Learn To Communicate Clearly With These Punctuation & Grammar Guides


By: Drew McManus

In: Catch All

In an age of twitter lingo, texting, and autospell it can become all too easy to let your grammar and punctuation chops get rusty; fortunately, we have a few guides you can keep handy that will help you stay sharp.

The Punctuation Guide

Punctuation Guide

This enormously useful guide (h/t LifeHacker.com) is stupid simple to use, all you need to do is click on a punctuation mark and learn all about it alongside a quick list of example uses.

Bonus content includes a list of Top 10 Punctuation Tips and resources for heavy-duty style guides (we recommend The Chicago Manual of Style).

The Oatmeal Grammar Guides

Grammar Guides

Technically, these are a mix of grammar and punctuation guides, but we won’t quibble over it. If you aren’t already familiar with Matthew Inman’s TheOatmeal.com, brace yourself for a quantum singularity strength time suck that you won’t regret for a single moment. You’ll never have a better time missing deadlines and getting an official warning letter in your HR file (seriously though, missing deadlines is bad so don’t do it).

If you’re more of a visual learner, this is the way to go; some of the most useful in the mix include How to use a semicolon; the most feared punctuation on earth, When to use i.e. in a sentence, and How and why to use whom in a sentence.

Although it has nothing to do with grammar or punctuation, Inman’s How A Web Design Goes Straight To Hell should be mandatory reading for any arts organization considering a website redesign.

Drew McManus
Drew McManus
In addition to my consulting business, I'm also the Principal of Venture Industries Online but don’t let that title fool you into thinking I'm just a tech geek. I bring 20+ years of global broad-based arts consulting experience to the table to help clients break the cycle of choosing one-size-fits-none solutions and instead, deliver options allowing them to get ahead of the tech curve instead of trying to catch up by going slower. With the vision of legacy support strategy and the delights of creative insights, my mission is to deliver a sophisticated next generation technology designed especially for the field of performing arts. The first step in that journey began in 2010 when The Venture Platform was released, a purpose-designed managed website development solution designed especially for arts organizations and artists. For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, lead a team of intrepid arts pros to hack the arts, lead an arts business incubator, and love a good coffee drink.
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