15 grammar tips to make you smarter, from the world's coolest word nerd

Mignon Fogarty is the Grammar Girl. And she is awesome.

Does this sentence need another comma? What's the difference between emoticons and emoji? How do I make product names (like the iPhone 7 or 6s) plural?

That's a sample of questions that Mignon Fogarty, a.k.a. Grammar Girl, answers on a weekly basis.

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Fogarty is the founder and managing director of Quick and Dirty Tips, an advice blog that offers short, actionable advice from friendly and informed authorities to "help you succeed at work and in life." (Grammar Girl is one of the columns on the site.) She's also the author of the New York Times bestseller Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, and has appeared on nationally syndicated television as an English-language expert.

I discovered Grammar Girl years ago when googling a question, and was quickly enamored of Fogarty's ability to make topics like punctuation, syntax, and sentence structure entertaining.

She presents a stark contrast to her archenemy, "the evil Grammar Maven, who inspires terror in the untrained and is neither friendly nor helpful."

So, if you're looking to increase your grammar prowess, here are a few of Grammar Girl's top tips:

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