- Series: The Everyday Grammar Series
- Paperback: 142 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481821547
- ISBN-13: 978-1481821544
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,136,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grammar Despair: Quick, Simple Solutions to Common Problems Like, "Do I Say Him and Me or He and I?" (The Everyday Grammar Series) Paperback – February 1, 2013
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About the Author
Carolyn Henderson is the creator of the lifestyle column, This Woman Writes, and is the co-owner of Steve Henderson Fine Art. A columnist for Fine Art Views and Artist Daily online, as well as a contributing writer for media aggregate ThoughtfulWomen.com, Carolyn is a 20-year veteran home educator who understands people who want to write well but don't want to be bogged down in grammar affairs.
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She starts with very basic concepts, such as its and it's, they're, their and there.
Next, she moves into things like sentences and paragraphs, and helpful subjects such as how to capitalize a title.
She really starts to shine when she gets on a roll discussing passive construction, and things we didn't worry about 150 years ago, such as gender issues and online writing. "While online writing is relaxed, it is not buck-naked. . ." just cracked me up! (See? It isn't a sin to end a sentence with a preposition!)
This conversational style interlaced with humor makes a usually boring subject quite palatable!
Nothing stellar for me as I did learn proper English (well, I think so) coming from a country where English was not the first language.
I have a year old son, so I bought this to get my knowledge straight as to how to correct and guide him, as no slang or lazy English (and French) will be tolerated in my house!
One pleasant surprise (out of many) for me, is how Henderson shows how the overuse of would, can, and could actually weakens one's sentence making it less assertive. Her simple explanation has helped me not only in my writing skills, but also applying in my business where I now understand that at times I need to be more assertive! So.....I can highly recommend Grammar Despair to improve one's grammar! Excuuuuuuuuse me. I highly recommend Grammar Despair to electrify one's grammar!!!