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How much do you know about grammar and punctuation?  Do you follow all the rules?  Or do you tend to use your ear, rely on your instinct, or just plain guess?  Employers and employees alike lament the lack of grammar and punctuation knowledge in the business world today.  Teachers either drilled all the rules along with their exceptions, boring and confusing their students in the process, or they skipped the subject entirely.  Either way, more questions than answers seem to surround the business of writing correctly.  

Two options are available to help you write and edit more correctly:  


In the busy business world today, correctness in all forms of written communication is a must.  Whether you edit or proofread your own documents or someone else's, you will benefit from knowing how to avoid grammar glitches and punctuation pitfalls.  Does the thought of diagramming sentences while doing endless drills on boring rules that confuse rather than clarify make you grit your teeth and say, "Grr"?  If so, this fast-paced one-day workshop will help you smile and say, "Great!" instead.

Have you ever asked the following questions?

s        Does using correct grammar and punctuation even matter?

s         Have grammar and punctuation rules changed since I went to school?

s         Does a comma go before the "and" in a series of three or more items?

s         Does the period go inside or outside end quotation marks?

s         Does the apostrophe go before or after the "s" to show possession?

s         Are some errors more serious than others?

s        How can I learn them now?

Grammar and punctuation rules are tools to help you communicate more clearly.  You will enjoy learning and working with practical rules that relate to typical business writing.  Some topics to avoid grammar glitches are subject-verb agreement, verb tense, misplaced and dangling modifiers, parallel structure, sentence structure, and pronoun case.  Also included are the latest rules for eliminating punctuation pitfalls while mastering commas, semicolons, colons, hyphens, apostrophes, and quotation marks.  An update on which rules have changed and why may surprise you--along with the realization that learning grammar can be fun!

 Here are the answers to the previous questions:

!         If you value your image, absolutely!

!          As language changes, grammar and punctuation rules do as well.

!          The answer to this controversial question in now yes.

!          Inside--always!

!          That depends on whether the possessive word is singular or plural.

!          Surveys of executives and educators reveal that some errors tend to damage credibility more than others.

!          Yes, the business world is full of educated individuals who never learned these skills.

!          Easy--attend this workshop designed to help you take the "grr" out 
of grammar!

Taking the "Grr" out of Grammar Objectives
This workshop helps you do the following when writing and editing:

  • Analyze why correct documents are so important.
  • Identify the errors that most tarnish a writer's image.
  • Learn practical grammar and punctuation rules.
  • Practice correcting grammar glitches and punctuation pitfalls through exercises.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the rules by correcting your writing samples.

Click here for Building with the Basics:  Grammar and Punctuation 


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