English Grammar For Dummies

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The fun and easy way to improve your grammar

Enhancing your speaking and writing skills helps in everyday situations, such as writing a paper for school, giving a presentation to a company's bigwigs, or communicating effectively with family and friends. English Grammar For Dummies, 2nd Edition gives you the latest techniques for improving your efficiency with English grammar and punctuation.

  • Teaches the rules of verbs, adjectives, and adverbs;...
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Overview

The fun and easy way to improve your grammar

Enhancing your speaking and writing skills helps in everyday situations, such as writing a paper for school, giving a presentation to a company's bigwigs, or communicating effectively with family and friends. English Grammar For Dummies, 2nd Edition gives you the latest techniques for improving your efficiency with English grammar and punctuation.

  • Teaches the rules of verbs, adjectives, and adverbs; prepositions, propositions, and pronoun pronouncements; punctuation; possessives; and proofreading skills for all communication
  • Geraldine Woods is the author of English Grammar Workbook For Dummies, College Admission Essays For Dummies, Research Papers For Dummies, SAT I For Dummies, 6th Edition, AP English Literature For Dummies, and AP English Language For Dummies

For speakers and writers of all skill levels, English Grammar For Dummies, 2nd Edition provides easy-to-follow, practical information for improving your command of English grammar.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470546642
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/2/2010
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 77,713
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Geraldine Woods teaches English and directs the independent study program at a high school for gifted students. She has more than 35 years of teaching experience and is the author of more than 40 books, including English Grammar Workbook For Dummies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Down to Basics: The Parts of the Sentence 7

Chapter 1: I Already Know How to Talk. Why Should I Study Grammar? 9

Chapter 2: Verbs: The Heart of the Sentence 17

Chapter 3: Relax! Understanding Verb Tense 29

Chapter 4: Who's Doing What? How to Find the Subject 43

Chapter 5: Having It All: The Complete Sentence 55

Chapter 6: Handling Complements 73

Part II: Avoiding Common Errors 83

Chapter 7: Do You Feel Bad or Badly? The Lowdown on Adjectives and Adverbs 85

Chapter 8: Small Words, Big Trouble: Prepositions 101

Chapter 9: Everyone Brought Their Homework: Pronoun Errors 109

Chapter 10: Just Nod Your Head: About Agreement 121

Part III: No Garage, but Plenty of Mechanics 135

Chapter 11: Punctuation Law That Should Be Repealed: Apostrophes 137

Chapter 12: Quotations: More Rules Than the Internal Revenue Service 151

Chapter 13: The Pause That Refreshes: Commas 169

Chapter 14: Useful Little Marks: Dashes, Hyphens, and Colons 185

Chapter 15: CAPITAL LETTERS 195

Chapter 16: New Media, New Grammar Rules 207

Part IV: Polishing Without Wax — The Finer Points of Grammar 219

Chapter 17: Pronouns and Their Cases 221

Chapter 18: Fine-Tuning Verbs 235

Chapter 19: Saying What You Want to Say: Descriptive Words and Phrases 253

Chapter 20: Good, Better, Best: Comparisons 265

Chapter 21: Parallels Without the Lines 281

Part V: Rules Even Your Great-Aunt's Grammar Teacher Didn't Know 295

Chapter 22: The Last Word on Verbs 297

Chapter 23: The Last Word on Pronouns 309

Chapter 24: The Last Word on Sentence Structure 323

Part VI: The Part of Tens 343

Chapter 25: Ten Ways Two to Improve Your Proofreading 345

Chapter 26: Ten Ways to Learn Better Grammar 349

Index 353

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Recommended without qualification

    The e-version of this book is easy to navigate and well laid-out. The writer uses every day scenarios to bring mundane grammatical points to life. I am glad I bought this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 4, 2011

    Very much recommended for young children.

    I found this book to be very helpful for my second grade grandchild. Schools now are giving children assignments which in the past years were not giving such difficult assignment for second grade students. Children this age need extra help to done their assignments.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2011

    Excellent

    Entertaining, well written, and easy to understand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2003

    Very wonderful explanation

    This book have very clear explanation unlike some other grammar books. Easily understood. Covers all of the most common error in grammar.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Tell me

    Does this tell people about adverbs verbs adjectives......?

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    Horribly written. I'm irritated

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    Posted February 5, 2012

    Terrible

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    Wanted my personal copy

    I read this book before borrowing from a local library. It helped me to refresh my grammar which I needed almost after 20 years. I ordered at BN to have my personal copy. The book serves my needs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2006

    Not for ESL

    Grammar for the Dummies is okay to read but the rules are very complicated than I expected. I dont recommend this book for ESL students. I felt that I wasted my money on buying this book.

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