Grammar Girl's 101 Misused Words You'll Never Confuse Again

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Millions of people around the world communicate better thanks to Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl, whose top-rated weekly grammar podcast has been downloaded more than 30 million times. After realizing her fans were asking the same questions over and over, Mignon decided to focus her attention on those words that continuously confound the masses. In Grammar Girl's 101 Misused Words You'll Never Confuse Again, ...

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Overview

Millions of people around the world communicate better thanks to Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl, whose top-rated weekly grammar podcast has been downloaded more than 30 million times. After realizing her fans were asking the same questions over and over, Mignon decided to focus her attention on those words that continuously confound the masses. In Grammar Girl's 101 Misused Words You'll Never Confuse Again, you'll learn:

  • When you should use affect and when effect is right
  • Whether you should you say purposely or purposefully
  • The difference between hilarious and hysterical

Packed with clear explanations, fun quotations showing the word used in context, and the quick and dirty memory tricks Mignon is known for, this friendly reference guide ends the confusion once and for all and helps you speak and write with confidence.

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"For anyone who writes,  whether blogs or greeting cards, and anyone who speaks in public ... this book should be in your reference library!"

City Book Review

 

"The book’s tips will help increase SAT scores and will come in handy when writing papers or college entrance essays. You will find Fogarty’s style to be warm, humorous, and accessible. Become a confident writer and speaker. You won’t just sound smarter, you’ll be smarter!"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312573379
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 190,253
  • Product dimensions: 4.86 (w) x 7.14 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

MIGNON FOGARTY, the creator of Grammar Girl and the founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips Network, is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Grammar Girl’s Quick And Dirty Tips For Better Writing and The Grammar Devotional. Her straightforward, bite-sized tips on grammar have led to features in the New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and an appearance on Oprah. She lives in Reno, Nevada.

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A Versus An

 

Sadly, a lot of people were taught the wrong rule for using the articles a and an. It’s the sound of the next word that determines the word choice, not the first letter.

If the next word starts with a vowel sound, use an. If the next word starts with a consonant sound, use a. That means a word starting with u or o, for example, can require a or an depending on the pronunciation: a unicorn, an uncle, a onetime deal, an owner.

QUICK AND DIRTY TIP

To remember that words starting with certain letters can go either way, set the image in your mind of a man playing a ukulele under an umbrella—an image that uses two u-words that require different articles.

 

Copyright © 2011 by Mignon Fogarty, Inc.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Excellent

    Baby boomer or X generation....great book to set it straight especially for those of us that ditched some English classes back in the day....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    Most helpful!

    I love this book, and it sure is a great refresher. After reading it, I felt more confident about keeping some of these words straight. I never could remember which was correct between "nauseous" and "nauseated" and I know others who always mix up "anxious/eager," and "lose/loose." This book will help you set them apart. There are also some words you might not confuse, but it's a good read to remember how close they are in spelling, but not so close in meaning: principal/principle, prostate/prostrate, lightening/lightning, til/till/until, and so on.

    There are also extra words at the back that Grammar Girl defined, so the book has more than 101 words. It's a valuable read, and it'll be a good book that you'll keep close at hand on your reference shelf and refer to often.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

    Definite keeper - This is a "must have" book for everyone!!

    This book, like all of Grammar Girl's prior books (and podcasts), is well written with easy-to-understand examples. Like most people, there are words and word pairs that confuse and befuddle me. Grammar Girl clears up a lot of the uncertainty around these words, and provides background information on word orgins in an interesting and fun manner. I now know that when I shuffle cards, I'm actually riffling, and after reading this book, I finally understand why my wife was mad at me when I brought home 14 carrots for our anniversary rather that 14 karats (of gold)! I'm waiting with bated breath for Grammar Girl's next book!

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  • Posted June 10, 2013

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    So many, many people need this book. Flesh out vs. flush out. Be

    So many, many people need this book. Flesh out vs. flush out. Because of vs. due to. Reign vs. rein (I see that used wrong all the time).

    I admit, this book has been living in my bathroom for a long time, so I can flesh out my vocabulary while flushing... Anyway, great word choices, great examples that help me to remember... Every writer and blogger and Tweeter should buy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    FOR ALL AGES

    A fine book for teens girls AND BOYS, as well as a nice refresher for adults. The title should be changed.
    LLL

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Great Little Book!

    Being a fan of Mignon Fogarty's service to us word lovers already, this book lived up to my expectations. You can use it as a reference at the point you might be needing to check a word, or you can simply sit and read it for the general information that you can glean and file away mentally for later use. Grammar Girl always states her case in an entertaining way. I can recommend this book without reservation to anyone who cares about our language and wants to use it correctly.

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    Impressed by sample

    After i read the sample i wanted to read more. This book is very useful

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