Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

What is the best way to improve your Grammar and improve your writing style?
What would be the best online resource to improve my grammar?

I maintain a blog of my own, and I have reasonably good spoken English, but it seems that I make a lot of grammatical mistakes, which are annoying to the readers; it also seems that I write unusually long sentences, and I can do a better job at breaking them.

Does reading older literature help in improving style?

share|improve this question
    
Not worth posting an answer for, but as you become more fluent in English, proper grammar becomes more obvious. Run on sentences, sentence fragments, and other grammar issues are still a problem for fluent speakers and are generally overlooked in informal communications. The ones that annoy people are usually due to a lack of fluency causing you to say things in a way a fluent speaker would not, despite the meaning still being clear. –  Brett Allen Sep 9 '11 at 7:31
    
Yeah in spoken English you can ignore these trivia as long as you can speak well. In written communication specially a blog these become more important. What are the popular places you read to improve grammar ? –  Geek Sep 9 '11 at 8:02
add comment

closed as not constructive by F'x, kiamlaluno, Matt Эллен, Thursagen, Alenanno Sep 9 '11 at 9:33

As it currently stands, this question is not a good fit for our Q&A format. We expect answers to be supported by facts, references, or expertise, but this question will likely solicit debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion. If you feel that this question can be improved and possibly reopened, visit the help center for guidance.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

1 Answer

I would say reading is the best way to improve your writing. Language has a lot to do with mimicry. It's about repeated exposure to all the phrases and vocabulary people use. We naturally pick up on the expressions of others and accommodate (sociolinguistics term) to match their style. So if you want to write better blogs, read the blogs of authors whose style you admire. Read newspapers and magazines. Read books on the subjects you write about. Reading old books will only help if that is the style you are going for. Language changes over time, there is no absolute right or wrong way to write, at least not for English.

If you do want to be anal about your grammar and punctuation you could always read up on something like Strunk and White's Elements of Style: http://www.amazon.com/Elements-Style-Fourth-William-Strunk/dp/020530902X. It's quite old and pretty crazy from what I hear, but some people swear by it. There are other prescriptive grammar resources out there I'm sure.

If there are certain silly mistakes you keep accidentally making maybe there are some language games out there that could cure you of your bad habits.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.