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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.

10 grammar rules that really aren't rules

Grammar is full of rules, and those who know them sometimes like to call out those who don’t. But some oft-stated rules are really just myths, as grammar blogger Mignon Fogarty writes at Mental Floss.

5 exceptions to the grammar rules

Once you’ve learned all the basic rules of English grammar, you’ll find there are almost as many exceptions. Grammarly Director of Communications Allison VanNest explains some words that act in ways you might not expect.

We'll give you 60 seconds to spot these 9 writing errors

At one point during his webinar on proofreading and editing, Fred asked attendees to quickly read nine sentences to see if they could pin down what was wrong with them. Surely you can spot all the errors, right? Let's find out.

Do you use poor word choices?

Using incorrect terms or made-up words can make your speech and writing sound ridiculous and unprofessional. Grammarly’s Allison VanNest reviews several common errors to avoid in your communications.

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.”