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Doing Grammar Paperback – January 3, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0195138405 ISBN-10: 0195138406 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 3 edition (January 3, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195138406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195138405
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1.2 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,637,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I love it and the students love it! We especially like the 50 practice sentences at the end of each chapter. A good practical approach to syntactic analysis."--Lori P. Altmann, Georgia State University

"At last, a formal grammar book useful in my advanced grammar class. It can be used as a workbook as well as a handbook--concise, clear, and coherent. I will adopt."--Harvey Solganick, Missouri Baptist College

"A unique, discovery-based approach."--Ben Rafoth, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

"An excellent book with clear, direct explanations of difficult topics. I especially like the exercises for students. I especially like the exercises for students. Glaser's discussion of 'deadwood' in student writing is one of my favorite parts of the book."--Mason Smith, Eastern Kentucky University

"This second edition makes a good book even better. It has style and substance and helps students to make sense of the structure of the language they speak and write."--John F. Savage, Boston College

"A superb textbook for helping students to understand the syntactic structure of English. It goes beyond fundamentals to reveal unsolved problems and interesting dilemmas where readers can exercise their own intuitive knowledge and critical thinking."--Ben Rafoth, Indiana University of Pennsylvania --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Max Morenberg is at Miami University.

Customer Reviews

It really is, too, and Morenberg will show you why.
D. Rizzo
What I love about the book is how the author ordered each chapter to build upon the previous chapter in a very logical point by point learing process.
George D. Patnoe Jr
I am preparing for the GMAT, and am not a native english speaker, so I figured I need a solid book to help me to build my grammar skills.
Amer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 1999
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Morenberg sets out to show you English grammar the way it really works, and not as a bunch of mindless, unconnected rules. Its real strength is that it starts from a fairly basic level (it helps to understand basic parts of speech, but that's all you really need), and by the end gives you the tools to analyze most sentences in the real world with a scheme that sticks generally to traditional terms, although it has been updated with more recent insights from linguistics. The coverage of the more complex structures is, to my mind, invaluable, since syntactic understanding becomes truly useful when it can help real-world writing problems, and that means being able to cope with any structure that might come your way. Morenberg's treatment of tense alone sets it far above traditional grammars without delving into the formidable technical apparatus of linguistic theory. I've used the 2nd edition of this book for several years to teach grammar to future teachers, and it has worked well, but the more I teach it, the more I have problems with some of Morenberg's presentations. One of his major themes in the book, is the importance of constituency (the way words, phrases, etc. work together as units). This is a key concept in syntax, and his stress on this point is one of the book's strengths. But he doesn't always follow his own principles. His treatment of the "main verb," for example follows the (flawed) understanding of traditional grammar, even when some of his own example sentences make it clear that what he treats as a constituent does not, in fact, function as a unit. In a few other places, e.g., his treatment of gerunds, he adds what seem to be needless complexities without fully explaining the motivation.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CPTScott on June 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
I first read and worked with this book on my own about 9 years ago and it really clarified grammar in a practical, "real life" way for me.
It has helped me both as a writer and a reader.
As a writer I found more options for expressing myself by having more tools to work with and as a reader it helps me decipher endlessly complex sentences that can resemble a linguistic maze.
By being able to break down those complex sentences to their basic constituents, one can clearly see which parts of the sentence are functioning as core ideas, and which are functioning as embellishment.
This book is very user friendly and is in my opinion an excellent self study guide with an interesting variety of exercises.
Highly recommended
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Zeldock on April 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
*Doing Grammar* is an excellent instructional manual for anyone who already knows the basic differences between nouns, verbs, pronouns, etc., and really wants to understand how sentences are put together (and how to take them apart). Although it's presented in textbook format, with exercises at the end of each chapter, don't let that turn you off. The writing is clear and unpretentious (with a fair number of typos, however), and the learning progresses at a satisfyingly fast rate. Accessible, intelligent, and rewarding.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Berry on October 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
To any fellow grammar atheists:
I hated grammar as a kid. I was taught grammar by traditionalists in a manner reminiscent of morality lessons. And I was the grammar atheist. The results were ugly.
And so I expected grade school to end my grammar career.
But then, this summer, I decided to apply to Ph.D. programs in business and this requires taking the GMAT. So I registered for the test, took a pretest, and 80% of my errors were - you guessed it - grammar errors.
So I wandered through my local Border's grammar section and I found one book that looked a little different - blue, and written by a guy named Max. So I sat down with my cappuccino and inside Max's book I found a grammarian with a mathematical mind. He said screw trying to memorize grammar; instead, understand grammar as the system by which the English language operates.
Max said that you know twice the grammar that you think you do. If you are a native speaker, all you really need to add to your current knowledge is the system by which grammar works. And so I have learned Max's system and I recommend it to you.
If that's sufficient for you to add 'Doing Grammar' to your cart, great. But there's more.
Eight weeks after that purchase, I got a perfect 800 score on the GMAT. And I now teach other people how to improve their GMAT scores (if you live in the Palo Alto CA area, email me for details).
But more important than my GMAT score is that I am now cognizant of twice as many options in my writing. It's said that H.L. Mencken learned the English language inside out to be acutely aware of his options. Well, I'm on my way to understanding my options too. Thanks Max.
Shawn Berry
shawn_berry@yahoo.com
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By D. Rizzo on July 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
As an English teacher who used this book in college during my Structures of the English Language class (and an admitted grammar-o-phile), I can assure any prospective buyers that this book is both easy to understand and thoroughly comprehensive. Presented in textbook format, it does require a little audience participation, but for the person wary of grammatical inadequacies, this is the book for you.
Morenberg approaches the diagramming (no! keep reading!) from a different perspective, namely a "bottom up" method, so readers understand the construction of the sentence the way they see contractors build a house... from the foundation to the roof. Beginning with parts of speech (anyone can handle that, right?) and ending with the total sentence, you as a reader will learn all the names and labels and rationales in the language you use so effortlessly... what pitfalls exist, and WHY are they pitfalls? Do you know all the verb tenses? Do you know why it's wrong to end a sentence with a preposition? It really is, too, and Morenberg will show you why.
Maybe you don't care.
But the hallmark of an educated person is the ability to use our language accurately. Others notice grammar weakness even if you don't care (and you must just a little or you wouldn't be reading this review). In my field, I've decided against hiring those who can't even speak properly in an interview, and I never ever patronize businesses with errors in their advertising or business literature. It DOES matter.
This book is very, very simple to understand while, at the same time, tremendously valuable in its information and accuracy.
Go for it! Let me know how you like it.
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