Peck's English Pointers
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- Pronouns: Form is everything
- The how-tos of "who" and "whom"
- Adjective/adverb aptitude
- The elusive dangling modifier
- Excuse me, have you misplaced your modifier?
- Dubious agreement
- More dubious agreement
- The grammar of numbers
- Hypothetically speaking: The subjunctive
- Grammar myths
Punctuation and mechanics
- Commas that count: Necessary commas
- Commas that clutter: Unnecessary commas
- Pointing the way: Colons and semicolons
- Hyphens and dashes—The long and the short of it
- Coping with quotation marks
- Comashes and interro-what’s‽: Digressions in punctuation
- Closing in and trailing off: Further digressions in punctuation
- Getting to the point with bullets
- The ups and downs of capitalization
- Punctuation myths
- "That" and "which": Which is which?
- Evolving usage: Deplorable to acceptable
- Words on the street
- Other words on the street
- Gender-neutral writing: The pronoun problem
- Gender-neutral writing: Questions of usage
- Usage myths
- To be or not to be: Maintaining sentence unity
- Pronoun management 101
- Parallelism: writing with repetition and rhythm
- Controlling emphasis: Coordination and subordination
- Some secrets of syntax
- More secrets of syntax
- Passive voice: Forever bad?
- Putting it plainly
- Putting it (even more) plainly
- Boost your eQ
- Style myths
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- English then and now
- Questions from the inbox
- More questions from the inbox
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About Peck’s English Pointers
Peck’s English Pointers is a collection of articles and practice quizzes on the English language. The articles take a light-hearted but in-depth look at some of the common errors and difficulties that can pose problems for people writing in English.
This tool is available in English only.
About the author
Frances Peck is a Vancouver-based editor and writer who has been educating and entertaining language buffs since 2010 with Peck’s English Pointers. In her lively articles and quizzes on the English language, she examines and explains points of grammar, punctuation, usage and clarity.
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