English Grammar For Dummies

English Grammar For Dummies

by Geraldine Woods
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English Grammar For Dummies by Geraldine Woods

A few years ago, a magazine sponsored a contest for the comment most likely to end a conversation. The winning entry? "I teach English grammar." Just throw that line out at a party; everyone around you will clam up or start saying "whom."

Why does grammar make everyone so nervous? Probably because English teachers, for decades – no, for centuries – have been making a big deal out of grammar in classrooms, diagramming sentences and drilling the parts of speech, clauses, and verbals into students until they beg for mercy. Happily, you don't have to learn all those technical terms of English grammar – and you certainly don't have to diagram sentences – in order to speak and write correct English.

So rest assured – English Grammar For Dummies will probably never make your English teacher's top-ten list of must-read books, because you won't have to diagram a single sentence. What you will discover are fun and easy strategies that can help you when you're faced with such grammatical dilemmas as the choice between "I" and "me," "had gone" and "went," and "who" and "whom." With English Grammar For Dummies, you won't have to memorize a long list of meaningless rules (well, maybe a couple in the punctuation chapter!), because when you understand the reason for a particular word choice, you'll pick the correct word automatically.

English Grammar For Dummies covers many other topics as well, such as the following:

  • Verbs, adjectives, and adverbs – oh my!
  • Preposition propositions and pronoun pronouncements
  • Punctuation: The lowdown on periods, commas, colons, and all those other squiggly marks
  • Possession: It's nine-tenths of grammatical law
  • Avoiding those double negative vibes
  • How to spice up really boring sentences (like this one)
  • Top Ten lists on improving your proofreading skills and ways to learn better grammar

Just think how improving your speaking and writing skills will help you in everyday situations, such as writing a paper for school, giving a presentation to your company's big wigs, or communicating effectively with your family. You will not only gain the confidence in knowing you're speaking or writing well, but you'll also make a good impression on those around you!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764553226
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/28/2001
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Geraldine Woods has taught grammar at a well-regarded private school for over 16 years. Early in her teaching career she worked in a high school with a mostly remedial population, a situation that prompted her to decide what was truly essential for a basic level of correct English. She has authored over 40 books including, The Horace Mann Grammar Workbook and Teachers' Manual for English Literature and Equal Justice: A Biography of Sandra Day O'Connor. She has also published books in children's literature, biographies and various other topics.

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English Grammar For Dummies 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The e-version of this book is easy to navigate and well laid-out. The writer uses every day scenarios to bring mundane grammatical points to life. I am glad I bought this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining, well written, and easy to understand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book have very clear explanation unlike some other grammar books. Easily understood. Covers all of the most common error in grammar.
AbbieKK More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very helpful for my second grade grandchild. Schools now are giving children assignments which in the past years were not giving such difficult assignment for second grade students. Children this age need extra help to done their assignments.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Horribly written. I'm irritated
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Wahid More than 1 year ago
I read this book before borrowing from a local library. It helped me to refresh my grammar which I needed almost after 20 years. I ordered at BN to have my personal copy. The book serves my needs.
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docmark More than 1 year ago
I found this book useful in preparing for the ACT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Grammar for the Dummies is okay to read but the rules are very complicated than I expected. I dont recommend this book for ESL students. I felt that I wasted my money on buying this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the bestest book on grammor that I ever seen. It helping me alot with English, which are a very complicated language.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't like it