- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 11 edition (February 10, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118785568
- ISBN-13: 978-1118785560
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.5 x 10.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 692 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation: An Easy-to-Use Guide with Clear Rules, Real-World Examples, and Reproducible Quizzes 11th Edition
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The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation, Eleventh Edition
English Usage Rules Explained in Plain English
It doesn't take a lifetime to master English grammar and punctuation. All it takes is The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation. With over 200,000 copies sold, this is one of the most highly trusted English language resources available. Inside, you'll find short, easy-to-understand explanations of even the most confusing grammar points.
From the very basics—parts of speech and subject-verb agreement—to more advanced topics like the subjunctive mood, The Blue Book covers it all. You’ll also learn to differentiate between the most commonly confused words like infer and imply, its and it's, affect and effect...and hundreds more. Filled with clear examples and self-assessment quizzes, the book allows you to test your knowledge and practice what you learn.
"A sensible approach and a useful guide."
—Mignon Fogarty, author of Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
"This is a valuable tool for my journalism students. By the end of the semester, most copies of The Blue Book are dog-eared and marked-up. I highly recommend this book to every student who wants to become a proficient writer and communicator."
—Cindy Frye, adjunct instructor, Long Beach City College, Long Beach, California
About the Author
JANE STRAUS (1954 - 2011) was an educator and best-selling author with extensive experience teaching English to adult learners. She created The Blue Book because she found no resources that explained English rules "in plain English." Straus also created the popular website GrammarBook.com.
LESTER KAUFMAN is publisher of GrammarBook.com. He married Jane Straus in 1987, eventually retiring from his career in government to help with her website.
TOM STERN is a veteran reporter and columnist. In 2012, his bimonthly newspaper column on English grammar and usage won a first-place award in the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s Better Newspapers Contest.
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In order to receive real quizzes and content, the authors of this book demand that you pay a substantial fee ($30.00 for a limited number of logins - one year or $129.00 unlimited logins - one year) in order to access their subscription area of the website that goes along with this book. This is never mentioned in the description, and I would like those thinking about purchasing this book based on quizzes, tests, and other content to be fully aware of what they are buying (or not buying in this instance).
Furthermore, you really do not need to purchase this book unless you would rather have paper in front of you. You are able to go to GrammarBook.com and view this book in its entirety on the website and even take the menial quizzes online if you choose. Just be sure you scroll down BELOW the actually "HEY, BUY ME" stuff to take the free, interactive quizzes. You may also purchase individual quizzes from the subscription service for $1.00 each. This might be beneficial if you do not want to purchase the entire subscription package but want more practice in certain areas that need more work.
If you are interested in having the book in front of you, here is a little info on it.
The book starts out with an introduction and such, like most books, then leads into the lessons. The lessons are 5 star quality as they are basic, simple to explain, teach and understand. I LOVE THESE LESSONS! One thing I particularly like in the lessons is the "note" section. The authors often keep you up to date with things such as the differences in the acceptable use of the word "none" in the SAT vs. the Merriam-Webster Dictionary of English Usage. This is very helpful if you are using this book to help students prepare for the SAT vs. an essay paper for school. The note section will have current information in relation to the English language as well as other things that may enhance the lesson itself. EXCELLENT.
After each lesson, I would really like to see worksheets, so students (or those teaching themselves) can practice the skills they just learned. There are none in this book whatsoever. You are able to subscribe for more content, however, as I mentioned above.
After each lesson, there is a quiz. I like this feature. There is one con. The quiz is not immediately following the lesson. There is no wording printed to let you know that the quiz is on page "whatever" in the book. You must search toward the back of the book to find the quiz appropriate for that lesson name. The quizzes are also very simplistic. Again, you can subscribe for more content.
There is also an answer key provided at the back of the book, but it is not user friendly nor page numbered. You will need to match the lesson name with the quiz name and the answer key name to be able to locate this key in the back of the book.
PROS: The lessons are fabulous! This will be my go-to book for teaching/tutoring students in grammar and punctuation. You do not have to purchase this book if you would rather learn or teach from the computer/online.
CONS: There are no worksheets to practice newly learned skills in this book. The quizzes are very menial (around 10 - 20 questions and only one quiz per lesson). The book is not user friendly, as the quizzes are toward the back of the book, not page numbered to the lesson, and the answer key works the same way. You may purchase a subscription for more workable content and quizzes (which are desperately lacking in the book) if you choose, but it is fairly pricey.
The organization of the workbook is its strong suit. It is easy to reference a particular rule or topic. Chapter Five is entitled; Confusing Words and Homonyms. It is a concise list of words that are often misused and confused. I use the list in my classroom every day! Literally, every day!
A large portion of this book is dedicated to homonyms - words which sound alike or are spelled alike, but have different meanings.
Why is this important? Because these are the words which your auto correction/spelling checker miss - i.e. they are spelled correctly but with the wrong meaning so you end up looking like an idiot.
The simplest example is your rushing to finish you're article and you use your & you're incorrectly as I just did. Your spelling checker won't catch that so you better be sharp and use the correct word.
Your/You're is an basic example - this book covers many many more plus it covers punctuation etc etc.
I'm glad I bought it - I use it about once a week or so.