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Geraldine Woods
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April 5, 2011 0470930705 978-0470930700 2
Get some good grammar practice-and start speaking and writing well

Good grammar is important, whether you want to advance your career, boost your GPA, or increase your SAT or ACT score. Practice is the key to improving your grammar skills, and that's what this workbook is all about. Honing speaking and writing skills through continued practice translates into everyday situations, such as writing papers, giving presentations, and communicating effectively in the workplace or classroom.

In English Grammar Workbook For Dummies you'll find hundreds of fun problems to help build your grammar muscles. Just turn to a topic you need help with-from punctuation and pronouns to possessives and parallel structure-and get out your pencil. With just a little practice every day, you'll be speaking correctly, writing confidently, and getting the recognition you deserve at work or at school.

  • Hundreds of practice exercises and helpful explanations
  • Explanations mirror teaching methods and classroom protocols
  • Focused, modular content presented in step-by-step lessons

English Grammar Workbook For Dummies will empower you to structure sentences correctly, make subject and verbs agree, and use tricky punctuation marks such as commas, semicolons, and apostrophes without fear.


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From the Back Cover

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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470930705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470930700
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,032 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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Praise from an English major 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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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for Dummies
This was purchased for a friend whose native language is not English. I was disappointed in the complex sentences and subject matter of the excercises. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Linda Daniel
2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe it's my fault
I didn't like the book and i thought it was volume 1, not 2. Maybe it's my fault, who knows.
Published 3 months ago by Donyetta
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have
I gave five stars because of its simplicity ! Very easy and simple to refresh yourself on the basics. This book is a easy read and when your done you will be squared away.
Published 4 months ago by Deon Harper
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you.
If I would have paid attention in english class I would not still be talking like an uneducated moron. This book is really helpful. Read more
Published 4 months ago by candy a. smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great workbook for professionals looking to improve their grammar
This book is hugely helpful and addresses common grammatical issues in more adult/professional way. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Read more
Published 5 months ago by chauan T. ngo
5.0 out of 5 stars English Grammar for Dummies
I bought this for an in-mate who would like to better her-self under a difficult situtation and she loves it!
Published 5 months ago by suzanne parker
3.0 out of 5 stars English Grammar for Dummies
It was not quite what I was expecting but I will be able to use it to teach my ESL students.
Published 6 months ago by Elizabeth Hague
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for granddaughter
Hope she is using it to improve her English grade. I think it would refresh my language capabiloities.
Gread study guide.
Published 6 months ago by Mary H Shanklin
5.0 out of 5 stars INFORMATIVE
This book is really a good way to review the English language and grammar usage. I purchased it for a client who was from another country.
Published 7 months ago by Marla
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy grammar!
Names in the book are interesting but it helps me teach my remedial class. I like it. It's helpful and provides the fundamentals of grammar.
Published 8 months ago by King Nguyen
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