Great Grammar Book

Great Grammar Book

by Marsha Sramek
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Arch Press, Llc.


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ISBN-13: 9780984115709
Publisher: Arch Press, Llc.
Publication date: 01/28/2009
Edition description: Older Edition

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Great Grammar Book 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
MargieS1 More than 1 year ago
Given To Me For An Honest Review The Great Grammar Book by Marsha Sramek is a book that is a must have for everyone.  This book helps everyone with their grammar  and writing.  In the beginning of the book is a diagnostic test.  This test shows you where you may need help.  Following that come twelve  chapters with exercises and chapter reviews which take you through the chapter high points. In the back of the book you will find the  answer keys and the topic index. This is a great reference book.  It helps with the correct word to use and when to use it.  You'll find your  grammar and writing will improve. This book would make a great gift to give.  It would look fantastic on your bookshelf. It would also look good on any library's bookshelf.  My copy has a prominent spot on my bookshelf. I gave this book 5 stars but it deserves many, many  more. I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially school age, high school, college and adult.  This book will most likely have  the covers worn out but it will keep on with the great information inside.  I look for more great books from Marsha Sramek.
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
It is shocking to see how few adults out there actually understand the basics of elementary grammar.  Take a scroll through any Facebook news feed and you will see adults who confuse the words they're, there and their.  How many people incorrectly use the words to and too or your and you're.  There are countless adults out there who absolutely need Marsha Sramek's, The Great Grammar book, and they don't even know it.  This easy to read grammar book differs from the traditional college grammar text in that this book gets right to the point and includes the basics of grammar without any extraneous information about APA research formats or overly technical information.  Sramek's book includes the essentials of grammar that every single adult needs to know. The chapters are organized by topics and easy to read.  Also included are exercises to apply what was learned. There is even a "Diagnostic Test" in the beginning of the book to aid the reader in finding his strengths and weaknesses prior to reading through the guidebook.   This guide is like a refresher course on grammar that anyone can find the time to read and understand.  Furthermore, the reader will find culturally relevant sentences and passages which incorporate pop culture and trivia, used to illustrate concepts of grammar. For example, the reader will see references to the infamous iphone, Harry Potter.  This will hold the attention of any reader in contrast to traditional texts on grammar which tend to be dry and monotonous. Sramek has done a lot of foot work and research to insert random clips of trivia, tid-bits of pop culture and facts. Furthermore, the additional helps in the back of the book on writing are relevant to everyday life.  While most people won't be writing research papers or submitting articles in APA format to medical journals, most readers will find that they do have to write an occasional business letter, email, cover letter or a letter to ask for a job reference.  For once, there is a down to earth, common book of grammar that will actually be useful for just about every adult.  With this book there are no excuses for anyone to continue to use poor grammar. I wish that everyone had access to this book.  It is not just for students, but rather the everyday layman- the adult who is finished with school but somehow slept through fourth and fifth grade language classes on spelling and grammar.  This remedial level book might be a good introductory guide for any adult who is preparing for a standardized exam or returning to college or trying to get a GED. The Great Grammar book incorporates and element of entertainment in what may be considered a dry, yet essential subject area. With Sramek's book, there is no adult who has a valid excuse for poor communication  and writing skills.  One thing I would change is the cover image which depicts the dark silhouettes of a handful adults against an ocean sunset and black border.  I believe a more effective cover would be a basic primary shade to give a more scholarly appearance.   Or the author could consider a design with a more abstract cover to depict a more contemporary, pop culture impression.  The cover as it stands does not seem to jump out to the target readership. As a blogger I received a copy of this book published by Arch Press for the purpose of writing this review.  
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Sam-Slam-Hendricks More than 1 year ago
The Great Grammar Book is an important tool for any writer or soon-to-be writer/editor. This book is a must for your library. Starting with a diagnostic test to determine where your strengths and weaknesses are, Martha then explains each of numerous common grammar errors and gives you a test about each to see how well you learned the lessons. From dangling participles to fragmented sentences and their/there, then/than relationships. This book is great help for those of us who like to write but need an editors help... Sam Hendricks, author Fantasy Football Guidebook and Fantasy Baseball for Beginners
HawkeyesJMG More than 1 year ago
Having been a teacher for over thirty-five years, and now working as a copy editor and book reviewer, I have just discovered my "top of the pile" reference guide to grammar in Marsha Sramek's The Great Grammar Book. People tend to either love or hate the rules of grammar. I happen to love them, but still need my reference guides handy when I am copy editing. What I most like about this book is that it isn't only a reference but also includes a diagnostic test and practice exercises for all chapters/concepts. This really makes you face up to your areas of need, but then clearly helps you to learn those skills via the practice sentences. This book not only helps you to master grammar usage but also includes the essentials of composition. I highly recommend it to anyone who writes for any reason. As stated in the introduction, "Whether you are a student, a business person, a blogger, a test taker, or a résumé writer, this book will help your writing become more effective and impressive."