New Writing Guide

Announcing the new English Rules Writing Guide!

It’s just a wee little project I decided to put together after looking at my site’s referral log and realizing that most of the people who visit English Rules are probably going away empty handed. A lot of people are looking for help with English “grammer,” so that’s what I’m going to give them.

I only have a few entries in there so far, but I’m hoping to build it up without losing too much more sleep. What I really hope is that people who visit will fill out the form to Ask the English Master. (I’m not a real English master; I just have a master’s degree in English.) If any of you want to play “stump the chump,” feel free to put in a question of your own.

Also, I’m looking for a volunteer to help me out with it a bit, maybe by posting an entry or two every once in a while. If you’re a grammar geek and think this might be fun, let me know, and we can chat about setting you up with an author account on this thing.

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10 Responses to New Writing Guide

  1. Dad says:

    I am impressed that after 24 hours none of your correspondents expresses a need for help in English grammar. What a bunch of smart people!!
    Well, I can always use some help, especially at these prices, and especially if you include punctuation in the broad definition of “grammar”. Give me a treatise on how to handle the possessive of proper and common nouns which end in ‘s’. Sometimes, just an apostrophe seems right, but sometimes ” ‘s ” seems right.

  2. Thanks for the question, Dad. Not all style guides agree on this one, but I’ll try to address the thorny issue of possession in an upcoming Writing Guide entry.

  3. Mrs. Tutor says:

    Would you please explain the which/that rule, and while you’re at it, can you make me understand the shall/will rule? Thanks for your help.

  4. Mrs. Tutor, I will gladly explain the which/that rule on the English Rules Writing Guide. I have a few others I need to get to first, but I should have something up within a few days.

  5. husaini mohd. says:

    I’m English student,so I want to guide me some rule and regulation of this language,in-order to get more experience or to be competant,when I communicate with it.
    Thank you.

  6. zeinu dico says:

    I am new comers to canada then i need lots of help about engilsh grammer because of when was started a job i can’t speak
    english

  7. how much time is required to get grammer proficiency minimum and maximum for an average student

  8. Akber, there are too many variables for me to determine how look long it would take an “average student” to acquire grammar proficiency. I’m not even sure what you would consider an “average” student. How motivated is this student? What age? How much English study has the student had in the past? How many other languages does the student know? If you’re interested in learning English as a foreign languages, there are many websites that provide help or point to offline resources. I’ve listed a couple of them on my Writing Guide. Best wishes.

  9. Aunt Ginny says:

    ‘Read this phrase….to determine how look it would take an “average student”…’ S/b how LONG it took?
    with love from your proofreading auntie who usually is the one goofin’ up!

  10. Karl says:

    Oops! Thanks for the correction. I’ll fix it in the comment.

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