Grammar Book for You and I (Oops, Me): All the Grammar You Need to Succeed In Life

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This inviting book introduces readers anew to the eight parts of speech and common grammatical problems — such as the case of pronouns depicted in the book's title, the tension between nouns and ...

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Overview

In America today college professors cringe at the lack of writing skills displayed by their students, business leaders bemoan poor communicative skills among their employees, and people themselves recognize that they (and their children) have a problem and want to do something about it.
This inviting book introduces readers anew to the eight parts of speech and common grammatical problems — such as the case of pronouns depicted in the book's title, the tension between nouns and verbs, the controversy of the active vs. passive voice, and the power of a verb-based style. Then equipped with a knowledge of the parts of speech and the power of the verb form, Good presents his theory of style and the craft of sentences — including those important marks of punctuation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892123237
  • Publisher: Capital Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/22/2002
  • Series: Capital Ideas
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 430
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

C. Edward Good currently serves as Counsel and Writer-in-Residence at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, L.L.P. in Washington, D.C. — the largest law firm in the world specializing solely in intellectual property law. Mr. Good conducts ongoing training programs in effective writing for the firm's lawyers, many of whom have masters and doctorate degrees in science and engineering. He is the author of 'A Grammar Book for You and I . . . oops, Me!' and "Mightier Than the Sword — Powerful Writing in the Legal Profession", which has been adopted at Yale Law School and many other law schools around the country.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Author’s Note Preface Introduction: Grammar? Like, Who Cares?

PART ONE: YOUR WORD BAG: The Eight Parts of Speech

1 Nouns: Words That Name
2 Verbs: Words That Do or Are
3 Adjectives: Words That Describe
4 Adverbs: More Words That Describe
5 Pronouns: Words Substituting for Words
6 Conjunctions: Words That Join
7 Prepositions: Words That Glue
8 Interjections: Words That Exclaim

PART TWO: WARS OF THE WORDS

9 Nouns: What They Do
10 Verbs: What They Do
11 Word War I: Nouns vs. Verbs
12 Word War II: To Be or Not To Be
13 Word War III: Active vs. Passive
14 World War IV: Clauses vs. Phrases

PART THREE: A THEORY OF STYLE

15 John Hit the Ball: The Basic Sentence
16 Sentence Additions: The Art of Subordination
17 Noun Substitutes
18 Sentence Shapes: The Art of Parallel Structure

PART FOUR: COMMON GRAMMATICAL MISTAKES

19 There’s lots of these subject-verb disagreements
20 We could of used the right helping verb
21 Your leaving out the word “are”
22 You and him, confuse the case of pronouns
23 If I was you, I’d learn the subjunctive mood
24 When writing, your participle might dangle
25 Their mixing up they’re “theres”
26 Bad habits will effect your writing
27 Should you take out it’s apostrophe?
28 Yesterday, the lead us astray
29 Here’s the principle reason he flunked the course
30 Bring along this advice when you go to work
31 Like, I’mlike gonna like learn how to like talk

PARTFIVE: PUNCTUATION

32 Period
33 Comma
34 Semicolon
35 Colon
36 Dash
37 Parentheses
38 Brackets
39 Question Mark and Exclamation Point
40 Hyphen
41 Apostrophe
42 Quotation Marks

A Final Thought: The Erosion of Grammar Index About the Author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2004

    Informative & entertaining

    How many grammar books make you laugh? This one does. The author makes easy going of what could be a tedious subject. Though you will have to work to keep up with this book, the effort is well worth it. Sections at the end cover the grammar issues we most commonly trip over. This is a great reference!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2002

    Best Grammar Book I've Ever Seen

    Reading grammar books is about as much fun as a root canal. I hate them. However, being a professional writer, it is imperative that I stay on top of grammatical errors. I am finding this book to be very interesting, very educational and very entertaining. Within the first few pages I had discovered a common grammatical error in MY OWN writing corrected it. It has certainly jumped to the top of my reference guides to keep me on the path to enlightened communication. Translation: Rather sounding like an inbred hick, I sound like I actually know what I am talking about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2002

    The $25,000 Letter...

    As a business professional, I often convey a specific course of action to my clientele. This client communication frequently takes the form of a business letter and must concisely set an agenda and yet persuasively `win over' my client to a particular thought process. A well-written and professional business letter can differentiate my position and will often mean the difference between winning an account and receiving the obligatory 'Thank you for presenting, but...' letter from the prospective client. Mr. Good¿s book has no doubt supplemented my writing abilities and assisted in my professional business development. Many thanks...

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