Grammar Demons, Take That (Part 1)

10 Hyphenation Tips infographic from grammar.net.

Last week, I was talking to a friend’s kid about writing. I found this middle schooler very interested in creative writing, but frustrated by some comments by her teachers. Apparently she has great ideas and good writing skills, but, (yes there’s always a ‘but’) her grammar needs some work.

I sort of identified with her immediately. Although her grammar issues are not the ones I struggled with and still do from time to time, it still highlights the fact that grammar sometimes comes in the way of writing. Things do get better with time and practice, of course. So, my advice to her was to identify her common mistakes, be wary of them when writing and always fact-check when in doubt–things that I try to do myself.

I promised to dig up some fun infographics for the kid to help her fight her grammar demons, and in the process stumbled across some that looked good for my own reference also. Wanted to share a few here.

First up is hyphenation. I still often forget to add hyphens to whatever-year-old, UGH! And I am always, always confused with writing out the fractions. Google, and the interwebs in general, is my best friend when I  am editing a page full of possibly hyphen-able candidates.

What about you? Do you have any particular grammar demons? Any tricks you might have used to subdue them that you want to share? Or, if you have come across a fun infographic that highlights common grammar challenges, please feel free to add them in the comments. Would love to hear from fellow crusaders.

S.G. Basu is an aspiring potentate of a galaxy or two. She plots and plans with wondrous machines, cybernetic robots, time travelers and telekinetic adventurers, some of whom escape into the pages of her books. Once upon a previous life on planet Earth, S.G. Basu trained to be an engineer, and her interest in science and her love of engineering shows up time and again in her books.

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