Grammar is the way in which words are put together to form proper sentences. Do you want a quick answer to a specific point, such as whether it's wrong to split an infinitive or to end a sentence with a preposition such as on? If so, go straight to our quick-reference grammar tips section.
If you want more detailed advice on, for example, types of pronouns or how to build well-formed sentences, browse through the headings below and explore the different sections:
From commas to semicolons, via question marks and bullet points, punctuation is a vital part of writing. But why do we need it, and how should it be used?
Spelling matters. Whether you’re trying to avoid common misspellings or uncertain how to form adverbs, this section will help you become a spelling expert.
Affect or effect? Complement or compliment? Imply or infer? Its or it’s? This section will help you avoid the most common mistakes in language usage.
Do you know how many parts of speech there are in English, and how to use all of them? Find out with our guide to English word classes.
This section gives guidelines on writing in everyday situations, from applying for a job to composing letters of complaint or making an insurance claim.
Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
How did the orangutan get its name? What about the aardvark or the squirrel? We delve into the jungle of animal etymologies.
Are you looking for a word for a foolish person? We explore twelve interesting words to describe the dunderheads in your life.
Before you run for the hills, let’s run through a list of ‘run’ expressions that are running through our minds.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.