What can I do to improve my grammar?

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Re: What can I do to improve my grammar?

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Greetings:

I can recommend four resources in particular. One is https://owl.purdue.edu/. This portal gives advice on lots of individual grammar topics and also has exercises to match. The other is a book: English for Everyone. This book is also available for free online. The book goes through individual topics (e.g., the passive) from the basics to advanced material before moving on to the next topic. In addition, it has worksheets at https://englishforeveryone.org/.

If you looking for British grammar, englisch-hilfen.de has both explanations and exercises. On the other hand, if you prefer American grammar and a lighter tone, Betty Azar has a series of very approachable grammar books going from beginner through advanced. I think there are three levels (thought it might be four). The books are in pairs, textbook and workbook. I have found that, at least for me as a teacher, the workbooks have enough material that my students don't need to have the textbook as well.
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Re: What can I do to improve my grammar?

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I just thought of another book you might consider: Erica L. Meltzer's The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar. It has a somewhat chatty tone. It covers the basics but also more advanced topics. If you do buy this book, be sure to get the errata list (I think it's at Meltzer's home-page). And note the following: On p. 190, "insect world" should be replaced by something like "world of small animals" and "insects" by "invertebrates." On p. 175, "a old woman" should be "an old woman." On p. 150, "her in a classical ballet class" should not be underlined. On p. 149, "allows spiders" should be "allow spiders."
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Re: What can I do to improve my grammar?

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I personally can recommend English Grammar In Use by Murphy. It is a good book where the grammar rules with the exercises are collected. My students love this book.
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Re: What can I do to improve my grammar?

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I think that a good grammar book is the answer Raymond Murphy's English Grammar in Use is now available as a E book so it also includes pronunciation!
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Re: What can I do to improve my grammar?

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Ahh man, I have always had a great problem with grammar. I am not a native speaker, however I have been learning english since I was 4, and I was good at everything, but my main point was and still is speaking, while grammar... well, here is probably my only issue with this language. Though, english grammar is not that tough actually, I still make a lot of mistakes, that is exactly why I am reading a lot of books and using some great online writing programs for elementary students and advanced students as well, so I can actually improve my grammar. I am just annoyed by the fact that I know all the tenses of english grammar however I still make some stupid mistakes. BTW, I have read Erica L. Meltzer's The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar that was mentioned above, that is an amazing book.
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Re: What can I do to improve my grammar?

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Hello! Nowadays, I can tell you that the Internet holds many opportunities to learn languages. I personally tried mobile apps like babbel and duolingo and they helped me to learn a few words and phrases, but preply did the most of the work. I got the point that learning a new language with a native speaker is really productive.
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