- Series: Easy Way Series
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 4 edition (January 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764119753
- ISBN-13: 978-0764119750
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 7.8 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,801,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In my opinion this is a brush up kind of "course" on English, but not a very good one. The authors think that definitions alone will cause one to understand what the parts of English are, and a few examples suffice to show the reader how to incorporate the idea into writing, speaking or whatever. It doesn't work. Once a concept has been covered the next part of the book assumes the student now has that down pat and the authors do not spend enough time explaining how these parts of speech relate to one another or how they might be critical in good writing.
Look elsewhere for an English course.
There's nothing "easy" about the garbled presentation of the present perfect and the past perfect and the examples they give of what they think illustrate the proper uses of them. This book is a mess, IN THIS ONE REGARD only. This commentary applies only to the two tenses. Their witless blundering on these two may or may not reflect on the whole text. I personally am inclined to believe that if authors can't be relied upon in one area, they are probably not to be relied upon in other areas of their subject. If they were inclined to heed good advice before they went to press, this would not happen. They obviously don't take advice. Some people are like that. Buyer beware.
English the Easy Way, Harriet Diamond & Phyllis Dutwin, © 2013.
page 78. Common Misuses of 'Had'.
The only correct use of the helping word 'had' in this sentence:
I had commuted two hours each way before I moved to the city. WRONG.
Practice II. Directions: Blacken the circle that corresponds to the number of the incorrect sentence in each group.
Circle the one sentence that is in error.
(1) John Milton had become immortalized before Ernest Hemingway was born.
(2) Jean had driven 15 miles before she had realized she was going north instead of south.
(3) Prior to purchasing a new one, our old refrigerator had needed repair every six to eight weeks.
If the reader circles one incorrect sentence, two incorrect sentences will remain. All three are wrong.
This is too mixed up to unscramble. It's clear the authors do not know what they're talking about. They are floundering.
For example, "EL because the sound is 'a' as in HAY. Some examples are freight, veil, neigh."
There are several more examples, and this is unacceptable since this is a book that is supposed to help people spell correctly!