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The Great Grammar Book (Mastering Grammar Usage and the Essentials of Composition) Paperback – January 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Arch Press (2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0984115714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984115716
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I received a complimentary copy of this book.
Richard R. Blake
What is especially useful about The Great Grammar Book is that Stramek provides examples for each and every term discussed.
K. Ventrice
There wasn't one time I felt bored or overwhelmed with the information in The Great Grammar Book.
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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
Title: The Great Grammar Book: Mastering Grammar Usage and the Essentials of Composition
Author: Marsha Sramek
Publisher: Arch Press
ISBN: 978-0-9841157-0-9

“This book focuses on the most frequent errors in English and how to correct these errors. Unlike other grammar texts, there are enough practice sentences and exercises to overcome long-standing bad grammatical habits,” Marsha Sramek writes in the introduction of her book, "The Great Grammar Book: Mastering Grammar Usage and the Essentials of Composition."

At two hundred and thirty-two pages, this recently revised paperback targets those wanting to improve their grammar, punctuation, and writing skills. Set up in textbook format, this hands-on tutorial corrects poor grammar while explaining general rules and instructions of proper English writing.

After pages of an introduction, acknowledgements, and a table of contents, a one-hundred question diagnostic test with answer key is given to help readers find their writing strengths and weaknesses. Twelve chapters are included regarding aspects of punctuation and grammar. The ending has an appendix of chapter-by-chapter answer keys and a topical index.

The dozen sections are divided into subject-verb agreement, common errors, pronouns, capital letters, apostrophes, complete sentences, punctuation, commas, irregular verbs, usage glossary, double negatives, and successful writing strategies. Each chapter offers white-on-black topic titles with gray highlighted rules including examples, followed by exercises about the subject as well as chapter review tests.
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