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Have you ever hesitated when choosing between I or me? Have you had trouble figuring out tricky pronouns like who or whom? What about those always-troublesome commas-do they go before or after the quotation marks? If you're anything like the rest of us, you struggle with these age-old grammatical issues. In this practical and easy-to-understand handbook, Dr. William B. Bradshaw identifies the ten most common errors in English grammar and helps you to recognize and correct these mistakes, enabling you to write and...
Have you ever hesitated when choosing between I or me? Have you had trouble figuring out tricky pronouns like who or whom? What about those always-troublesome commas-do they go before or after the quotation marks? If you're anything like the rest of us, you struggle with these age-old grammatical issues. In this practical and easy-to-understand handbook, Dr. William B. Bradshaw identifies the ten most common errors in English grammar and helps you to recognize and correct these mistakes, enabling you to write and speak with greater clarity in your personal and professional life. The Big Ten of Grammar is the perfect guide for students, teachers, and professionals to use in brushing up on their grammar.
Posted December 26, 2010
This brief refresher course to how to avoid making the ten grammatical errors that, in the opinion of the author, are the most frequently made and the most obvious provides an informative guide to how you can start to improve your grasp of the written language. Such errors, Bradshaw finds, are widespread across the media, appearing in advertisements, in movie and TV scripts, on websites, in news broadcasts and articles, as well as elsewhere in both private and public parlance. Bradshaw states: "My goal in writing this book has been.to provide a practical, easy-to-use, and trustworthy resource that the average person will find understandable and helpful when brushing up on English grammar." Practicing good grammar, Bradshaw believes, can put one ahead in the business and social field, helping to give you the self-confidence to become a better speaker and communicator.
Of the many topics that Bradshaw covers in his guide, the following are those which I found to be most helpful: the use of punctuation with quotation marks, when to use "which" and when to use "that," and when to use "less" and "fewer." Throughout the work, the author provides examples of correct and incorrect grammar, so that one can clearly see how to implement the rules that he prescribes. In addition to the ten chapters that deal with the most common errors that people tend to make, Bradshaw provides a bonus section that covers exceptions to the general rules of grammar and unusual and complex usage of grammar facing us on a daily basis.
Bradshaw is in a perfect position to have written such a book, as he earned his PhD under the instruction of Dr. Matthew Black, principal of St. Mary's College at the University of St. Andrews, who was rigorous in the attention that he paid to grammatical correctness. Bradshaw himself is a firm adherent to the principles laid out in The Chicago Manual of Style: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers.
Useful for anyone who has a keen interest in improving the correctness of the language that they speak and write, The Big Ten of Grammar makes an ideal volume to be kept by one's side wherever one works, and should be acquired by all libraries, whether public of private collections.
Posted July 10, 2010
For the sake of speed, those who type in online chats and emails often cut down words and even change words. The end result is that these changes pass over to the professional world where one's presentation often affects the positive or negative outcome of communication. So Professor Bradshaw offers all readers a compact, professional and simple explanation of the most common grammatical errors people make in speech and writing. This is NOT about studying boring, difficult grammar rules. Professor Bradshaw's recommendations about how to remember to speak and write correctly are so simple as to make one wonder why we never learned it this way in elementary or grammar school. The topics include correct use of "I or me," other pronouns like "she/he or him/her," use of apostrophes in possessive nouns, use of commas in a series and much more.
A useful appendix follows the chapters in which the reader gets a comprehensive use of verbs in all tenses, and expanded explanation of plural and possessive nouns.
The Big Ten should be required reading for teachers, students and anyone in business who has to regularly correspond by speech or writinng. It's also highly useful for those students preparing for college entrance exams. It's brief but important reading that will make a difference that lasts forever. Excellent text, Professor Bradshaw!