- Series: This is NOT Grammar
- Paperback: 124 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (May 28, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1489594159
- ISBN-13: 978-1489594150
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,945,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mastering A, An, The - English Articles Solved: An English Grammar Study Guide [BLACK AND WHITE EDITION] (This is NOT Grammar) (Volume 1) 2nd Edition
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Despite the fact that this book was very useful for me, there are several mistakes in the text. And I have found some examples repetitive and, therefore, annoying.
But I highly recommend this book to everyone who experience problems with articles (or even for those who once were in doubt which article to use).
The concept of the universal/specific context is very helpful to me, as it literally tells me where to begin, and it is probably not something native speakers are aware of (not consciously at least). The book breaks down the selection process in multiple steps and it is easy to follow. The explanation on proper nouns here is confusing and you should probably find some other reference book to understand them, but as far as regular nouns are concerned, the book is helpful.
That said, the book is garbage. Almost every page has a typo or two. I reported 22 errors in total ("Since is" -> "Since there is", "oneof" -> "one of", "Australian" -> "London Free Press" etc). Sometimes the author even misses the word "not", which completely changes the meaning of the sentence. Learning English is already hard enough. Why add more stress to our learning process? Some pages are just a cut and paste copy of some other page, that has nothing to do with the current page (e.g., example #66 talks about a turkey, and out of the blue, the author starts to talk about consumers. It took me a while but I figured out that the author just cut and pasted the sentences from example #64, which has nothing to do with #66... DID HE EVEN READ WHAT HE WROTE?) There are so many typos that at certain point, it became unbearable to read (thankfully, the book is not thick anyway). Seeing that the target reader of the book is mostly non-native speakers, the extra care should have been taken to remove all the typos before publication. It just tells me that the author is sloppy and doesn't care what he writes. I wish somebody proofread the book. Hopefully, the next edition will fix the myriad of typos. For ESL learners, even one typo is enough.
So, the bottom line is, good content, executed incredibly poorly. Buy at your own risk.
Therefore, I recommend this guide to any student of English who is trying to master articles for the writing section of the IELTS.