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English Composition and Grammar : Complete Course [Hardcover]

by John E. Warriner
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Book Description

January 1988 0153117362 978-0153117367 Complete Course Benchmark Edition
English Composition and Grammar Complete course Benchmark edition copyright 1988. Author John E. Warriner

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 847 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; Complete Course Benchmark Edition edition (January 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0153117362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0153117367
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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126 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect book for most writers and students March 24, 2001
By Junket
I learned to refine my writing using this book back in high school, and I still return to it often. It is very thorough and contains indispensable exercises, which allow the reader to practice each lessson. The book starts out with parts of speech and diagramming sentences, continues on through style and punctuation issues, and finishes with discussions and examples of research papers, business letters, tests of english, and public speaking. This book is perfect for any diligent student of writing in English, no matter what level of competence.
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104 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warriner's English Gramar and Composition September 11, 2002
I was issued a book named Warriner's English Grammar and Composition: Complete Course in the ninth grade in 1979. I am still using it. It is the only book ever issued to me in school which I still use. In college, I was issued another much inferior grammar book and basically threw the new one away and kept using Warriner's. Warriner's helped me through graduate school and later through writing published magazine articles. Right now, it is sitting next to my computer.
Everything is laid out in many user-friendly indexes even on the inside of the front and back covers with page links. Every part of English grammar is stated logically and includes every useful example in the English language. It is simply the most well-written book I have ever touched. My most highest recommendation.
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89 of 91 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
I have a copy of Warriner's English Grammar and Composition from the 1950s. It was an old school book. As a professional writer I found the book to be the best, most organized grammar book out there. Often editor's eyes would light up when they saw the book, frequently borrowing it to consult on specific points of grammar. If this book is an updated version of the original I'm sure it's indespensible. Warriner's book should always be in print. I'm a big fan!
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is all you need July 17, 2003
I really like this book. I am a high school student taking college English as well as creative writng classes. This book has helped in more ways than I knew it could. It obviously teaches your basic english grammar, usage, and sentence structure. Thats not all though. It shows you how to compose different forms of writing, concentrate on mechanics. It gives you references and information on library tools, reference books, dictionaries, vocab, and spelling. It gives the basic idea on college entrance tests. As if thats not enough, it even shows you how to speak, debate, pronounce and enunciate words, etc.
What more could you possibly want? I have never seen another book like this.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable July 9, 2005
I was issued the 1963 version of this book in high school during the 1970's. I won't let it out of my sight! I brought it to college, and used it to teach my kids what they weren't learning in school. Now my daughter's SAT tutor wants her to have her own copy. I'm sure this updated version will prove invaluable to her as well.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By GMak
I have the 1965 (!) version of this book! I used it in GRADE SCHOOL. I used it as a reference in HIGH SCHOOL. I used it as a reference in COLLEGE. I used it as a reference in GRADUATE SCHOOL. My daughters used it (as a reference) in GRADE SCHOOL, HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE and now GRADUATE SCHOOL. My son is now using it! During homework, there was always a call for "Dad, can I borrow that red English book?" There isn't anything else like it, not today. It explains, illustrates and gives practical examples of English like no other textbook. it's built as a REFERENCE TEXTBOOK, something few books do today. Textbooks used to be like this once. I was on Amazon and wondered by chance if it were still available, I'd like to get an updated copy. I was stunned to not only find one, but find that every single reviewer felt that same way about this book! You absolutely MUST have this as part of your personal reference along with you home medical books and such! When your child asks, "So, dad, mom- is it "lay" or "lie?" - you'll go running for this book, I guarantee!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book for writers December 6, 2006
By Nathan
I picked up this book after it was recommended by Stephen King in his book "On Writing" pages 121-122 (hardback). Mr. King was right, this is a good book and it has everything you need to become a good writer. I have not reached that point yet, but I know I will eventually get there with the help of this book.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Helper! May 24, 2003
By A Customer
This text is indispensable for anyone who needs to refer to an authoritative text to resolve grammar and syntax issues.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Standard of excellence
Warriner's has been the standard of excellence and authority for over 50 years. New editions keep up with changes in language.
Published 1 month ago by Logic47
5.0 out of 5 stars Dis buk is grate.
I luv gramer. Thiss buk helpd me do better Inglish. I will recccomend it to awl mi frends. I am smarterer tuday.
Published 2 months ago by Matthew Maiello
5.0 out of 5 stars Great desk top for any writer
Suggestion came from Stephen Kings book "On Writing" he was right quick reference easy guide. Useful examples. The old standard to composition. Read more
Published 3 months ago by SCarter
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended By Stephen King
This book is recommended by Stephen King in his book "On Writing". That's good enough for me - I plan to purchase it.
Published 3 months ago by Mark G. Schieffer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
English Composition and Grammar book is just amazing! This is a really good book for anyone who want to learn English!
Published 3 months ago by Sam Nguyen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Grammar Companion
Great desktop companion for all of those quick "what was that rule again" questions. I'm a professional technical writer, so this gets a good bit of use.
Published 4 months ago by Scott Louviere
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most indispensable books in my collection.
Unless you've recently studied English in the classroom, you can't possibly be expected to remember all the nuances of the language. It's great to have this reference on hand. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have
Would never have thought to purchase this gem, but when authors who show up consistantly on the Top 10 Bestseller list tell you to buy it, you buy it.
Published 6 months ago by D. D. Ames
5.0 out of 5 stars Best All-Round English Book There Is
This complete English course is suitable for secondary and tertiary students and gives instruction and practice in writing, grammar and usage. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kathi Wyldeck
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
A good book to review your basic English and in my case I really needed to review my English skills.
Published 12 months ago by obiwan
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Difference Between Complete Course and 1st-5th?
The numbered courses represent different grade levels for grade or high school students. In the preface to the Complete Course (mine has a 1957 copyright) the author writes, "This book, English Grammar and Composition, Complete Course, is the summary volume of a new six book series. It... Read more
Jan 30, 2009 by libertywatch |  See all 3 posts
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