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You can fire off a three-paragraph e-mail in one minute and condense a day’s worth of thoughts into a few 140-character tweets.
But how’s your grammar?
Modes of communication like e-mail, instant messaging, texting and Twitter are changing a lot of things, like the way we get information, how we consume it and most importantly on National Grammar Day, how we compose it.
Today is a chance to treat every utterance like it can’t be spell-checked by Microsoft Word.
The official site of National Grammar Day has a simple message for all those who want to “get involved” in the celebration: “Speak well! Write well! And on March 4, march forth and spread the word. We want people to think about language and how it can be used best.”
One way you can “march forth” is by challenging yourself with the University of California Press’s copy editing quiz. You may feel like you’re back in the classroom where you first took the SAT. But even if you get the answers wrong, you’ll get an explanation of the right answers.
Also, read our article on the decline of grammar, in "What's Happening to Writing Skills?"
Grammar Girl hosts podcasts about common grammar and usage mistakes. Confused about “which” and “that”? “Between” vs. “among”? Need proofreading tips? These and more topics are covered in a format that’ll give you a nice break from screen-based reading.
Refer back to a good, old-fashioned book, “The Elements of Style,” for trustworthy tips and explanations.
Finally, the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar publishes this blog in which it members "document their noble efforts."