Don’t Use Adverbs and Adjectives to Prettify Your Prose

Writer’s Digest

Get rid of those unnecessary -ly adverbs! “His attitude filled the room with condescension.” not “He said condescendingly.” Much stronger prose.


Misplaced Modifiers

Grammar Girl

Those sneaky and elusive misplaced, dangling, and squinting modifiers can turn your elegant prose into a hilariously embarrassing mistake. Learn how to weed those suckers out. Or you could just shoot them: “One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas I’ll never know.” (Groucho Marx)


Fanfare for the Comma Man

The New York Times

A great analysis on how the comma has changed over time, as well as current correct usage.


The Pleasures and Perils of the Passive

The New York Times

A discussion of the passive voice with author Constance Hale.


7 Commonly Corrected Grammar Errors (That Aren’t Mistakes)


While I don’t necessarily agree with all of the points, I do like how it broaches the topic of how language shifts over time, so old “rules” don’t always apply today. Take that, Strunk & White.

(Note: Strong language advisory.)