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The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation: An Easy-to-Use Guide with Clear Rules, Real-World Examples, and Reproducible Quizzes [Paperback]

Jane Straus , Mignon Fogarty
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)


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Book Description

December 14, 2007 0470222689 978-0470222683 10
The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation is filled with easy-to-understand rules,real-world examples, dozens of reproducible exercises, and pre- and post-tests.

This handy workbook is ideal for teachers, students in middle school through college, ESL students, homeschoolers, and professionals. Valuable for anyone who takes tests or writes reports, letters, Web pages, e-mails, or blogs, The Blue Book offers instant answers to everyday English usage questions.



Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation, Tenth Edition

"Designed to answer the most pressing grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and usage questions . . . In this revised and updated tenth edition of her best-selling book, Jane Straus adds a new section on Confusing Words and Homonyms with hundreds of the trickiest words defined and explained. Hailed as 'a masterpiece of clarity and usefulness.'"
—From the Foreword by Mignon Fogarty, creator of the Grammar Girl podcast

The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation is filled with easy-to-understand rules,real-world examples, dozens of reproducible exercises, and pre- and post-tests.

This handy workbook is ideal for teachers, students in middle school through college, ESL students, homeschoolers, and professionals. Valuable for anyone who takes tests or writes reports, letters, Web pages, e-mails, or blogs, The Blue Book offers instant answers to everyday English usage questions.

Praise for Jane Straus and The Blue Book

"Clearly presented so that you can easily find the informationyou're looking for. This is great for students or for anyone who has troubleremembering the rules of grammar and punctuation."
—Kate Russell, BBC World/ClickOnline

"Never has there been such a well-arranged, easily navigatedguidebook as this. It is perfect for the homeschool family. One of the mostpractical, useable, beneficial resources, it doubles both as a quick referenceguide and student workbook (with answers in the back)!"
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

"Grammarians and citizens, I invite you to raise a glass to Jane Straus. The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation is one-stop shopping for comprehensive grammar and style rules and is as charming as it is useful. I can't imagine one person whose writing wouldn't benefit enormously from reading this book."
—Kate McCulley, The Grammar Vandal, www.thegrammarvandal.com

About the Author

Jane Straus created the popular Web site www.Grammarbook.com, which offers additional self-scoring, downloadable quizzes, video lessons, and a weekly online newsletter full of helpful tips. Jane was also a personal life coach and the author of Enough Is Enough! from Jossey-Bass.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 10 edition (December 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470222689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470222683
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jane Straus (1954-2011) was an educator and best-selling author. She taught English grammar, punctuation, and writing classes to corporate as well as state and federal government employees. She developed her own materials that conveyed the rules of English in plain English. She continued to refine her materials, eventually turning them into The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation.
When the Internet was born, she launched a website, GrammarBook.com, which has helped millions of people all over the world improve their English grammar. Straus became a sought-after speaker in the fields of grammar, public speaking, and life coaching. Her other book is Enough Is Enough! Stop Enduring and Start Living Your Extraordinary Life (Jossey-Bass, 2005).

Following Straus's untimely passing in early 2011, her husband, Lester Kaufman, assumed management of GrammarBook.com and maintained Jane's legacy by continuing to issue weekly e-newsletters containing grammar tips to help people improve their English skills, and answering reader's questions in, as much as possible, the same light, direct, and instructive tone that Jane used. In collaboration with Tom Stern, he also undertook an update and revision of the Blue Book which was published in February 2014.

Customer Reviews

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330 of 348 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Written by an amateur January 24, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm a writer, editor, and writing teacher. I've never considered myself a grammarian, but I'm pretty good at recognizing what's correct and what's not. I currently teach a grammar course at a community college and have been looking for good grammar books. I bought this on Amazon for two reasons: low cost and high rating. I should have looked at the unusual number of single-star reviews. You get what you pay for. Even upon quick review, I found numerous errors and just plain bad advice. Here are a few examples:

COLONS
In her section on colons, the author implies that there are only two occasions to use the colon: when lists follow independent clauses and when sentences are joined without a coordinating conjunction, as long as the second sentence "explains or illustrates the first sentence." This is bad advice! First, what follows a colon most certainly does not have to be a complete sentence: a phrase or clause will do. Yet she doesn't have a so-called "rule" for this very common use of the colon! Here's one example of a colon construction that she completely ignores:

He was greeted by a horrible sight: a dead dog on his doorstep.

Furthermore, she instructs the reader to "use a colon instead of a semicolon" when the the second sentence "explains or clarifies" the first, yet in her examples,a semicolon would be entirely acceptable, or even preferable! This is totally misleading and just plain bad advice.

Her Examples:
I enjoy reading: novels by Kurt Vonnegut are among my favorites.
Garlic is used in Italian cooking: it greatly enhances the flavor of pasta dishes.

In each case, the semicolon would be a perfectly good punctuation choice, yet she has instructed the reader not to use it!
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112 of 122 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a comprehensive grammar reference September 14, 2009
By Jamie
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this hoping for a grammar reference that was as comprehensive as The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. I was very disappointed. It is 75 pages of rules (many erroneous based on the other reviews, which I wish I'd read prior to purchasing) followed by 78 pages of quizzes and answers. There is no index. The lack of an index makes it particularly ineffective as a reference.
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68 of 77 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Other reviewers have given examples, so I don't need to repeat that process. I just want to observe that is a book written by a "life coach" (one of those pseudo-professions, like being a feng shui "expert", a "psychic" or an aroma "therapist") and a blogger (like, well, almost everyone over the age of 12 these days). She is not a best-selling author, a professional editor, an English language professor, or any other sort of well-qualified person to write a book on English grammar. Anyone can write a book about anything, and (with luck, contact-networking and perseverance) get it published, but that doesn't mean it will be worth reading. On a technical topic like linguistics, failure to have both an applicable edu-professional background and the experience in the field to be authoritative is generally a shortcut to disaster. I'm not even a Fowlerian traditionalist when it comes to grammar - I applaud efforts by the Chicago editors, Burchfield (Oxford), and others to be more descriptive and modern, and less prescriptive and stodgy, in updated editions of their popular style guides - but some of what Straus advises is simply nonsense. This book and the associated website betray a deep-seated absorption of lazy habits (e.g., pretending that commas don't serve a purpose) from high-speed, low-thought writing on the Internet and in text messaging. While online communication has, for around twenty-two years of actual public impact, had an influence on modern grammar, it is a rash mistake to import expedient practices from the register of informal e-chat into the more formal context of planned writing. This even applies to blogging; writing an essay is still writing an essay, regardless of whether your fingers are pushing electrons through circuits or ink onto paper.
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56 of 71 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars There should be a rule against this. March 10, 2009
Format:Paperback
My ex-husband bought this book for our son without checking the reviews. One day, I needed to look something up and I borrowed it from my son's room. Boy, was I astonished! That's why I had to check what other people thought about it. The book is not only full of mistakes, but contains also many inaccuracies as well as false, made-up rules. Someone who knowingly leads young (and not-so-young) people's minds in the wrong direction should get jail time. It is just plain wrong to do that to kids.

It is already hard enough to teach them something, but when you plant something in their minds, it is also very hard to go back and remove (or correct) it. So, for a book that calls itself the "blue book" of grammar, it is completely inadmissible to erect such grammatical fallacies as truths, and spoil the mind of young adults. This author knows nothing about grammar, and the book should be recalled. Everyone who bought it should get a refund of their money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Fortune Cookie Pretending to be a Book February 5, 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a very thin paperback book padded heavily by pages of homonyms (seed and cede, etc) and "tests". Useful if learning English, not useful if you have a sixth-grade education.
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51 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Grammar Book!!!! December 25, 2007
Format:Paperback
I found this book searching a grammar rule in Google and entered to the author's site (a very good site). This book is really useful, has many grammar rules and punctuations. At the end of the book, it has a series of quizzes of each chapter and its answers. I really appreciate to have found this book!!!!!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BLUE BOOK TO ENHANCED THINKING/WRITING SKILLS
This is a great book for my ESL tutee who will be entering middle school. He has difficulty with tenses and requires help with punctuation. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Happy Camper
3.0 out of 5 stars useful
This book has enough basic information for it to be a useful reference reminder and reference, even if some of it, as other reviewers point out, is not completely accurate.
Published 1 month ago by Nancy M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference guide.
Great reference guide. Easy to follow. Clear and concise. A must have for every writer. I keep it next to my keyboard.
Published 1 month ago by M. M. Fuhrer
3.0 out of 5 stars Grammar Books
As an English teacher, I have a huge collection of grammar books. I can never seem to have enough. I had high hopes for this one; however, it just isn't comprehensive enough. Read more
Published 2 months ago by KristenTag
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent book of grammar and style rules.
This book contains many useful, short explanations of grammar and style as well as exercises. The author also has a good website. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kiki Eleanor
5.0 out of 5 stars loved by a homeschool mom
simple and clear, love it! Makes a great reference book to quickly find answers to common english language questions. Would recommend!
Published 3 months ago by Stovall
5.0 out of 5 stars No idiot here
As the tittle 'Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation'. Will keep you from looking like an idiot. Answers the problems with iffy words and punctuation marks.
Published 3 months ago by JFL
1.0 out of 5 stars There is an 11th edition for the same price!
There is an 11th edition for the same price! Ugh, come on. I just bought this 10th edition, only to have a recommendation for the 11th edition pop up after the purchase. Read more
Published 3 months ago by TP
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Grammer Book
Easy to read. Language is very easy to understand. It is meant for middle and high school children. I like painless grammer book as well.
Published 3 months ago by Lipika
5.0 out of 5 stars The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation by Jane Straus
Great book. She's easy to understand and her examples are excellent. I have other books in my collection but I like hers best.
Published 3 months ago by Book Lover
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