kaelzeth (nectimide) wrote in linguaphiles,
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English grammar help for English speaking adults?

Before taking a writing class for college, my wife needs to take a placement test which is mainly grammar. The problem is that she was never taught grammar in school and when asked, she didn't know what a subject of a sentence was, or how to use commas, really just simple stuff that I thought was taught in elementary school. I heard rumors that US schools don't bother with grammar anymore, but is it really true or as widespread as it seems?

Anyway, she didn't well on the placement test. She works out of a book called "English Grammar Demystified," which is helping, but are there resources online for English speaking adults to work on their grammar? Everything that I can find is geared towards ESL, which can only help to a certain degree.

Thanks in advance.
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  • Used to usage

    Sometimes I say sentences such as: "Didn't that bakery used to be a fish shop?" It occurs to me that it would be more grammatically consistent if I…

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