Grammar and I had a love-hate relationship in high school. I wanted to write around and have fun; Grammar wanted me to take things seriously. After college, we parted ways when I got a job that provided me with a professional fixer-upper secretary to pretty up my letters, reports, fines, and legal speak. Now, after many years, I've retired and low and behold Grammar and I are once again in a serious relationship, but it is rocky at times. I want to please Grammar, I really do, but sometimes I also just want to have fun; dangle a participle or split an infinitive. You know what I mean? But since this makes Grammar upset, and I want to keep Grammar happy, I got professional help.
So who helps me in my every day Grammar squabbles? For the little tasks, I rely on Grammarly, a popular proofreading software program to catch spelling and grammar mistakes in my blogs, emails, and social media posts. For the larger projects, I go to a professional who is trained and certified in copy editing.
Here are just a few tips to help with some common grammar questions:
I remember being taught to use two spaces after a period - is this still correct?
Grammar rules can be confusing and sometimes feel like a barrier. But if you familiarize yourself with them, they can actually be a close ally in getting your work published and admired.