Here you will find the secret to improving your writing: practice, practice, practice! Grammar Jam brings you lots of it, with a review of the "top ten" grammar errors, computer-graded quizzes, self-tests from online writing labs (called OWLs), and much more.
To get the most out of your Grammar Jam sessions, search for exercises that target your personal error patterns-that is, those darned mistakes you tend to make over and over. Remember: one comma splice error, made five times, is five errors to anyone reading your work! Ouch. Why not keep track of your quiz results, so you can impress your instructor with your progress? Have fun practicing.
10 Most Common Grammar Errors-and How to Avoid Them
Do you make any of these common grammar errors? Test yourself and find out.
Computer-Scored ACE Tests
These practice quizzes give you immediate feedback. Each test is listed by Grassroots' chapter number and by subject.
Chapter 6 Subjects and Verbs
Chapter 7 Avoiding Sentence Fragments
Chapter 8 Present Tense (Agreement)
Chapter 9 Past Tense
Chapter 10 The Past Participle in Action
Chapter 11 Progressive Tenses (TO BE + -ING Verb Form)
Chapter 12 Fixed-Form Helping Verbs and Verb Problems
Chapter 15 Avoiding Run-Ons and Comma Splices
Chapter 16 Semicolons
Chapter 16 Conjunctive Adverbs
Chapter 17 Relative Pronouns
Chapter 18 -ING Modifiers
Chapter 19 Nouns
Chapter 20 Pronouns
Chapter 22 Prepositions
Chapter 23 Consistent Tense
Chapter 24 Consistent Person
Chapter 25 Parallelism
Chapter 27 Commas
Chapter 26 Capitalization
Chapter 28 Apostrophes
Chapter 29 Direct and Indirect Quotations
Chapter 31 Spelling
Chapter 32 Look-Alikes/Sound-Alikes Online Grammar Quizzes, Exercises, and Games
If you need extra grammar help, many college OWLs and other sites offer Internet-graded quizzes, practice exercises, and review. Explore these interesting sites and bookmark your favorites. Happy practicing!
Guide to Grammar and Writing: topnotch grammar and writing exercises
Purdue University's OWL: list of grammar and spelling lessons; scroll to end of each choice for quizzes with answers
EnglishWorks: grammar quizzes listed by subject
Grammar Bytes: enjoyable site with simple grammar definitions, rules, and quizzes
Many graded self-tests useful to all students, not just ESL
Big Dog's Grammar: bare-bones English guide with interactive grammar tests
Helps you make a personal error chart-and get more from your practice and proofreading
Online dictionaries and thesauruses: find meanings, spellings, or synonyms
For help and practice geared to ESL problems, click this link.