Writing Centre Grammar Reference

How to Use this List of Language Links

This curated list of grammar links is intended to be a common reference point for Writing Centre tutors and tutees, and for any teachers who need to point their students toward resources that will help them understand their written English grammar problems. The links are organized according to common types of language errors and grammatical features. Students can use these links to learn more about specific language problems that their tutor or teacher has pointed out in their writing.

If you have suggestions for specific links or types of language problems to add to this list, please e-mail writingcentre@hku.hk.

Articles, or More Broadly, Determiners (i.e., ‘a,’ ‘an,’ ‘the,’ or no article, and other determiners like ‘this,’ that,’ ‘these,’ ‘its’, etc)

http://esl.fis.edu/grammar/rules/article.htm

https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/grammar/using_articles.html

Comma-splice Sentences

https://www.grammarly.com/blog/comma-splice/

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/grammar/the-comma-splice

Connectors

https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/english_as_a_second_language/esl_students/combining_sentences/index.html

https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/english_as_a_second_language/esl_students/combining_sentences/conjunctions_and_coordination.html

https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/english_as_a_second_language/esl_students/combining_sentences/discourse_connectors.html

Dangling Modifier/Dangling Participle

https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/mechanics/dangling_modifiers_and_how_to_correct_them.html

Fragment/Sentence Fragment

https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/mechanics/sentence_fragments.html

https://study.com/academy/lesson/what-is-a-sentence-fragment-definition-examples-quiz.html

Hedging and Boosting

https://www.griffith.edu.au/_designs/documentation/video-transcript?id=150336

https://writingcenter.gmu.edu/guides/hedges-softening-claims-in-academic-writing

http://elss.elc.cityu.edu.hk/ELSS/Resource/Practise%20Hedging%20in%20your%20Writing_Part%20Three/

Modals Verbs

https://writingcenter.unc.edu/modals/

https://elc.polyu.edu.hk/cill/eap/book/tentativity.aspx

https://www.york.ac.uk/res/elanguages/index/Modulecd/cu4s6/cu4s60401.htm

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/english-grammar/certain-probable-or-possible

Noun Phrases/Nominalization

https://unilearning.uow.edu.au/academic/3b.html

http://elss.elc.cityu.edu.hk/ELSS/Resource/Academic%20Style%20and%20Tone,%20Nominalisation%20ICOSA%20Version/

http://aeo.sllf.qmul.ac.uk/Files/Nominalization/Nom%20LOC.html

Parallel Structure

https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/mechanics/parallel_structure.html

Passive Voice: When to use it, and when not to

http://advice.writing.utoronto.ca/revising/passive-voice/

https://unilearning.uow.edu.au/academic/3avi.html

Plural, Singular, Countable, and Uncountable Nouns

http://awelu.srv.lu.se/grammar-and-words/common-problems-and-how-to-avoid-them/atypical-nouns/

https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/grammar/nouns

https://www.aje.com/en/arc/editing-tip-singular-and-plural-forms-scientific-writing/

https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/grammar/count_and_noncount_nouns/plurals_articles_and_quantity_words.html

Prepositions

https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/grammar/prepositions

https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/grammar/prepositions/index.html

Pronoun Referencing

http://www.msvu.ca/en/home/studentservices/caass/writingcentre/handouts/makingclearpronounreferences/default.aspx

https://uwf.edu/cassh/support-resources/the-uwf-writing-lab/expand-your-skills/grammar-reviews/intropronounref/

https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/grammar/pronouns/index.html

Relative Pronouns and Relative Clauses

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/english-grammar/relative-clauses

http://aeo.sllf.qmul.ac.uk/Files/Relative%20Clauses/Relative%20Clauses.html

https://writingcenter.unc.edu/relative-clauses/

https://www.gcu.ac.uk/student/studentlife/international/english/independentlanguagestudy/grammar/relativeclauses/

https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/grammar/relative_pronouns/index.html

Run-on Sentences

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/runons.htm

https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/punctuation/independent_and_dependent_clauses/runonsentences.html

Subject-Verb Agreement

https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/grammar/subject_verb_agreement.html

http://grammar.yourdictionary.com/sentences/20-rules-of-subject-verb-agreement.html

https://eslgold.com/grammar/subject_verb_agreement/

https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/grammar/subjectverbagreement

https://elc.polyu.edu.hk/cill/exercises/sva.aspx

Verb Tenses in Academic Writing

https://www.adelaide.edu.au/english-for-uni/tenses/

https://writingcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/verb-tenses/https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/grammar/verbtenses

https://services.unimelb.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/471294/Using_tenses_in_scientific_writing_Update_051112.pdf

https://www.hamilton.edu/academics/centers/writing/writing-resources/verb-tense