English Grammar For Dummies 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0764553224
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English grammar — made fun and easy!

Speak with ease, write with confidence, and release your fears!

Avoid speech blunders and grammar foul-ups with this friendly, practical guide!
Sick of people correcting your grammar all the time? Relax! Let expert Geraldine Woods show you the way. From pronouns, participles, and parallel structure to adjectives, verbs, and tenses, this friendly guide will put the joy back into "proper" speaking and writing — without bogging you down in a boring list of rules.

Discover how to:

  • Avoid common grammatical errors
  • Use proper punctuation
  • Conjugate verbs and get tenses right
  • Say exactly what you mean
  • Decide when to use slang
  • Become an effective proofreader
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Geraldine Woods has taught grammar for 17 years at a New York City private school and has written more than 40 books, including biographies, reference books, and grammar workbooks.

About the Author

Geraldine Woods has taught grammar at a well-regarded private school for over 16 years. Early in her teaching career she worked in a high school with a mostly remedial population, a situation that prompted her to decide what was truly essential for a basic level of correct English. She has authored over 40 books including, The Horace Mann Grammar Workbook and Teachers' Manual for English Literature and Equal Justice: A Biography of Sandra Day O'Connor. She has also published books in children's literature, biographies and various other topics.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 359 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (July 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764553224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764553226
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Geraldine Woods has taught and tutored every level of English from 5th grade through AP for nearly four decades. She blogs on language and grammar at www.grammarianinthecity.com. 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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6,308 of 6,402 people found the following review helpful By Nikolai Krestinsky on May 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
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).
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108 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Hatmaker on June 29, 2005
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The book provides a good reference for people who want to improve their grammar skills.

However, it is littered with absurd, flaky and distracting example-sentences that nearly ruin an otherwise good work. Just a few examples follow:

1. Bertha has frequently buzzed Bubba, but Bubba has not buzzed Bertha back.

2. Nutrella will position the wig in the exact center of the dragon's head.

3. Two minutes after shaving, all of Legghorn's three chins feel scratchy.

4. Rumpus has been studying marble shooting for fifteen years without learning any worthwhile techniques.

5. Justica will judge the beauty contest only if the warthog competes.

If you can tolerate hundreds of similar example-sentences, buy the book.
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106 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Srebrenica Forever on April 20, 2002
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This unusually well-written book encompasses virtually all aspects of English grammar. It is well structured, strict to the point, meticulous and most importantly easy to use! It sheds lights on most common pitfalls and errors in grammar usage. People who experience difficulties with english grammar should find this book extremely useful. To my mind, this is a must for all students who seek to improve their language skills and to become more effective and proficient communicators and writers! Buy this book today!
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61 of 70 people found the following review helpful By F. Mercer on October 19, 2002
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I turn to Grammar for Dummies for a concise, easy-to-understand definition of any given part of speech, as well as for any usage questions/doubts I am having. I have found this book to be an extremely helpful reference for my adolescent language development grad class.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Dan Blankenship on April 26, 2004
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This is a book that covers all those "little problem" areas in grammar. From when to use a semicolon to dealing with irregular plural possessives, this book is a must-have for anyone in need of grammar-help.
I highly recommend this book to anyone thinking of buying it!
I am a writer, and while my first novel was edited by others, I'd like to try editing my next one without an intitial edit job...this book is my only hope! :-)(...)
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ted Bell on September 1, 2006
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A career change forced me to return to college. After almost 10 years since graduating from high school, I forgot a lot of the rules about English writing. English Grammar for Dummies helped to refresh my memory, as well teach me a few things that I did not learn from my high school english teacher. I was able to pass English 101 with an A (not as easy as it sounds when your instructor is published author and PhD in literature). I am taking English 102 this semester and will continue to refer to the Dummies book as frequently as the class text. I recommend this book for any student, or anyone who does formal writing on a regular basis.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 2001
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I haven't seen a better book on this topic. Very well-written with interesting examples. I use it often.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Serrano on August 7, 2009
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I only took one grammar class throughout my compulsory education years and it was in junior high school. Actually, I didn't have a choice, but I loved it. I really learned somehting and out of 32 students only 2 of us passed, me and another guy!

Anyway, I like to read and am a good writer, but I wanted to revisit this topic, so I ordered this book. The author does a wonderful job. It's witty and funny while simultaneously clear and concise. A good buy!
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