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Welcome to an on-line guide to grammar, style and punctuation

This site provides instruction in basic grammar, sentence structure and word choice, as well as rules for punctuation according to the Associated Press Style.

AP Style is most commonly used by newspaper journalists. Magazine journalists, on the other hand, most often follow the Chicago Manual of Style. Whenever possible, the differences between the two styles are noted.

Students of English composition should be aware that most English writing assignments adhere to MLA style, which has yet again another set of rules, in particular with regard to punctuation and citations. Purdue University provides a basic explanation of MLA style for those look for assistance.

The menu on the left provides links to explanations, examples and quizzes in each of the major components of English grammar.

The Tongue Untied was developed by Kellee Weinhold as support for a course offered to all pre-majors in theSchool of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. Those who complete the homework and quizzes for each section and pass the "final exam" with a 70% or higher can consider themselves adequately prepared for a college-level journalism course.

The University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, which started as a department in 1912 and became a professional school in 1916, is the second-oldest freestanding program in the United States and also one of the most broadly conceived. Its programs are accredited by the national Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).