Painless Grammar

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Most students and many teachers think of grammar books as being, at best, necessary evils--but here's a book that breaks free from the pattern and takes the boredom out of grammar. Written primarily for children on the middle-school level, this book mixes parts of speech and proper punctuation with healthy portions of humor, down-to-earth examples, and fun illustrations that will appeal to adolescents. While kids are learning painlessly about how to make verbs agree with their subjects and pronouns with their ...
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Overview

Most students and many teachers think of grammar books as being, at best, necessary evils--but here's a book that breaks free from the pattern and takes the boredom out of grammar. Written primarily for children on the middle-school level, this book mixes parts of speech and proper punctuation with healthy portions of humor, down-to-earth examples, and fun illustrations that will appeal to adolescents. While kids are learning painlessly about how to make verbs agree with their subjects and pronouns with their antecedents, they look at some of the wackier words in the English language and see how they are often misused. A final chapter gives basic instructions for editing, which the author calls a fancy word for cleaning up messy writing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812097818
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Series: Painless Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction iv

Chapter 1 Parts of Speech 1

Noun Pointers 3

Pronoun Pointers 16

Verb Pointers 25

Adjective and Adverb Pointers 42

Conjunction Pointers 52

Preposition Pointers 56

Interjection Pointers 59

Chapter 2 Building and Punctuating Sentences 69

Sentences, Fragments, Phrases, and Clauses 71

Road Signs: Punctuation 77

Highlights: Abbreviations, Numbers, Symbols, and Emphasis 136

Chapter 3 Agreement 161

Agreement Between Subject and Verb 163

Agreement Between Pronouns and Antecedents 173

Chapter 4 Words, Words, Words 183

Wacky Words We Love to Misuse 185

One Word or Two? 213

Confusing Pears 214

Chapter 5 Cleaning Up Messy Writing 223

Chapter 6 Writing a Good E-mail 261

Chapter 7 Getting It All Together: Editing a Paper 273

Index 282

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2010

    High School English teacher

    I think that "gifted student" needs to take a second look at this book, or maybe he needs to look at "Painless Spelling". A gifted student working at high school level should know the difference between "to and too" and "it's and its". I recommend this book to my advanced 9th grade English students and have never gotten any complaints.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2007

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    I edit manuals and create technical instruction sheets. This is my favorite grammar book. I enjoy the humor and simple explanations. Even though this book was written for children, adults will find the information useful and fun to read.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2003

    Almost exactly what I need in a high school classroom

    Elliott has written a lighthearthed volume that is sure to get the point across hilariously, if not painlessly. My only hesitation in using it as a classroom set is the author's use of "a lot of" as acceptable in formal English. Have we really come to this? Must we give in at last to this phrase that subverts the writer's craft. Using "a lot of" "a lots" ruins the writer's articulation "alot." I would like to hear the author's justification for including this phrase in her book without comment as to its acceptablilty and overuse.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2006

    Very dissapointed gifted child

    I'm in gifted classes, and currently doing high school work and SAT prep. This book was to easy. It may be good for younger kids, but it's 'highschool level' as the cover says, is a lie.

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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