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English Grammar For Dummies 2nd Edition

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The fun and easy way to improve your grammar

Do the parts of speech render you speechless? Does the thought of diagramming sentences make you sweat? Fear not! English Grammar For Dummies, 2nd Edition takes the "grr" out of grammar and gives you fun, easy-to-followstrategies for understanding the rules of grammar and punctuation to improve your speaking and writing skills —without ever diagramming a single sentence!

  • Quoting the experts — learn when to use single quotation marks, double quotation marks, or no quotation marks at all

  • Avoid common errors and mistakes — discover the mismatches between singular and plural words and pronoun gender

  • Today's technology — brush up on the proper way to compose emails, texts, and presentations and get the latest grammar do's and don'ts for blogging, texting, and IMing

  • Periods, commas, and colons, oh my! — use a little "comma sense" to make sure your writing is always punctuated properly

  • Capitalize on the situation — understand what words and phrases are capitalized and which are lowercased

  • Rules even your grammar teacher didn't know — find outhow to avoid double-negative errors and get the last wordon the dreaded who/whom debate

Open the book and find:

  • The building blocks of a sentence

  • The rules of verbs and prepositions

  • Tips to improve speaking andwriting skills

  • The latest techniques forimproving your command of grammar

  • Updated examples and references

  • Ways to improve your proofreading

  • Help for speakers or writers of any skill level

Learn to:

  • Get down to basics with the rules of English grammar

  • Improve your writing and verbal communication skills

  • Brush up on your proofreading abilities

  • Improve your grades and/or test scores

About the Author

Geraldine Woods teaches English and directs the independent study program at a high school for gifted students. She has more than 35 years of teaching experience and is the author of more than 40 books, including English Grammar Workbook For Dummies.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470546646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470546642
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When i first come to America, my english did cause me problems. In Soviet Russia i was strong teacher, my english i know is the best in all of Petropavlovsk. My brother, Mikhail, he say to me, "Nikolai you go to America, they make you rich like czar, take many woman as lover, kill many bear". My brother, he is very wise, is greatest toymaker in all of Russia. So next day i wake up, sell my house, say goodbye to wife and children, and go to America to become millionaire. Then in America, I go to job interview and they say to me "Nikolai, you are not for the job here, you are not the skills we need, your english is poor like child". I take that man and smash his table, i say "someday i will be greatest man in all of country, your children will wish me their father!". That day my anger is best of me. It is then i know i must learn better english, so i buy book "English Grammer it is for Dummies" by Mr.Woods. Now i am perfect english grammer! I write letter to Mikhail, he write back "Nikolai, your english is like a god, you will be millionaire soon! all of Petropavlovsk is proud for you! good luck brother! please send letter when you are president or maybe even czar! Hahaha! also, your wife is killed by bear". So i say thanks to Mr.Woods for his book! When i am czar your family will be spared! Hahahaha! (is joke). Thought this review had to live on with the new addition.
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The attempt to amuse with silly examples wears thin after a while. That accounts for the four stars instead of five.

I bought it because it is required for a class I am taking. It explains English grammar clearly and simply. Short chapters and large type make this a 384 page book. It's equivalent to maybe 200 pages of a regular book. We are using it with the workbook, and they complement each other well. If you are really just reviewing your grammar, you might try getting just the workbook, which does have quick explanations at the beginning of each group of worksheets. The workbook also has correct answers for all of the worksheets, with explanations of why those answers are correct.

I think I slept through grammar, which was taught somewhere in my K-12 years, because I remember very little of it and had no real knowledge of things like gerunds or dangling participles. For me the book and workbook combo are working nicely.
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I am currently taking a class called "advanced syntax an rhetoric" which is as horrifying as it sounds. This book has really helped me understand all aspects of a sentence, from the basics to the advanced. It's an easy read and uses sentence examples that are relatively complex (not too complex...after all it is a book for high school students)which is great, because those simple 5 word examples we always get from other books are completely worthless when you start having to analyze sentences with multiple nouns, verbs, appositives, infinitives, and prepositional phrases. So, in short, I suggest this book for everyone.
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I do not have very good grammar, as you may notice from my review, but believe me my grammar was a lot worse. The book is easy to read and good reference to keep. I am not a native English speaker but now I know many rules that natives don't know. Thanks to Ms. Woods. Now I have more confident when I speak or write way better than before. Actually, many of the rules make sense, Ms. Woods made them that way, the writer of that book nows how people think and what is the next question that come to your mind; therefore, she answer you questions if you keep reading. I recommended the book to other friends and I recommend it to you too. Fun and easy to read.
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If you want a grammar book written in the minimalist style of Elmore Leonard, with the off-beat humor of Sarah Vowell, look no further. The 2nd edition (2010) has been updated to incorporate rules for texting, emailing, and blogging. As a college English instructor, I don't even crack open the grammar sections of the writing textbooks assigned for my courses. I structure all my instruction around Woods' books.
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I read the whole book. The book is up-to-date regarding English grammar. The author gives many example of sentence structure and the dos and don'ts. The book answered all of my questions that I had about the English language.
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Normally, I like "Dummies" books. Normally, I have no problem finishing a "Dummies" book. This is only the second time I have stopped reading a "Dummies" book before reaching the end...way before reaching the end. Like all grammar books, this one uses examples to illustrate the grammar rule being taught. Examples are crucial to teaching English grammar. Unfortunately, the examples in this book used such odd names, and had such odd events happening, that it was impossible for the reader to concentrate on the grammar rule being taught. While one certainly did not expect Ms. Woods to use names like Dick, Jane and Sally, one also did not expect to be constantly bombarded with names like Blathersby, Rugelach, Legghorn, Rumpus, Eggworthy, Grunhilda, Murgatroyd, Ludmilla, Ruggles, Ratrug, etc. (Although, Ratrug would be a very nice name for a ferret.) And what were some of the things our handsomely named individuals were doing? Oh, let's see: "Ledmilla's continual attempts to impress Ludwig were fruitless, including the fruit basket she sent him on Monday and the piranha she Fed-Exed on Tuesday." Or: "Shakey said that he had tossed the salad out the window. It hit a pedestrian, who sued for lettuce-related damage."

Who in the world was Ms. Woods thinking of when she wrote this book? Obviously, not individuals who failed to learn proper grammar in school, and are desperately trying to learn it now; or immigrants trying to learn proper English; or individuals reviewing grammar rules, because their middle-aged brain is kicking out so many of those rules. I particularly feel sorry for those who got this book to read aloud to someone trying to learn grammar. Oh well, maybe this book keeps bored English Lit. majors from falling asleep.
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