TED-Ed: Quick Videos to Improve Your Grammar and Word Choice

Grammar ain’t easy, I’ll tell you that. It took me years to nail this sucker called commas down, and, I might add, quiet a few writing and grammar courses, not to mention my years as a writing tutor. And, beyond grammar, sometimes clarifying an idea or choosing the right words to convey an idea can be a struggle.

But it doesn’t have to be a struggle for you. There are many ways to improve one’s grammar. Reading is a really great way to acquire new grammatical skills and refine old ones as well as add new words and phrases to your writing lexicon, for example.

Another great way of improving grammar is to study it, but studying it isn’t always fun or entertaining. TED-Ed takes care of the fun and entertaining part of learning, at least in my opinion.

TED-Ed, like TED-Talks, are free for the masses and are ideas, or in this case lessons, worth sharing. Here are some great grammar videos from TED-Ed:

Commas

It’s time we clear up some comma myths out there, and this video will help you answer the age old grammar question: do I put a comma there?

I’m sorry to tell you this, but sometimes teachers will mark a comma right while others mark the same comma wrong, and it’s all part of an ongoing debate about The Oxford comma. So, you should education yourself on it and understand the debate so you can take that debate to your teachers or, at the very least, clarify before writing a paper if the Oxford comma is desired or not.

Word Choice

Any video with zombies that is about grammar is a winner in my book. This video is especially helpful in clarifying writing and instructing us to make clear choices when it comes to the words we use.

This video is great for pushing writers to think outside of simplistic word choices. Why is something good or bad? Give your reader more! Being descriptive, or choosing more descriptive words, is always a good practice in writing.

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