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Grammar Repair Shop answers all your questions on grammar, punctuation and usage with examples of what's right and what's wrong.

How first and third work well together

Can you switch between first (I or we) and third person (he, she or they) in the same paragraph? Writing coach Lynn Gaertner-Johnston says you can, as long as you allow clarity to be your guide.

8 tips to strengthen your writing

With so much written content available, it’s even more important to write well so you can communicate effectively, says MarketingProfs Chief Content Officer Ann Handley.

When is it OK to break grammar rules?

Getting your words right makes a good impression, but part of knowing the rules means knowing when it’s OK to break them. Lin­­guist Steven Pinker, writing in The Guardian, offers eight grammar rules that you can bend once in a while.

Avoid these Weird Al 'word crimes'

Weird Al Yankovic made grammar funny with his “Word Crimes” parody of Robin Thicke’s hit song “Blurred Lines” and its accompanying video this summer. Weird Al brought up some good grammar points that are important for everyone to remember, says News to Live By Managing Editor Danny Rubin.

10 common grammar mistakes to avoid

Most grammar mistakes can be avoided if you have the discipline to re-read your work before printing, submitting or pressing send, so put these reminders from experienced copywriter Hayley Mullen to use next time you sit down to put your thoughts in writing.

Banish unnecessary prepositions

Many writers develop their own quirks and styles over time, and it’s possible to identify their writing just by the words and phrases they use. One common style quirk is using prepositions too much, especially the word “of,” says Grammar Girl blogger Mignon Fogarty. “Overusing it can make your writing sound passive and fussy.”

Quiz: Do you misuse these phrases?

Many misused words and phrases have be­­come so common they're now in­­cluded in some dictionaries, but they once had correct usages. Here's a list of phrases you might be saying wrong.

What exactly does 'diversity' refer to?

Bloggers and English language experts Patricia O’Conner and Stewart Kellerman checked with eight standard dictionaries and found no restriction on the usage of “diversity” beyond race or gender.

Write it right

You have only one chance to make a great first impression, especially when that first impression is probably an email or a document. Here are the top three online subscription-based grammar services, according to the 2014 Best On­­­line Grammar Checker Reviews and Comparisons.

Follow 3 rules for quotation marks

Quotation marks are an important part of your writing, but are you using them correctly with other punctuation? There are some potentially confusing rules, but you need to get them right to make sure people understand what you’re saying.