Top 10 Grammar Websites for Bloggers, Writers and Content Creators

Top 10 Grammar Websites for Writers and BloggersContent marketing involves lots of writing: blogs, e-books, white papers, short-form writing on the social channels, newsletters and much more. Most content creators don’t have the luxury of an in-house editor or the capital to shoot a completed piece to an e-lance editor for review. So they turn to books, websites and blogs that cover writing style and grammar. It’s all the rage these days as Forbes, Why Grammar Counts At Work, The Wall Street Journal, This Embarrasses You and I* and other media can attest. Our own Top 10 Legal Writing Blogs quickly became one of our more popular posts this year.

When you go hunting online for grammar and style guides, check out these very helpful, free websites and blogs:

1. Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing – This award winning site offers tips and grammar exercises to help you learn and remember all the grammar rules on punctuation, word choice, and more. If you prefer to listen to the weekly tips, subscribe to the podcast.

2. Grammarly – Copy and paste your post or article into Grammarly for an automated proofread. It reviews and improves your text, correcting grammar, spelling, word choice and style mistakes. It also helps you check for plagiarism by comparing your texts against over 8 billion documents. There’s also a paid version for around $20/month which gives you details on the problems the program discovers and fixes them.

See also, GrammarBase, a free “copy & paste” site that checks for grammar, punctuation, style, plagiarism and contextual spelling.

3. Thesaurus.com – Not sure of the meaning of a particular word? Or, looking for synonyms? Go to dictionary.com, look up the word, and click on the Thesaurus tab.

4. Daily Writing Tips – One of my favorite writing sites, Daily Writing Tips, does just that: it delivers a daily grammar, spelling, punctuation or vocabulary tip to your inbox or RSS reader.

5. GrammarBook.com – Created by inspirational author, Jane Straus, who wrote The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation, this site covers grammar and punctuation rules.

6. The Elements of Style, by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White – This is the original work of the classic, Strunk and White’s style manual on how to write clear, correct English.

7. Grammarphobia – Written by Patricia T. O’Conner and Stewart Kellerman, authors of five books about the English language and more than half a century of experience as writers and editors, this blog offers frequently published posts on grammar, etymology, usage, and more.

8. Common Errors in English Usage – Authored by Washington State University’s Paul Brians, this site goes into detail about, well, common erros in english, and proper usage. Other university grammar sites include: Guide to Grammar and Style, Grammar Handbook, and Modern English Grammar.

9. English Grammar – Get free daily English grammar lessons and exercises delivered to your inbox. Topics and categories include prepositions, punctuation, business writing, exercises and style guide.

10. Guide to Grammar and Writing – Sections to choose from include Word & Sentence Level, Essay & Research Paper Level, Ask Grammar, Quizzes, Search Devices, and Peripherals & PowerPoints.

Many of these sites, of course, offer the same advice, but formats, design, and delivery vary, so choose a couple that suit your needs and aesthetic, and bookmark or subscribe to them.

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15 Responses to “Top 10 Grammar Websites for Bloggers, Writers and Content Creators”

  1. Gary

    Thanks for the list. Which 2 do you recommend?

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    • Tim Baran

      I subscribe to Daily Writing Tips and visit Dictionary.com/Thesaurus.com and Grammar Girl frequently. Also have the latest, hard copy edition of Strunk & White.

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  2. Gary

    Thanks.

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  3. hannahjs

    It’s a small thing, but all this is all about small things, so — please correct “Strunk’s Element of Style” above to “Strunk’s Elements of Style”.

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    • Tim Baran

      I replaced the entire citation. Thanks for the heads up.

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      • Friend

        Tim, the book that’s free is the out-of-copyright original by Strunk only–not also by White, his student.

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    […] better to start by knowing the rules before you begin to break them. Here’s a list of blogs and websites devoted to grammar. The definitive style manual for writers is The Elements of Style, by Strunk and […]

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  5. Annita M.

    The reason there are so many websites is because there is much to be desired from any one source. And some sources give unclear and sometimes inaccurate information, I suppose, in part because there is some debate about what is a rule, convention, myth or simply a debatable preference. Daily Writing Tips is a great site because there is a wealth of information presented in a manner that is digestible. I also added The Grammar Book for Creators to my collection mostly because it gives really clear explanations where others do not and covers some things like subjunctive in great detail.

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  6. Andrew

    Have you had a chance to try Power Thesaurus (http://powerthesaurus.org)?

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  7. Dashmeet

    Linguistically there are two techniques for improving your lexical strength (vocabulary) :

    Active learning and Passive learning

    1. Passive learning: New words are acquired subconsciously, while doing some daily life stuff, like reading a newspaper.

    Vocabulary is an abstract skill due to reasons like reading habits, family background, schooling, culture etc. The conventional methods are very generic and are made of masses. They do not allow personalized learning to an individual’s current vocabulary.

    2. Active learning: Active learning methodology has become a preferred way to change the traditional teacher oriented classroom into the newer student oriented approach to learning. In active learning, acquisition of new words is done with conscious and great efforts.

    Usually active vocabulary building is quite rigorous and boring due to its monotonous nature.

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    Various levels to be achieved as you progress in learning and the distinctive feature is that you can invite your mentor to look up your activities on the website.

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  8. dashmeet

    Reading is good “Passive” way of improving vocabulary, but when you are resorting to making lists, that is “Active” method. Problem with active method of learning words is that it is cumbersome and boring, and you doing retain and unless you use it in writing sentences to apply the word, very little chance is that you increase your lexical size.

    Improve Your Vocabulary – VocabMonk is an active learning tool which is personalized and makes sure you grasp the learnt words by applying it. It is lot of fun too as you can play vocab challenges with your friends.

    Give it a shot!

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  9. David Fleeter

    Good list, but if you’re not great with English Grammar, you should check out this English Grammar Map website for learning English Grammar: http://englishgrammarmap.com/

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  10. Helen Smith

    Wow! Such a wonderful and helpful tool list. I will definitely use your mentioned tool. Now-a-days online tool is playing a very crucial role in our life. With the help of this tool we easily remove our mistake. A Few months ago, I got a website called GRAMMAR CHECK FOR SENTENCE. It is a wonderful site. I improved both my knowledge and writing skill with the help of this checker.

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  11. Pat

    Here’s another useful grammar resource, with great explanations
    http://linguapress.com/grammar/

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  12. Meenu Mongia

    List is good.Helps in finding a number of links .Have you checked out English grammar app “nounshoun” yet?
    It helps anyone learning the English language to identify the Parts of Speech (Noun, Verb, Adjective etc) in a sentence.
    Here is the link: http://www.nounshoun.com/
    This app is available on both App Store and Google Play Store. Do checkout. It’s FREE!

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