- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Longman; 6 edition (October 9, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0205706754
- ISBN-13: 978-0205706754
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 16 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The text starts off gently, introducing us to the concept of breaking sentences into subjects and predicates and going on from there (goodbye, old rules! hello, improved understanding!). I loved language even as a kid, but while I understood good vs. bad writing, I could never properly articulate how I knew. "Rhetorical Grammar" helps us name what works in a sentence and what doesn't, through discussion, examples, and exercises that build gently from chapter to chapter. The exercises are simple but very useful as reinforcements of what we learn in each section.
This is not a workbook; it's a conversation between the writers and the readers who want to improve their writing. Well-indexed, easy to use, and definitely a keeper.
P.S.: If you're getting this because it was assigned for a class, don't begrudge your professor. She or he is doing you a great service by making you get something you'll be able to use for the remainder of your writing career, no matter what your profession.
But I still love it.
A caveat: you should come to this book with a basic knowledge of English and expect it to be a fairly tough read. But it's totally worth it.