The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.
The Guide to Grammar and Writing is meant to provide some suggestions about writing in a convenient, hyperlinked format. Be warned, however, that following all these suggestions and rules about grammar and scoring 100% on all the quizzes will not guarantee good writing. The metaphor of learning to drive is a good one: knowing all the facts and rules in the manual—how far to park from a fire hydrant, how long to brake on a rainy day in Georgia—doesn't make you a good driver. Like learning to drive, learning to write is largely a matter of learning from others and, more than anything else, practicing in a safe place until you can operate with skill and confidence.