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English Grammar for Dummies

English Grammar for Dummies - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0764553226

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Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Published: 2001
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English Grammar for Dummies - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0764553226

Geraldine Woods

ISBN13: 978-0764553226
ISBN10: 0764553224
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Published: 2001
International: No
Summary

English grammar -- made fun and easy!

Speak with ease, write with confidence, and release your fears!

Avoid speech blunders and grammar foul-ups with this friendly, practical guide!
Sick of people correcting your grammar all the time? Relax! Let expert Geraldine Woods show you the way. From pronouns, participles, and parallel structure to adjectives, verbs, and tenses, this friendly guide will put the joy back into "proper" speaking and writing --without bogging you down in a boring list of rules.

Discover how to:

  • Avoid common grammatical errors
  • Use proper punctuation
  • Conjugate verbs and get tenses right
  • Say exactly what you mean
  • Decide when to use slang
  • Become an effective proofreader The Dummies WayTM
  • Explanations in plain English
  • "get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

Author Bio

Woods, Geraldine :

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction.
Part I: The Parts of Speech and Parts of the Sentence.
Chapter 1: I Already Know How to Talk. Why Should I Study Grammar?
Chapter 2: Verbs: The Heart of the Sentence.
Chapter 3: Relax! Understanding Verb Tense.
Chapter 4: Who's Doing What? How to Find the Subject.
Chapter 5: Having It All: The Complete Sentence.
Chapter 6: Handling Complements. Chapter 7: Getting Hitched: Marrying Sentences.
Chapter 8: Do You Feel Bad or Badly? The Lowdown on Adjectives and Adverbs.
Chapter 9: Prepositions and Interjections and Articles, Oh My! Other Parts of Speech.
Chapter 10: Everyone Brought Their Homework: Pronoun Errors.
Chapter 11: Just Nod Your Head: About Agreement.
Part III: No Garage, but Plenty of Mechanics.
Chapter 12: Punctuation Law That Should Be Repealed: Apostrophes.
Chapter 13: Quotations: More Rules Than the Internal Revenue Service.
Chapter 14: The Pause That Refreshes: Commas.
Chapter 15: Adding Information: Semicolons, Dashes, and Colons.
Chapter 16: CAPITAL LETTERS.
Part IV: Polishing Without Wax -- The Finer Points of Grammar.
Chapter 17: Pronouns and Their Cases.
Chapter 18: Fine-tuning Verbs.
Chapter 19: Saying What You Want to Say: Descriptive Words and Phrases.
Chapter 20: Good, Better, Best: Comparisons.
Chapter 21: Parallels Without the Lines.
Part V: Rules Even Your Great-Aunt's Grammar Teacher Didn't Know.
Chapter 22: The Last Word on Verbs.
Chapter 23: The Last Word on Pronouns.
Chapter 24: The Last Word on Sentence Structure.
Chapter 25: The Last Word on Punctuation.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 26: Ten Ways Two to Improve Your Proofreading.
Chapter 27: Ten Ways to Learn Better Grammar.
Index.
Book Registration Information Back of Book.

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