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Master the Basics: English 2nd Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0764135460
ISBN-10: 0764135465
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Expanded and updated is this fine guide to the basics of English which is aimed primarily at ESL students, but which may serve as a strong refresher course for many an ad ult. The basics of English grammar and guidelines for basic usage are outlined, along with plenty of examples which illustrate clearly both the right and wrong way to use language. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Master the Basics
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 2 edition (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764135465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764135460
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #974,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love Barron's material. They are spot on with getting the basics across in a nice and handy little volume. Okay, you can't fit everything that you want in it, but it covers a good deal of the major issues. The explanations are succinct and the examples are easy to understand. For a beginner it is wonderful and for an advanced learner it is good review.
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I teach ESL to adult students from different countries, though most are Hispanic.

This book is excellent for the mid-level and advanced English student. It starts with a self-examination so the students can see where they need more work.

Virtually all your questions, topics & quirks of the English language are explained clearly and concisely with many examples. The index allows you to find your topic quickly and get your answers. It is the best reference I've found after years of teaching ESL.

Most students have trouble with English prepositions and prepositional phrases (at, in, on, over, under, through..etc). This book has many pages with explanations and examples so students can quickly understand.

This isn't a book for the beginners. There are no cute pictures, stories, or anecdotes. It is a serious book which helps serious students with the areas that they need assistance.
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Hello to my fellow Amazonamaniacs,

I tutor English as a second language in my church basement as a mission of my United Methodist church. I have been using this book for about 4 years now (1st and/or 2nd editions) and I find it very concise, complete, and with great concrete examples of proper basic grammatical form. It is useful in training immigrants and children in the foundations of English. While it is a most excellent book, the format and layout takes some getting used to, as even I was a bit confused when using it for the first time in any of my classes. I know that there is a learning curve when beginning to use new resources and so I do highly recommend this fantastic book! Thank you, Sincerely, Carl
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I used to read this book at Chicago Public Library,and I thought I had to buy this book because it's a good book and you always pratice and read this book as you can do it.I like this book and help to me for improve English.
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I have been using the first edition of "Master the Basics: English" since 1997. There are a lot of other books on English Grammar out there, but I, as a non-native English speaker, find this one the most helpful. It is conscise, precise and to the point. This is the only book that gave me clear explanation on the use of articles (a/an or the).
Contrary to one of the previous reviews I have no problem with the explanations of how perfect verbs are formed. It all makes sense.
Warning the prospective buyers: this book does not have exercises at the end of each chapter. It is not a grammar workbook. But what it does have is a pretest and a final test, so you can evaluate your progress.
Thank you, Jean Yates!
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I've been teaching ESL to foreign guests and immigrants since 2002 and, for much of that time, have had this book in my library. I love it because it is exhaustive and organized in the way that I am. I have referenced it many times when creating my own worksheets and lessons, and it has even helped me rethink concepts that I thought I understood well and broaden my understanding of some others. I've highly recommended this book to my students and a fair number have bought copies over the years. There is an EXTENSIVE self-test in the latter part of the book that covers the whole gamut of basic (and not-so-basic) English concepts that is very useful to the English learner, the English teacher, and the casual speaker who just wants to make sure his/her grammar is up to snuff.
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