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Grammar: A Pocket Guide [Kindle Edition]

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Book Description

If you've ever wanted a quick and easy guide to verbs and adverbs, commas and apostrophes, clauses and prepositions, then this is a must-have book for you.

Editorial Reviews


"Behren's book clearly shows that the study of language should not be a 'joyless censoriousness' (Dick Veit's expression) but an inquiry into language questions we encounter daily in writing, ranging from syntactic issues to punctuation concerns... [Her] linguistic training is evident throughout." - The ATEG Journal

About the Author

Susan J. Behrens is Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Marymount Manhattan College, and an associate of the Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College. She is co-editor of Language in the Real World with Judith A. Parker (Routledge, 2010).

Product Details

  • File Size: 379 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge (October 4, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045U9VMO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,086 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a bunch of rules November 7, 2010
By tsaro
There are plenty of books around that tell you the "right" way to construct an English sentence. "Grammar: A Pocket Guide" certainly answered my questions about standard English usage, but it went beyond what I expected from a "pocket guide" by putting the whole issue of proper grammar into a broader context. The author comes at the subject from the perspective of her discipline, linguistics, which leads her to view various forms of usage as simply different from each other rather than "right" or "wrong." She clearly explains the standard forms of usage that are generally expected in a school or work setting, but at the same time, she provides fresh insight into the extraordinary flexibility and diversity of the English language. She also does an excellent job of demystifying the jargon of grammar (for a good example, take a look at Chapter 8 on the subjunctive). Add to that the author's approachable and personable voice, and you have a grammar book that is not just a valuable reference, but also a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grammar can be FUN! December 26, 2010
If you've never had, or never will have, a chance to sit down with Susan and talk about language, then this little handy grammar guide is the next best thing. Rarely are the words grammar and accessible used in the same breath, but that's exactly what Professor Behrens accomplished in her latest book. English grammar becomes accessible, comprehensible, useful AND fun in the Pocket Guide. Instead of getting all wrapped up in philologic jargon (like my Latin and ancient Greek teachers), this book brings the structure of English to life and offers practical answers to questions many adult users from a wide range of backgrounds may ask. Both a handy reference and an enjoyable conversation, this handsome guide is well worth its price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just What I Needed! December 9, 2010
I'll admit it. I struggle with grammar and punctuation; I usually don't know whether to use a comma or a semicolon. That's when I turn to Grammar: A Pocket Guide by Susan Behrens. The most important aspect of this book is that it is organized and easy to use. When I'm confused I don't have the time or energy to search for answers. The writing is clear and the author's approach is straightforward. She explains the rules of grammar in an easy-to-digest manner. She includes practice examples with answer keys. She also includes a series of cheat-sheets to give on-the-spot information. I found the extensive glossary very helpful . I was really happy to find this book!
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