5 grammar and style resources for communicators

Even experts can forget their writing do’s and don’ts. Here are five places to go when you want a second opinion.

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PR pros often field questions about grammar and punctuation.

Simple questions about spelling can be answered on websites such as Dictionary.com, Merriam-Webster.com or their related apps. I’ve even used the speech function on the Merriam-Webster app to sound out a word and get the correct spelling.

However, those sites aren’t always helpful for answering questions such as, “Should I use a comma or semicolon here?” or, “Do you ‘home in on’ or ‘hone in on’ something?”

Veteran writers and editors might crack open their hard copies of “The Elements of Style” or The AP Stylebook, but wordsmiths with internet access might find it quicker and easier to consult online resources.

Here are five websites to answer questions related to grammar and punctuation:

1. AP Stylebook Online

This subscription-based service gives you online access to the industry-standard stylebook while adding digital functionality and search capability.

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