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English grammar quizzes, tests, and exercises

BBC Quiznet Archive
bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/quizzes/quiznet/quiznet_archive.shtml
Downloadable vocabulary and grammar quizzes from the Beeb.

Grammar Monster
www.grammar-monster.com
A fun collection of all the tricky points of grammar, including tests and exercises.

Interactive Quizzes from Charles Darling’s Guide to Grammar and Writing
grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quiz_list.htm
An excellent set of often challenging quizzes which you answer online.

Perfect English Grammar
www.perfect-english-grammar.com/grammar-exercises.html

Specialist writing guides

Academic: A Guide to Writing for College by Veritas Prep
www.veritasprep.com/a-guide-to-writing-for-college-by-veritas-prep/
A useful list of resources for students wanting to produce high-quality papers.

Blogging: Writing Better Blog Posts
https://blogging.com/blog/how-to-write-good-blog-post/
Detailed guide to blogging written for blogging.com by a professional blogger.

Words we commonly misspell, spelling guides

A Study of Some of the Most Commonly Misspelled Words
www.barnsdle.demon.co.uk/spell/error.html
A well-researched and revealing study by Cornell Kimball of the words that are most commonly msspelled. And the winner is…minuscule.

The Free Dictionary Spelling Center
www.spellingcenter.com

Wikipedia: List of common misspellings in English
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_common_misspellings_in_English

yourDictionary.com 100 most often misspelled words
grammar.yourdictionary.com/spelling-and-word-lists/misspelled.html

English grammar and style guides

Charles Darling’s Guide to Grammar and Writing
grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/

Common Errors in English
https://brians.wsu.edu/common-errors/
A very popular web site based on the book Common Errors in English Usage by Professor Paul Brians.

Guide to Grammar and Style by Jack Lynch
andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Writing/index.html

The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr.
www.bartelby.com/141/index.html
An online reproduction of the original (1918) book that was later revised (in 1957) by E B White. The revised version, now in its fourth edition, is easily and rightfully the most popular book on English style ever published.

Plain English guides

Plain English Guide
www.plainenglish.co.uk
British Plain English Campaign web site featuring a range of useful plain English guides.

Plain Language
www.plainlanguage.gov
US Government web site featuring a comprehensive Plain English handbook that can be viewed online or downloaded as a pdf file.

English dictionaries

Dictionary.com
www.dictionary.com
This is the most popular online dictionary. Now with color/colour entries.

Merriam-Webster Online
www.m-w.com
Dictionary, thesaurus, and English/Spanish translations.

The Free Dictionary
www.thefreedictionary.com
Illustrated, colour/color dictionary and thesaurus with convenient links to Wikipedia entries. Lots of great content including word quizzes.

Webster’s Online Dictionary – The Rosetta Edition
www.websters-online-dictionary.org
Not the Merriam-Webster Inc, but a huge project based on taking the 1913 edition of Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, and then expanding on it in every sense. The project, which has been underway since 1999, aims to cover 400 modern languages and 10 ancestral languages and is well on its way to achieving its laudable goal.

yourDictionary.com
www.yourdictionary.com
Used to be my favourite online dictionary, then was overwhelmed by advertisements, but has since improved with a simpler interface and new, interactive content.

English thesauri

Merriam-Webster Online
www.m-w.com
Dictionary, thesaurus, and English/Spanish translations.

The Free Dictionary
www.thefreedictionary.com
Illustrated, colour/color dictionary and thesaurus with convenient links to Wikipedia entries. Lots of great content including word quizzes.

Thesaurus.com
www.thesaurus.com
This is my favourite (and the most popular) online thesarus. The results are from online publisher Lexico’s own Roget’s New Millennium™ Thesaurus.

Glossaries of grammatical terms

Daily Grammar
www.dailygrammar.com/glossary.html
Glossary and free grammar lessions

Grammar Monster
www.grammar-monster.com/grammar_terms_and_definitions.htm

UsingEnglish.com
www.usingenglish.com/glossary/

British English versus American English

Wikipedia: American and British English differences
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_and_British_English_Differences