Anyone explain the basics of english grammar, punctuation and general writing of english?
English is a hard language to learn, and very difficult to write. The best and only way to get better at writing is to practice, practice, practice. But you need to practice correctly.There really isn’t a quick course on the basics of English grammar. If you are struggling with writing, you need to take a course or seek a tutor. There are also several books you can get that explain many of the key rules of writing, some of them very small and concise, while others, like the Chicago Manual of Style, are intimidating tomes. Get a book that makes sense to you, which isn’t filled with a lot of technical jargon and small enough to hold in one hand without straining your wrist.But the real secret to getting better at writing is to read a lot. Many people don’t like reading—they prefer other activities, or just like watching the tube. But if you want to get better at anything, no matter what it is (skiing, fishing, driving), you watch and learn from an expert before doing it yourself. So find something you like to read. Anything published will do the trick. I prefer to read fiction, but a lot of people love history books, biographies, science journals, or the dummy books. It doesn’t matter what you read, as long as you do it. You will learn how to write without a teacher crossing our your bad sentences and making you feel like a monkey.Then get down and write. Write anything. Write about your day, or a conversation you heard while you were at Starbucks. Then read it aloud to see if it makes any sense.One of my favorite English reference books is : A Writers Reference by Diana Hacker.http://www.amazon.com/Writers-Reference-2003-MLA-Update/dp/0312412622/ref=pd_bbs_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1198189512&sr=8-2
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