- Series: Capital Ideas
- Paperback: 430 pages
- Publisher: Capital Books; 1st edition (March 22, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1892123231
- ISBN-13: 978-1892123237
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grammar Book for You And I (Oops Me): All the Grammar You Need to Succeed in Life (Capital Ideas) 1st Edition
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" . . .good read[s]for word mavens . . ." -- William Safire, New York Times
"...a valuable grammar manual written in a highly accessible, conversational tone (grammar books need not be school-marmish)." -- Writer
"Goods guide is as witty and as common-sensical a grammar text as youll ever add to your reference shelf..." -- New Jersey Law Journal
"Oops Me" is as witty and as common-sensical a guide to writing as you'll ever add to your reference shelf. -- Legal Times,
"This is Strunk & White times two. And as authoritative and joyful to read." -- Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
About the Author
C. Edward Good currently serves as Counsel and Writer-in-Residence at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, L.L.P. in Washington, D.C. -- the largest law firm in the world specializing solely in intellectual property law. Mr. Good conducts ongoing training programs in effective writing for the firm's lawyers, many of whom have masters and doctorate degrees in science and engineering. He is the author of 'A Grammar Book for You and I . . . oops, Me!' and "Mightier Than the Sword -- Powerful Writing in the Legal Profession", which has been adopted at Yale Law School and many other law schools around the country.
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Once you read this book, good next steps would be:
- Cindy Vitto's "Sentence by Diagram: Understanding English Grammar through Traditional Sentence Diagraming" (ISBN 1551117789) and
- Cindy Vitto's "Grammar by Diagram Workbook" (ISBN 1551119013)
Edward Good's and Cindy Vitto's grammar books complement one another extremely well. I wish they were mandatory readings for all elementary school children and/or high school students. Then so many students would not have so much trouble writing proper sentences. If you read these three books and work through the sentence-diagramming exercises in the latter two, you will know more about English grammar than probably 90% of English-speaking people.
If you would like to learn even more about grammar after reading these three books, then good next steps would be:
- Betty Schrampfer Azar's "Understanding and Using English Grammar, 3rd edition (ISBN 0130976059),
- Seth Lindstromberg's "English Prepositions Explained" (ISBN 9027211744),
- Geoffrey Leech's slim but extremely insightful "Meaning and the English Verb" (ISBN 0582784573),
- Geoffrey Leech's, Randolph Quirk's, Sidney Greenbaum's and Jan Svartvik's exhaustive "Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language" (ISBN 0582517346) and
- Rodney Huddleston's and Geoffrey Pullum's exhaustive "Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (ISBN 0521431468)
If you read and understand all of these books, you'll become a grammar expert.
If you're interested in phonetics, then I couldn't recommend the following two masterpieces more highly:
- J.C. Catford's "Practical Introduction to Phonetics" (ISBN 0199246351) and
- J.C. Catford's "Fundamental Problems in Phonetics" (ISBN 025332520X).
Terrific reference book for non-English majors.