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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 – February 10, 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1118785560 ISBN-10: 1118785568 Edition: 11th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 11 edition (February 10, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118785568
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118785560
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation, Eleventh Edition

English Usage Rules Explained in Plain English

It doesn’t take a lifetime to master English grammar and punctuation. All it takes is The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation. With over 200,000 copies sold, this is one of the most highly trusted English language resources available. Inside, you’ll find short, easy-to-understand explanations of even the most confusing grammar points.

From the very basics—parts of speech and subject-verb agreement—to more advanced topics like the subjunctive mood, The Blue Book covers it all. You’ll also learn to differentiate between the most commonly confused words like infer and imply, its and it’s, affect and effect…and hundreds more. Filled with clear examples and self-assessment quizzes, the book allows you to test your knowledge and practice what you learn.

“A sensible approach and a useful guide.” —Mignon Fogarty, author of Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

“This is a valuable tool for my journalism students. By the end of the semester, most copies of The Blue Book are dog-eared and marked-up. I highly recommend this book to every student who wants to become a proficient writer and communicator.” —Cindy Frye, adjunct instructor, Long Beach City College, Long Beach, Calif.

About the Author

JANE STRAUS (1954–2011) was an educator and best-selling author with extensive experience teaching English to adult learners. She created The Blue Book because she found no resources that explained English rules “in plain English.” Straus also created the popular website GrammarBook.com. LESTER KAUFMAN is publisher of GrammarBook.com. He married Jane Straus in 1987, eventually retiring from his career in government to help with her website. TOM STERN is a veteran reporter and columnist. In 2012, his bimonthly newspaper column on English grammar and usage won a first-place award in the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s Better Newspapers Contest.


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Customer Reviews

Love we can have a paper and electronic version.
JR
The book contains simple, straightforward, and helpful explanations of basic grammar rules as well as practical exercises.
E.S.
I highly recommend it and am grateful to have had this book and great teacher to teach me grammar at 8th grade.
East Hanover, NJ

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Ashok R on April 4, 2014
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I regularly write letters to clients of our firm, and the Blue Book has been absolutely instrumental for proper grammar and punctuation. I was delighted to see this new edition — this update and revision does not disappoint! Being a weekly newsletter subscriber, I can appreciate the number of man-hours and meticulous research Mr. Kaufman and Mr. Stern devoted to this project. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but it would be a shame if would-be purchasers paid attention to a critical review over the mistaken notion that one word was supposedly used improperly. After all, anybody can put anything up on the web, but this book had to be reviewed and edited multiple times before publication. The 2014 version of the Blue Book is a worthy addition to my library. I look forward to referring to it frequently and often!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Southern Girl on March 29, 2014
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Wow, as a grammar geek, I love this book. It is filled with great easy-to-find tips. Also, the book is written so that the needed information is easy to find.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By loonymom on April 5, 2014
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I am having my 13 year old work through this book independently as part of her homeschool grammar curriculum. It's not a fun read, but it teaches her everything she needs to know.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Palavering on May 25, 2014
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I have always been a student of American English. I suppose I should announce that I am a bibliophile, and that many of my books are about word usage, vocabulary and proper grammar. If you are an admirer of such things, I should highly recommend this book to you.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By George W. Newport on April 12, 2014
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every grammar rule has an exception, this lists all the rules, how they are used and not used in our language
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Edward J. Uecker on July 5, 2014
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Speaking here a Writing Instructor at a Community College, I find the "BLUE BOOK" to be an invaluable tool for both assessing the level of basic skills a student has mastered, AND as a tool for bringing up to speed and then testing to verify that improvement is occurring with those students who do not demonstrate college level skills coming in. Furthermore, the limited instruction that they provide is clear, unambiguous and easily accessible to the student learner - no confusing English/linguistic jargon. Just straight instruction and examples on the right way and the wrong way to handle grammar, punctuation, et. al.

My only beef with the book is that the tests questions are open ended rather than multiple choice which means that they must be completely "hand graded" which is very time consuming, especially for a writing instructor who must already do an inordinate volume of individual reading, editing and advising on essays on a broad variety of topics.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By eileen weiser on March 17, 2014
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This is an easy-to-follow, thorough guide regarding grammar and punctuation. It addresses all relevant subject matter including sentence structure and it has an excellent index. Highly recommend.
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26 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Ann Gigounas on March 6, 2014
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The use of the helping verb "had" in the contexts cited is absolutely correct. The tense that is being used is not past, but rather past perfect, happening before the past tense already referenced, so it has to contain "had." It is one of the mistakes that my 8th grade students make so often and shows a lack of understanding of the relationship between the past and the past perfect (also known as the pluperfect in Latin).

His criticism of "angrily" (of course, it should be angry) comes from his hasty reading of the text. That sentence is part of a quiz in which students are supposed to identify grammar mistakes. It is nice that he recognized it as a mistake. He would have done well on that part of the quiz. However, it's too bad he didn't recognize the past perfect tense.
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