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More Nitty-Gritty Grammar 1st Edition

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Grammar guides can be dry and pedantic, or they can imbue their somewhat tedious subject with warmth and humor. More Nitty-Gritty Grammar is the latter sort. An A-to-Z (OK, A-to-Y) guide, it appeals to contemporary students of grammar--be they actual students, workplace writers, or others--with examples they can relate to. Authors Edith H. Fine and Judith P. Josephson call upon Hideo Nomo to clear up the difference between pitcher and picture; Gov. Jesse ("the body") Ventura to illustrate the proper form for a sobriquet; and Cheese Puffs to clear up the double-negative issue. Elsewhere, they refer to Viagra, carrot smoothies, and the Dixie Chicks. For rules that just won't stick, they provide mnemonics. While the book is devoted mostly to grammar basics, there are elements to delight even the sophisticated grammarian. Among them: a section on the correct use of the en dash and reprints of nearly 60 grammar-related cartoons. --Jane Steinberg

From the Publisher

Edith H. Fine and Judith P. Josephson have written numerous books. They use cartoons to teach "Nitty-Gritty Grammar," a lighthearted grammar seminar at San Diego State University Extension, businesses, and conferences.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 1 edition (October 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580082289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580082280
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Better organized and more comprehensive than even the popular _Transitive Vampire_ series or _Woe Is I_, this second book by Josephson and Fine is whimsical and easy to use. It's packed with humorous examples that are current and uncontrived. This is the only book I've found to cover some of the finer points that have always bothered or confused me--such as when British convention differs from that in America. Indispensable!
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There has never been a friendlier invitation to master English usage basics than Nitty-Gritty Grammar until its new companion, More Nitty-Gritty Grammar. I recommend them for all my community college students. Not in the ivory tower crowd, authors Fine and Josephson are, however, astute observers of language ills and, if laughter is the best medicine, most-palatable healers. Their topics are relevant, their well-researched explanations straightforward, their examples fresh and funny. My students agree.
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This is THE ONLY grammar book I can fully recommend to my adult writing students who attend my popular online classes through Education to Go and at the university. As the author of more than 60 books, including Shovel It: Nature's Health Plan and the creativity journal, Writeriffic, I know the importance of learning the "rules of the road." The authors have done a smashing job explaining them all and with style. It's definitely a thumbs up. Yes, it IS a fun read.
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More Nitty-Gritty Grammar and its predecessor, Nitty-Gritty Grammar, are simply terrific! The team of Fine and Josephson have created a duo of books which gently teach an elusive subject and yet entertain the reader.
Imagine a book with a CNN-style scroll at the bottom of each page. Follow the scroll and learn something new in grammar or refresh yourself on something half forgotten since high school. Then, viola!, the scroll also gives the reader a page reference to read more.
Go a step further. Check out the cartoons (good ones like Baby Blues and Heathcliff) for more grammar pointers. Who woulda thunk it? Cartoonists as grammarians!! Wonderful!
Fine and Josephson make their points without insulting the student nor overburdening the teacher. Nitty-Gritty is well organized and well explained. I have used these books very successfully in tutoring adults. A recent forty-five year old student, Cheryl, remarked she followed her book's CNN ticker in her text and "couldn't get enough of it." I agree with Cheryl.
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Fine and Josephson, the funny gals who brought us Nitty-Gritty Grammar Guide are back! When I saw their new book, More Nitty-Gritty Grammar, I snatched it from the bookstore shelf before some other English teacher could elbow her way in. More Nitty-Gritty Grammar wrestles the most challenging grammar problems to the mat. My seventh grade students and I have benefitted often from the authors' clear, concise explanations. We like the cartoons too! I whole-heartedly recommend More Nitty-Gritty Grammar to anyone who wishes to become a caretaker of the English language. Join the movement!
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Wanting to do some writing, and altho' I'm fairly good with grammar, sometimes it helps to look up something to be sure it's done right. Rec'd book in good shape and didn't have to wait long to get it. Thanks! God bless!
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if this book satisfies my sister-in-law who is the best teacher in Texas and probably in the United States, then it is great for my homeschooling.
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On this cold, winter day in January, I'm reading More Nitty Gritty Grammar. Who would have thought that a grammar book could be entertaining? Edith Fine and Judith Josephson have found the perfect formula. Similar to their first book, Nitty Gritty Grammar, this one is organized in an appealing, accessible way. I actually enjoyed testing my grammar skills with the quiz. Their compilation of nationally-syndicated cartoons addressing grammar issues adds visual interest and levity. They explain the rules, state the exceptions, and give plenty of examples. It's an excellent resource guide for yourself or for a friend. I highly recommend it.
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