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The Great Grammar Book (Mastering Grammar Usage and the Essentials of Composition) Paperback – 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Arch Press (2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0984115714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984115716
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I received a complimentary copy of this book.
Richard R. Blake
What I most like about this book is that it isn't only a reference but also includes a diagnostic test and practice exercises for all chapters/concepts.
Joyce M. Gilmour
Using "fun facts, amazing trivia, and odd news events," The Great Grammar Book makes learning grammar amusing.
Kathryn E. Etier

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reader's Paradise VINE VOICE on January 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
When I was in school I didn't do well in several classes English topping the list. As an adult with a passion for writing book reviews I'm always conscientious of my grammatical flaws. Wishing I hadn't wasted that time in school. I regret it now so I've tried diligently to make up for lost time. Fortunately for me I have resources such as this one to help with that.

A few years ago I started searching for English books that would fill in the gaps of my missed education. I need to find material that would act as my at home teacher. Several years later I'm blessed with a copy of The Great Grammar book. It opens with a Diagnostic Test that helps the reader assess where they are with parts of speech. It also has several tests throughout so you can gage your progress. The book has twelve chapters and within each chapter are several exercises and chapter review which takes you through the highlights of that chapter.

When I was in school most of this stuff seemed boring and I had no idea how I would use the information once I graduated so I checked out. There wasn't one time I felt bored or overwhelmed with the information in The Great Grammar Book. I believe this book is great for school age and adults. It's easy and relatable for us today.
One of my favorite chapters was the last "Successful Writing Strategies" As a reviewer this one held a special place in my heart because I love to share but sometimes my shares are a bit too wordy, part one of the chapter is titled Write Concisely: Eliminate Wordiness. Sramek has created a great resource for anyone who writes for others.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Bostick Communications for the purpose of this review.

Missy
Readers Paradise
5 book marks
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darlene on April 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is essential with our current education system. Grammar was one of my favorite subjects in school and I thought everyone should love it. But as I get older, I'm finding that I need to review these common rules for grammar and punctuation.

When my boys were in school they were not taught phonics or grammar and punctuation. This book is going to help them so much so that they can advance in their careers. There is a whole generation of people like my sons who got "lost" in the school system and need this book.

I use email and the internet on a daily basis in my business and I see so many of these common errors in communicating, especially the its and it's; there and their mistakes.

Marsha Sramek did an amazing job of presenting this subject in a fun and entertaining way. I'm looking forward to seeing more books from her in the future. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to better themselves because, let's face it, without proper written communication we are not going to advance in this society.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John on August 6, 2014
Format: Paperback
I have used THE GREAT GRAMMAR BOOK in my Freshman college course for the last four years and have found it to be a wonderful teaching tool for my students. Not only is a workbook with exercises supporting my teaching, but also is filled with information,both trivia and historical facts, that fascinates both the students and myself. I highly recommend this book for both High School and College courses. Ms. Sramek is an awesome writer and makes English Grammar come alive.....a very difficult thing to do in today's times. Thank you for your hard work in supplying me with a great teaching tool.
John Neighbors, East Georgia State College, Swainsboro, Georgia (2014).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Hendricks on April 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
The Great Grammar Book is an important tool for any writer or soon-to-be writer/editor. This book is a must for your library.
Starting with a diagnostic test to determine where your strengths and weaknesses are, Martha then explains each of numerous common grammar errors and gives you a test about each to see how well you learned the lessons. From dangling participles to fragmented sentences and their/there, then/than relationships. This book is
great help for those of us who like to write but need an editors help...
Sam Hendricks, author Fantasy Football Guidebook and Fantasy Baseball for Beginners
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Format: Paperback
I am a copy editor for a Fortune 100 company by day, a copy editor by night for a small press, and a writer. As such, I am extremely rigid and unforgiving when I am asked to review and analyze a book about grammar and syntax. I am happy to say The Great Grammar Book (Second Edition) by Marsha Sramek exceeded my expectations.

The book uses familiar and easily understood language to go over the fine details of the English language, patiently walking the reader through each step, starting with parts of speech and ending with a comprehensive chapter on successful writing techniques. The example sentences used to demonstrate the nuances of the lesson being taught were full of interesting trivia, making this not only an informative review but also an interesting read.

My favorite things in this book were the pointers regarding commonly misused words. (Chapter Two, for example, patiently explained that “alright” does not exist in standard English—a pet peeve of mine when it crops up.) There were numerous examples highlighting common errors, all of which made me start mentally composing a list of people who would benefit from this book. Suffice to say, most of my holiday shopping is now done.

The only proofing error I found was in Chapter Five, “Using Apostrophes Correctly.” Chicago Manual of Style, 6.114 notes that the using the left single quotation mark “should always be construed as an error.” Basically, the tail of the apostrophe should always point to the omitted text, which didn’t happen in the section on omitted numbers (Spirit of ’76 was displayed as ‘76, for example). This is, of course, a minor error, but one I’m sure the author is chastising herself over as I type this.
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