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The Big Ten of Grammar: Identifying and Fixing the Ten Most Frequent Grammatical Errors
     

The Big Ten of Grammar: Identifying and Fixing the Ten Most Frequent Grammatical Errors

by William Bradshaw
 

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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 comas--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

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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 comas--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.

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"An especially effective, brief grammar resource for general readers and communicators of all kinds." -- Library Journal
Library Journal
Bradshaw presents guidelines and techniques of grammar without relying on explanations of numerous linguistic terms. Instead, his discussion builds upon readers' general experience and then teaches via examples. This second edition offers a new appendix consisting of ten "short reminders" about common grammatical issues, such as whether or not it is acceptable to end a sentence with a preposition (it is). What remains constant in this edition are the concise writing and straightforward approach that benefit general readers, not just students or professional writers. Bradshaw focuses only on clarifying particular points of grammar, and each "big error"—misusing "I" and "me," "that" and "which," and commas and semicolons, for example—is covered in its own chapter. A "bonus section" preceding the appendix addresses less common language questions, such as the correct use of certain pronouns. Unfortunately, there is no index, and the book lacks bibliographic references. For example, Bradshaw's sensible distinction between "less" and "fewer" in chapter eight is not supported with a reference to another source. Instead, he coaches readers to develop an accurate "inner ear" for grammar. Despite his strong sense of correct versus incorrect usage, Bradshaw still documents changing language conventions, such as the use of "good" and "well." Like his readers, Bradshaw may wonder if some day one of his "big ten" will no longer be considered an error. VERDICT While owners of the first edition can skip this update, the book stands as an especially effective, brief grammar resource for general readers and communicators of all kinds.—Marianne Orme, Des Plaines P.L., IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780825306143
Publisher:
Beaufort Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
4 MB

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William B. Bradshaw, a graduate of both the University of Missouri and Yale Divinity School, earned a PhD from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Bradshaw has served as a minister, a college English instructor, and a college president. The author of Fundraising: the System that Works and Sinister Among Us, Bradshaw resides with his wife, Betty June, in Missouri.

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