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Working with Ron Hartung of the Tallahassee Democrat, Gerald Grow of Florida A&M has converted Rons weekly grammar quizzes into a series of self-grading online quizzes.

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"The company's market value more than quadrupled in fewer than 18 months." See anything wrong? Well, then, head over to this quiz and see if you're good enough to earn a certificate.

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... of the Emergency Grammar System, created by John Russial, a professor at the University of Oregon and a former copy chief at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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The University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication launched this site to help students pass its required grammar, spelling and punctuation test.

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They sound alike, sometimes they even look alike, but the meanings of these words are nothing alike. Mack Lundstrom at San Jose State University offers a guide.

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Gerald Grow of Florida A&M decided it was time to clear up the lay/lie confusion: "The result was a 17-page grammatical epic, isolating each concept, with self-guiding practice quizzes on each step, leading up to a series of exercises containing lay and lie as used in sentences from recent journalism, and culminating in a set of diabolically difficult challenge quizzes.�

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The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University offers grammar pointers, and several come with online quizzes. You even get the answers.

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NewsPlace, run by Avi Bass at Northern Illinois University, collects news-related sites, including this collection of editing and writing exercises.

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Figure out what the present perfect progressive form of a verb is at the Writer's Workshop at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It's a guide to grammar rules and terms.

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The home page for Jane Straus' "The Blue Book of Grammar & Punctuation" takes users to guides, rules and quizzes.

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Head over to the Special Projects section for interactive quizzes, also offered in Word, PDF and PowerPoint formats

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This guide from north of the border is under construction, so the Writing Centre at the University of Ottawa welcomes you to use it - as long as you don't mind the real possibility for errors on the site.

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