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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; First edition edition (5 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007288085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007288083
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Graham King was formerly a senior marketing manager with News International, where he developed an understanding of the need to express oneself with clarity. He subsequently created the bestselling Sunday Times One-Hour-Wordpower Library.


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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Meldorf on 21 April 2006
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I picked up this book in our local library half-heartedly. When I got in home I was drawn in by its easy style. I am one of many from that 'lost generation' who learned no formal grammar at school. This book at once got me interested and I realised that it isn't too late or difficult to learn.

I thought I might see what my ten year old daughter made of it and was surprised when she found it as compulsive reading as I had.

This book is comprehensive without being overwhelming.

Of course we now have our own copy.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John Dexter on 10 Mar. 2011
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Anyone familiar with the One Hour Wordpower series of the 1990s will appreciate the skill and wit that Graham King brought to his work; undoubtedly, Improve Your Grammar preserves King's reputation as a funny and lucid communicator.

As an aid to revising long-forgotten grammatical ability, this is a fine text that will help restore former skills quickly and King's quirky style and, at times, bawdy humour makes the experience thoroughly enjoyable. However, as an introductory text to English, the book is less successful: a dearth of self-assessment tests and an absence of grammar drills deprive readers of opportunities to practise newly acquired skills and thus, consolidate knowledge.

For those learning English as a second language or beginning their education in English, there are more suitable alternatives: for the rest of us, this is perfect.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By audiorealis on 20 Jan. 2010
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Having just started teaching English as a second language, I needed a grammar book to brush up on the basics. I tried a few others, and whilst the others weren't bad, this made everything considerably easy. I'd definitely recommend this book if you'd like to improve your grammar.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. Bennett on 29 Jun. 2009
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This book is very well written and easy to read. The only reason why I didn't give it maximum stars is that it could do with more examples for some of the more complex terms. Having said that, I doubt you will find a better book on the subject.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bedwin Sands on 20 Jun. 2008
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I highly recommend this book. It covers all the grammar and punctuation rules you'll need, broken down into simple, logical steps. The content seems comprehensive and I'm sure it would be a useful and interesting read for those of any writing ability. You can work through from cover to cover if you wish, making use of the little exams at the end of each chapter to test your knowledge, or you can simply use it as a reference to fill in the gaps. The benefits of this book far outweigh any worries you should have about admitting your grammar weaknesses, and improving upon them. I did get a little stick on lunch breaks at work for reading this, but that was all worth it now I'm using verbs, adjectives and semi-colons like a pro!

I'm struggling to think of any shortcomings this book has. The only downside I can see is that the formatting inside may be a little too cute and 'kiddish' for some adults, although obviously a benefit if you're actually a child.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By cmovie83 on 4 Feb. 2011
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Very easy read, the book suggests clever tricks to remember grammar rules. Felt more connfident about my English after reading it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By david on 24 Jan. 2013
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Wow this book is a must for anyone who wants to show that they can speak the English language as it should be spoken.
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By SV37 on 5 April 2013
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A nice book i read before i started teaching English as a second language. The good thing about the book is that it explains grammar to the reader as though they are being spoken to, like a teacher and it gives good encouragement with humour that prepares new teachers to explain grammar themselves as opposed to just speaking from a textbook rigidly.
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