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Geraldine Woods
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February 2, 2010 0470546646 978-0470546642 2
The fun and easy way to improve your grammar

Enhancing your speaking and writing skills helps in everyday situations, such as writing a paper for school, giving a presentation to a company's bigwigs, or communicating effectively with family and friends. English Grammar For Dummies, 2nd Edition gives you the latest techniques for improving your efficiency with English grammar and punctuation.

  • Teaches the rules of verbs, adjectives, and adverbs; prepositions, propositions, and pronoun pronouncements; punctuation; possessives; and proofreading skills for all communication
  • Geraldine Woods is the author of English Grammar Workbook For Dummies, College Admission Essays For Dummies, Research Papers For Dummies, SAT I For Dummies, 6th Edition, AP English Literature For Dummies, and AP English Language For Dummies

For speakers and writers of all skill levels, English Grammar For Dummies, 2nd Edition provides easy-to-follow, practical information for improving your command of English grammar.


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From the Back Cover

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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470546646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470546642
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Geraldine Woods has taught and tutored every level of English from 5th grade through AP for nearly four decades. She's the author of more than 40 books, including numerous books published by Wiley: English Grammar For Dummies, English Grammar Workbook For Dummies, Research Papers For Dummies, College Admissions Essays For Dummies, SAT I For Dummies, AP English Literature and Composition For Dummies, AP English Language and Composition For Dummies, and Punctuation: Simplified and Applied. She loves her family, the Yankees, New York City, and Chinese food.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear and Concise April 18, 2010
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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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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By Aladdin
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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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have May 1, 2011
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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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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Grammar Book for All Levels of Writers April 22, 2011
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good resource November 25, 2011
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My husband is an English teacher, and he references this book sometimes when coming up with lesson ideas for his high school students. This is a great resource for anyone who wants to brush up on their grammar.
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53 of 76 people found the following review helpful
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Understand April 19, 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars So you didn't learn it the first time... November 22, 2013
By L5
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This book was purchased for a kid that did not pay attention in English class and later discovered that he really needed those skills. Just love those comics.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ... too wordy and I found the Blue Book the better purchase for me
A bit too wordy and I found the Blue Book the better purchase for me.
Published 9 days ago by Gregory N. Gaspar
5.0 out of 5 stars me grammar so gooder now
when first born i was, me get not grammar. now me is gooder then ever at grammar! This book helpeded me greater, you should this book read two!
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Not what I expected. I am no dummy, and I don't like the term !!!! I still don't like the term !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Published 25 days ago by Sunshine
4.0 out of 5 stars Good guide for ESL
Working with people who are ESL learners who are trying to up their game for better jobs and social communication. Solid guide for this particular task.
Published 1 month ago by ShopThis
5.0 out of 5 stars Is best book Ever!
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. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tommy Madison
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
I have worked in schools with children from grade 3 up through 12. I'm not a teacher but I do assist children with their work. The teachers don't seem to know usage themselves. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Petunia's Mom
1.0 out of 5 stars Its wiriting language is so difficult.
I bought it but I think It's writing language is so difficult for learner. I do not recommend it to you. I can select another simpler grammar book.
Published 3 months ago by Eser Yelkenci
5.0 out of 5 stars English grammer for dummies
THE BOOK WAS VERY ESSENTIAL TO ME IN HELPING A FRIEND OUT IN LEARNING THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. THE BOOK HELPED US A LOT.
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