Ask The Grammarian With Taylor Houston—Now Taking Your Questions

One of the most exciting and helpful features we offer in the LitReactor Magazine is our series of columns geared at answering reader questions. As you know, Erin Reel-—publishing and editorial consultant, writing coach, columnist and blog host—led this feature with her masterly 'Ask The Lit Coach' series of columns. Then Bree Ogden—literary agent for D4E0 Literary Agency, columnist, and LitReactor instructor—took over with her excellent series of 'Ask the Agent' columns. Next up, Taylor Houston.

Taylor is a LitReactor columnist, technical writer, and instructional designer who gets her kicks reading style guides and teaching classes on writing craft and grammar. Now, those of you familiar with our writing classes probably recognize her from the LitReactor class  'Grammar & Style: Two Weeks to Nail the Basics.' Here's your chance to ask her your burning grammar and usage questions.

Submit your question via email to or post them in the comments section below. Taylor will choose a few that she'll answer here on the site later this month.

So, let's hear those questions!

Taylor Houston

Column by Taylor Houston

Taylor Houston is a genuine Word Nerd living in Portland, OR where she works as a technical writer and volunteers on the marketing committee for Wordstock, a local organization dedicated to writing education. She has a BA in Creative Writing and Spanish from Hamilton College and attended Penn State's MFA program in Creative Nonfiction. She has taught writing at all levels from middle school to college to adult, and she is the creator of Writer’s Cramp, a class for adults who just want to write!

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Larry Hill's picture
Larry Hill August 7, 2013 - 6:56am


Why does it seem people on the political Right have a lesser grasp on grammar and the English language?  Is this proof that Republicans are indeed less intelligent than the rest of their fellow humans?

eirikodin's picture
eirikodin from Auburn, NY is reading Mediterranean Caper by Clive Cussler August 7, 2013 - 9:25am


Fragmented sentences can be used stylistically.  Do you believe there is a point where this becomes confusing or turns off the average reader?  How do you feel about using fragments?

How come people on the left use adverbs more than they should?  Are they on the effeminate side when compared to average humans or are they really really interested?