Website Review: Two Grammar Sites


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Website Review:

Two Grammar Sites

By

Connie Cockrell

Copyright © 2014, Connie Cockrell, All Rights Reserved

 

I get stuck sometimes, while writing and especially while editing. It may be a question of using the right tense. It may be a question of the right word to use. English grammar can be tricky and as authors, we want, no, need to use it correctly. Even when we misuse it, say, to show a socio-economic status or lack of education, we need to know what's correct.

 

I've been using a couple of different grammar sites. Not only doesn't every site cover everything, but the sites explain the same thing in different ways. If I don't understand, I can flip over to the other site and get an explanation that may make more sense to me. My two favorite sites are The English Grammar Revolution and The English Page.

The English Grammar Revolution, http://www.english-grammar-revolution.com/,

was founded by Elizabeth O'Brien. It is set up as a site for teachers but I love the easy to understand explanations she uses for every grammar function. This would be a great site to go to if your kids, nieces, nephews or grandkids are struggling with a concept.

Using it is easy. You can search for what you're looking for in a tab menu at the top of the page underneath a 1 minute welcome video by Elizabeth. Alternatively, scroll down the page and you'll find a search box. For example, if you click on the Words tab you get a drop down box with three options: Parts of Speech, Word Lists, Verb Tenses.

Clicking on the Verb Tenses item, we are moved to a page explaining what a tense is and then defining all of the various types of tenses.

But if you already know what you need to find out, for example, what a Progressive Tense is, you can type it into the search box and land on a page with several possibilities. You can choose the link that's the best fit for what you're looking for and click on it. I clicked on the link for Past Progressive Verbs and came to a page with detailed explanations for it.

There are also sentence diagramming lessons, grammar quizzes and games, and a miscellaneous rules page with a lot of helpful information. See discussions about passive vs. active voice, word usage on who vs. whom and even capitalization rules, among other things.

Overall, it's an easy to use and understand site.

 

The second site I use is http://www.englishpage.com/index.html. This site has the menu along the left hand side of the page. Set up as a site for non-English speakers to learn English, it has a number of great features.

The menu lists parts of speech to search on such as Articles, Modals, and the like. Clicking on Modals, for example, takes you to a page that gives the reader a tutorial or tutorials on modals. At the bottom of the list of tutorials, is a definition of modal verbs. Read the definition then start the tutorials.

I like using the exercises because I get a very good understanding of the concept and a chance to use it via gap fill exercises.

Navigation around the site is similar to navigation on the Forward Motion site. In a yellow menu bar at the top of the page, you can see the path you've taken from the English Page home page to where you are within the site. When you've finished with a page, you can click on the previous links or go directly back to the home page.

Other goodies on the page are mini-tutorials, Games, Forums for students, weekly lessons and vocabulary lists among other things.

So if you need a quick refresher on an aspect of the English language either of these sites will help. Happy writing!

Links Used in this article:

http://www.english-grammar-revolution.com/

http://www.englishpage.com/index.html