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English Grammar for Dummies

ISBN-10: 0764553224
ISBN-13: 9780764553226
Edition: 2001
Authors: Geraldine Woods
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/15/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

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!

Introduction
The Parts of Speech and Parts of the Sentence
I Already Know How to Talk
Why Should I Study Grammar?
Verbs: The Heart of the Sentence
Relax! Understanding Verb Tense
Who's Doing What? How to Find the Subject
Having It All: The Complete Sentence
Handling Complements
Getting Hitched: Marrying Sentences
Do You Feel Bad or Badly? The Lowdown on Adjectives and Adverbs
Prepositions and Interjections and Articles, Oh My! Other Parts of Speech
Everyone Brought Their Homework: Pronoun Errors
Just Nod Your Head: About Agreement
No Garage, but Plenty of Mechanics
Punctuation Law That Should Be Repealed: Apostrophes
Quotations: More Rules Than the Internal Revenue Service
The Pause That Refreshes: Commas
Adding Information: Semicolons, Dashes, and Colons
CAPITAL LETTERS
Polishing Without Wax -- The Finer Points of Grammar
Pronouns and Their Cases
Fine-tuning Verbs
Saying What You Want to Say: Descriptive Words and Phrases
Good, Better, Best: Comparisons
Parallels Without the Lines
Rules Even Your Great-Aunt's Grammar Teacher Didn't Know
The Last Word on Verbs
The Last Word on Pronouns
The Last Word on Sentence Structure
The Last Word on Punctuation
The Part of Tens
Ten Ways Two to Improve Your Proofreading
Ten Ways to Learn Better Grammar
Index
Book Registration Information Back of Book

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