- File Size: 372 KB
- Print Length: 54 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (August 9, 2011)
- Publication Date: August 9, 2011
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005BORI7S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,273 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Grammar Girl's Punctuation 911: Your Guide to Writing it Right (Quick & Dirty Tips) Kindle Edition
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I've had many writers tell me that they do not remember how to properly use commas and other punctuation marks. I've had some tell me that expecting them to use them between independent clauses isn't required anymore--well it is. I've had others blink at me like a deer in the headlights when I tell them that a semicolon should be used instead when there is no conjunction.
I read books on grammar. It's part of my job. It's me making sure that I am not sending my editors a nightmare. You cannot trust Word to put a green line under all your grammatical errors, because when it comes to commas, Word is frequently wrong.
This little 99 cent book is wonderful. Grammar Girl breaks punctuation down in plain English, and she gets the message across about how it should be done with simple examples. Any one who writes or edits should buy this book. It will never leave my Kindle.
It has replaced English Simplified as my favorite book for punctuation and grammar, and not just because English Simplified is overpriced because it's a textbook. You don't feel like you're in English 101 with some grad student browbeating you for leaving out a comma with Grammar Girl's Punctuation 911. If you write, you can't afford not to buy and read this book.
Grammar Girl's Punctuation 911 is a fun, quick way to brush up on punctuation. Mignot Fogarty, better known as Grammar Girl provides the public with an accessible reference on punctuation. This useful 48-page eBook addresses the most commonly asked questions regarding punctuation.
1. Succinct, useful guide on punctuation.
2. Grammar Girl has a masterful command of the topic.
3. Grammar that is actually fun and accessible. Conversational tone that engages the public on what is usually considered a boring topic.
4. Excellent presentation. Good use of visual material to complement accessible narrative.
5. Useful. An excellent brief reference that is handy to have.
6. Focuses on the most important aspects of punctuation. She doesn't waste time by going over needless exceptions; she stays on topic.
7. Like a good educator she provides plenty of examples.
8. Interrobang, just because.
9. Excellent job of describing the difference between semicolons and colons; I can use semicolons with confidence now.
10. Addresses to satisfaction when and when not to use commas. "So, the bottom line is that whether to use the serial comma is a style issue."
11. I actually learned how to use quotation marks. "In the United States, periods and commas go inside the quotation mark." Just like that. In Britain, they go outside.
12. How many actually know what [sic] means? "Is Latin for `thus; so' and indicates the error was made by the speaker or original writer and not by the current writer." You're welcome.
13. Provides link to her popular website.
14. A whole series of books like this one and even a popular podcast to boot.
1. Intended for laypersons. It's brief and lacks depth.
2. No notes or formal bibliography.
In summary, this eBook is a short and accessible reference on punctuation. Grammar Girl is a joy to read which justifies her popularity. As an engineer, I can use all the help I can get and I'm thankful for such a resource. Look forward to referencing more of her books. I recommend it.
Further recommendations: "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (Quick & Dirty Tips)" by the same author from which this material came from, "Word Up! How to Write Powerful Sentences and Paragraphs (And Everything You Build from Them)" by Marcia Riefer Johnston, "The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition" by William Strunk Junior, "On Writing Well" by William Zinsser, "The Only Grammar Book You'll Ever Need: A One-Stop Source for Every Writing Assignment" by Susan Thurman and Larry Shea, "Book Writing Mistakes (How To Avoid The Top 12 Mistakes New Business Book Authors Make)" by Jim Edwards, "How to Write Great Blog Posts that Engage Readers (Better Blog Booklets Book 1)" by Steve Scott, "English Grammar For Dummies" by Geraldine Woods, and "The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation: An Easy-to-Use Guide with Clear Rules, Real-World Examples, and Reproducible Quizzes" by Jane Straus. For more experienced writers, "The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century" by Steven Pinker.
I bought the Kindle version. I find it very easy to go to the Table of Contents to click on the punctuation you are looking for. This makes this book so productive & useful. It is easy to find your way around. The brevity of the explanations are just about right--not too long & not too short.
I am so happy I bought this book!
Fast, easy, and to the point, Grammar Girl's Punctuation 911 is a great tool for authors and bloggers. I find myself ignoring the bookshelf and reaching for my Kindle more every day.