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English Grammar Workbook For Dummies Paperback – April 5, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0470930700 ISBN-10: 0470930705 Edition: 2nd
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Get some good grammar practice — and start speaking and writing well

Practice is the key to improving your grammar skills, and that's what this workbook is all about. Honing your speaking and writing skills helps you in everyday situations, such as writing papers, giving presentations, and communicating effectively in the workplace or classroom. Here you'll find hundreds of problems to help build your grammar muscles. With a little practice every day, you'll be speaking correctly, writing confidently, and getting the recognition you deserve at work or school.

  • Structure sentences correctly, make subjects and verbs agree, and perfect your punctuation

  • Write papers, give presentations, and communicate effectively

  • Score your highest on standardized tests

100s of Problems!

  • Detailed reviews and explanations of everyday English grammar

  • Tips for acing standardized tests and workplace communication

  • The latest rules on writing for electronic media

About the Author

Geraldine Woods is a high school English teacher and author of more than 40 books.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470930705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470930700
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,395 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 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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4.2 out of 5 stars

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Elisa 20 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 25, 2011
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As an English-as-a-Second-Language teacher I was interested in seeing this book as a possible workbook for my students. The exercises--clearly set up with lots of space for you to write your own sentences--were promising. And I liked that the answers were there, right after the exercises. There was no need to go to the end of the book for them.

And the organization was good--from the most basic and essential ideas of grammar -- an overview, then parts of speech, then a section on punctuation, improving writing with adjectives, adverbs and comparisons. Then a good section on writing tips--practice with things that will strengthen your writing, tips to remember, mistakes to train yourself to avoid.

So...this is a good book, worthy, in my opinion at least, of four stars. There's a lot that can be learned from it.

But..back to my original question, "Will this be good for adult ESL students?" my answer was, "No". Part of the reason is the "For Dummies" format itself--humor (sometimes strained and much of it more of a barrier than a help to ESL students), choppy and frequently changing topics to keep the readers interest (but that may be more irritating and confusing than helpful to those whose native language isn't English), and examples/practices that are too long, and too wordy.

So...probably helpful for college-bound students or others that are looking for some practice with grammar, but not for most non-native English learners. Those students, imo, would be better served elsewhere.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Tyson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 15, 2011
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There are a million zillion grammar books out there and as an English major I've pretty much seen them all. Strangely enough, however, I'm actually not that great at grammar. At least, not that great in knowing how it works. I know where to punctuate most of the time, but that's only because I go by what feels right. Which is why this DUMMIES workbook is a great resource for English writers of all levels in the field. The exercises not only allow you to fine tune your grammar knowledge, but lets you know WHY things are done certain ways. Very helpful for someone like me who often tutors other writers and finds it difficult to explain Why things are done and not just How things are done.

With that being said, I must also say that this is literally an English workbook for Dummies. About 80% of the book focuses on the most basic of basics, so that if you passed 8th grade English with a C or better you will probably become slightly annoyed by the novice exercises. Skipping them works just fine, but the lessons are built on top of each other and are actually designed to be practiced from beginning to end. I tried skipping around a little too freely and got slightly lost on understanding the goals of each exercise doing that. It helped a lot if I did even a few problems from each lesson.

Overall, I think this is a great addition to the lineup of grammar books. Geraldine Woods doesn't necessarily make grammar fun and exciting, but she does write clearly and offers an excellent selection of exercises that are sure to improve anyone who tries them. Even experts have something to gain, although I would definitely say that this is a book almost strictly designed for beginners. It is a great addition to the DUMMIES series, but probably not a top-shelf grammar guide for the literary.
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This book is my first experience with one of the huge array of "Dummies" books. My expectations were low. I was pleasantly surprised that this book is exactly the kind of book I had been seeking to polish my English grammar skills.

This book contains twenty chapters organized into six parts. The parts and chapters are (using a summary version for some of the lengthy titles):

Part I: Grammar Basics

Chapter 1: Finding the Right Verb at the Right Time
Chapter 2: Pairing Subjects and Verbs Correctly
Chapter 3: Pronoun Basics
Chapter 4: Writing Complete Sentences

Part II: Mastering Mechanics

Chapter 5: The Comma
Chapter 6: Apostrophes
Chapter 7: Quotation Marks
Chapter 8: Capital Letters

Part III: Applying Proper Grammar in Tricky Situations

Chapter 9: Choosing the Best Pronoun: Case, Number, and Clarity
Chapter 10: Choosing the Right Verb for Tricky Sentences
Chapter 11: Are You and Your Verbs in the Right Mood?
Chapter 12: Writing for Electronic Media

Part IV: Describing and Comparing

Chapter 13: Adjectives and Adverbs
Chapter 14: Placing Descriptions Correctly
Chapter 15: Forming Comparisons

Part V: Improving Your Writing Style

Chapter 16: Parallel Writing
Chapter 17: Adding Spice and Cutting Fat from Your Sentences
Chapter 18: Steering Clear of Tricky Word Traps

Part VI: The Part of Tens

Chapter 19: Ten Overcorrections
Chapter 20: Ten Errors to Avoid at All Costs

Each chapter contains sections, with each section describing a grammar concept.
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