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  • 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 (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #909,383 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 Readers 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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This is not the teacher's edition that I expected. I can still use it but it does not fully meet my needs.
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By V Jules on April 28, 2013
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The Great Grammar Book lives up to its name. Whether someone needs a quick reference or a refresher course, this book is a great source for either. Today, when so many people seem confused over the simple usage of words such as I and me, and using the appropriate verb, this book can help them to discover easy tricks to remember what is correct. As an author, with a fair command of the English language, I still found this to be a great reminder for usage of capitalization and more complex sentence structure. Professional writer or not, The Great Grammar Book is the one to have!
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This book is so much more than expected. It clearly and with inspiration teaches grammar to help refine your speech. To me, that's a tremendous value. Although we may not like to admit, one's use of grammar can lift you up or lower you a notch in the observing eye's conscious or subconscious. This book is written in a way that invites the reader to sit down with a favorite drink and practice.
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The ability of children to pick up the use of language to communicate with others is one of the most amazing abilities that humans have. The meaning of words is very rapidly learned via the context and the rules for putting the words together properly are learned by listening and being corrected. That human ability to apply context allows for a great deal of real-time error correction during communication, where sentences can be very poorly constructed, yet humans are still able to unambiguously discern the meaning. Furthermore, even people that are grammatically challenged can understand and appreciate when a sentence is properly constructed.
Independent of their ability to use language, humans naturally assume that a person that is grammatically capable possesses a high level of intelligence and capability. Therefore, one of the most effective ways to impress people is to speak and write correctly.
This book will give you all the help that you need in order to achieve this goal. Using a series of solved exercises, Sramek steps the reader through most of the common grammatical difficulties and errors that people make. I recognized many of difficulties that I encounter, there are some rules of grammar that my mind seems incapable of absorbing.
Most of the exercises have the form of a sentence where the reader is to select which of two words is the correct one that will satisfy the rules of grammar of that section. As I was going through the book, I compulsively worked through many of the exercises, reading them through in my mind using each of the options. Once I made my decision, I of course had to check my accuracy.
This is a great book for short courses in grammar at the levels all the way from high school through college and even self-improvement courses. Nothing says capable more than excellent grammar and nothing hints at inability like failing a basic grammar test, so working through this book would be money and time well spent.
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Exceptionally well organized. The diagnostic tests are fun, as well as being important tools that help each individual recognize his or her weak points, so that they may be worked on. Who needs a teacher when there is such a comprehensive and easy-to-use self help book? One big plus is that this book is completely devoid of extraneous words--in a word, concise. We don't have to wade through a bunch of confusing explanations before getting to the gist of the lesson. This book is exceptional in that it is self-explanatory and leads the reader through common but often misunderstood rules of grammar.

It is so good--and so useful--I even forgive my puppy for chewing a corner of the book. It will still have a place of honor on the shelf with my dictionary, thesaurus, and manual of style, as I go about my writing. Thank you for this excellent book.
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