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
39 Question Mark and Exclamation Point
42 Quotation Marks
A Final Thought: The Erosion of Grammar Index About the Author.
Grammar Book For You And I (Oops Me): All that Grammar You Need to Succeed in Life / Edition 1by C. Edward Good
Pub. Date: 03/15/2002
Publisher: Capital Books, Incorporated
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.
"What fun! Here's a book that is easy-to-understand, full of clear and concrete examples of usage, and just plain entertaining to read. I never thought I'd say that about a grammar book…. From the first page of the preface, where the author explains why he wrote this book, I was hooked. As a matter of fact, as I was reading the preface, my husband wanted to know why I was laughing…. This book would work well as a grammar course for a high school student or as a reference for a parent who needs to brush up on grammar skills before teaching grammar….I definitely recommend this book. I learned a great deal in the reading, and it is on my list of must-reads for my high school student. After she's done with it, it'll go on the shelf for future reference. As you can see, it is a useful book." -- Jean Hall, The Eclectic Homeschool Online
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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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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.