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English Grammar For Dummies 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0470546642
ISBN-10: 0470546646
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Learn to:

  • Get down to basics with the rules of English grammar
  • Improve your writing and verbal communication skills
  • Brush up on your proofreading abilities
  • Improve your grades and/or test scores

The fun and easy way® to improve your grammar

Do the parts of speech render you speechless? Does the thought of diagramming sentences make you sweat? Fear not! English Grammar For Dummies, 2nd Edition takes the "grr" out of grammar and gives you fun, easy-to-follow strategies for understanding the rules of grammar and punctuation to improve your speaking and writing skills —without ever diagramming a single sentence!

  • Quoting the experts — learn when to use single quotation marks, double quotation marks, or no quotation marks at all
  • Avoid common errors and mistakes — discover the mismatches between singular and plural words and pronoun gender
  • Today's technology — brush up on the proper way to compose emails, texts, and presentations and get the latest grammar do's and don'ts for blogging, texting, and IMing
  • Periods, commas, and colons, oh my! — use a little "comma sense" to make sure your writing is always punctuated properly
  • Capitalize on the situation — understand what words and phrases are capitalized and which are lowercased
  • Rules even your grammar teacher didn't know — find out how to avoid double-negative errors and get the last word on the dreaded who/whom debate

Open the book and find:

  • The building blocks of a sentence
  • The rules of verbs and prepositions
  • Tips to improve speaking and writing skills
  • The latest techniques for improving your command of grammar
  • Updated examples and references
  • Ways to improve your proofreading
  • Help for speakers or writers of any skill level

About the Author

Geraldine Woods teaches English and directs the independent study program at a high school for gifted students. She has more than 35 years of teaching experience and is the author of more than 40 books, including English Grammar Workbook For Dummies.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470546646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470546642
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When i first come to America, my english did cause me problems. In Soviet Russia i was strong teacher, my english i know is the best in all of Petropavlovsk. My brother, Mikhail, he say to me, "Nikolai you go to America, they make you rich like czar, take many woman as lover, kill many bear". My brother, he is very wise, is greatest toymaker in all of Russia. So next day i wake up, sell my house, say goodbye to wife and children, and go to America to become millionaire. Then in America, I go to job interview and they say to me "Nikolai, you are not for the job here, you are not the skills we need, your english is poor like child". I take that man and smash his table, i say "someday i will be greatest man in all of country, your children will wish me their father!". That day my anger is best of me. It is then i know i must learn better english, so i buy book "English Grammer it is for Dummies" by Mr.Woods. Now i am perfect english grammer! I write letter to Mikhail, he write back "Nikolai, your english is like a god, you will be millionaire soon! all of Petropavlovsk is proud for you! good luck brother! please send letter when you are president or maybe even czar! Hahaha! also, your wife is killed by bear". So i say thanks to Mr.Woods for his book! When i am czar your family will be spared! Hahahaha! (is joke). Thought this review had to live on with the new addition.
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The attempt to amuse with silly examples wears thin after a while. That accounts for the four stars instead of five.

I bought it because it is required for a class I am taking. It explains English grammar clearly and simply. Short chapters and large type make this a 384 page book. It's equivalent to maybe 200 pages of a regular book. We are using it with the workbook, and they complement each other well. If you are really just reviewing your grammar, you might try getting just the workbook, which does have quick explanations at the beginning of each group of worksheets. The workbook also has correct answers for all of the worksheets, with explanations of why those answers are correct.

I think I slept through grammar, which was taught somewhere in my K-12 years, because I remember very little of it and had no real knowledge of things like gerunds or dangling participles. For me the book and workbook combo are working nicely.
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I am currently taking a class called "advanced syntax an rhetoric" which is as horrifying as it sounds. This book has really helped me understand all aspects of a sentence, from the basics to the advanced. It's an easy read and uses sentence examples that are relatively complex (not too complex...after all it is a book for high school students)which is great, because those simple 5 word examples we always get from other books are completely worthless when you start having to analyze sentences with multiple nouns, verbs, appositives, infinitives, and prepositional phrases. So, in short, I suggest this book for everyone.
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I do not have very good grammar, as you may notice from my review, but believe me my grammar was a lot worse. The book is easy to read and good reference to keep. I am not a native English speaker but now I know many rules that natives don't know. Thanks to Ms. Woods. Now I have more confident when I speak or write way better than before. Actually, many of the rules make sense, Ms. Woods made them that way, the writer of that book nows how people think and what is the next question that come to your mind; therefore, she answer you questions if you keep reading. I recommended the book to other friends and I recommend it to you too. Fun and easy to read.
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I read the whole book. The book is up-to-date regarding English grammar. The author gives many example of sentence structure and the dos and don'ts. The book answered all of my questions that I had about the English language.
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If you want a grammar book written in the minimalist style of Elmore Leonard, with the off-beat humor of Sarah Vowell, look no further. The 2nd edition (2010) has been updated to incorporate rules for texting, emailing, and blogging. As a college English instructor, I don't even crack open the grammar sections of the writing textbooks assigned for my courses. I structure all my instruction around Woods' books.
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Great help for my ESL middle school student who is weak in oral and written English language skills. He is very motivated; however, his ESL teachers and aides spoke only Spanish to him. That, to me, was a detriment to his need to learn English. Now in the seventh grade, he is lacking the grammar and composition skills expected at his grade level. This summer, his homework from me will be to enhance his English vocabulary and write short compositions with books purchased from Amazon.
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This book was a huge help in untangling the maze of English grammar for me. It's not as dry as most grammar books, which helps a lot. However,there were times when the humor obstructed the lesson. Plus, I would've liked more exercises on tearing apart entire random sentences. So I'd gain more confidence on what makes them tick. These are small criticisms against an excellent grammar book. I bought several others first, but they were so clinical and dry; I had trouble getting through them. I've used dummies books for all kinds of self-help. I've read their books on subjects like Microsoft Access and the 3D software Sketchup. I settled on this book when I made an Internet search for a grammar problem. The answer was an excerpt from this book and that's when I bought it. I outlined it which wasn't quick as it took six weeks, but now I have a stronger grasp on grammar.
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