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Q: I saw your column on grammar problems in the workplace. Are there online courses or books that might help me improve my written communication and grammar?

A: Many online high schools and colleges offer courses in grammar and writing, usually for $250 to $500. For a directory of schools that have met requirements of the Distance Education Training Council, an accrediting organization, see Among them, Penn Foster Schools offers several courses. Go to find English Composition and Business-Writing classes. Brigham Young University's distance-learning program also offers a grammar class; on the "courses" menu at, look for "university courses" and search for "English language." Also, courses by Cengage Learning's Ed2go unit can be found at by searching for "grammar."

Among free resources, Purdue University's Online Writing Lab, at offers useful guides and exercises. Other helpful links can be found at

Among books, "Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English," is a witty, useful work by Patricia T. O'Conner, who also co-writes a blog,

Others include "The Only Grammar Book You'll Ever Need," by Susan Thurman and Larry Shea; and "The McGraw-Hill Handbook of English Grammar and Usage," by Mark Lester and Larry Beason.

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Penn Foster is a global leader in online education, providing career-focused degree and vocational programs in the fields of allied health, business, technology, education, and select trades through the Penn Foster College and Penn Foster Career School.

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