do it in many different ways. Common styles of writing include, but are not limited to narrative, expository and persuasive. Narrative writing generally tells a personal or fictional story based on either a real or imaginary event. In this case, most children’s books and novels would fall into this category.Expository writing is typically used to explain something that is hard to understand. Persuasive writing is most commonly used to try and persuade you audience to accept a certain point of view of the topic.

All of these styles can be used to compose different pieces of writing, from poetry to a technical manual.

Many forms of writing fall under the category of creative writing, such as fiction, poetry, or non-fiction. As long as it falls outside the boundaries of academic and technical forms of writing, it will be considered creative writing.

Technical writing is a style of writing that is used by individuals writing about fields such as computer hardware and software, engineering, finance, chemistry, and much more. Usually the individuals writing about the subject are well versed in the finer points of the subject matter and are able to communicate the information they have gathered from personal knowledge as well as existing writings and documentation to a non-technical audience as well as a technical one. Legal writing is considered a type of technical writing used to express rights, duties, and legal analysis.

Creative Writing High School Webquest - This link provides quality information about what creative writing is and what it entails.

Writing About Poetry - Provides a detailed explanation of what poetry is.

Introduction to Business Writing - Discusses what business writing is, as well as how to prepare, research, organize, draft and revise a business/technical writing document.

Playwriting - Gives a solid introduction to what playwriting is.

An Introduction to Legal Writing - Explains, in depth, what legal writing is, and how to compose a quality legal document.

Understanding How to Write a Business Letter - Provides great detail about letter writing and its basic structure.

Research and Writing Provides in depth explanations about writing style and technique.

Pre-Writing - Gives detailed explanations about pre-writing techniques including freewriting and brainstorming.

Descriptive Writing - Provides information on how to improve descriptive writing using a powerpoint presentation.

Teaching Writing Strategies - Discusses effective strategies to improve writing for adolescents.

Four Types of Writing Styles - Discusses various types of writing styles. The types covered are mythic, phenomenological, theoretical, and scientific.

Notes on Writing - Provides writing tips to become a better writer.

Analytical Writing - Provides various writing style techniques.

Scientific Writing - Provides guidelines on style for scientific writing.

 

Publicado el 03/05/2011