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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Books (25 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857830376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857830371
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Craig Shrives is a former officer from the British Army Intelligence Corps. He has seen active service in Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. Craig is the author of the bestselling Grammar Rules.

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About the Author

Craig Shrives is a former officer from the British Intelligence Corps. Over a 25-year military career, his English has been whipped into shape by a raft of British and American generals (most recently General Stanley McChrystal).

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Miangoka on 14 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am now in a position where I am pushing out documents to everyone in our organization and also expected to present all sorts of stuff to a Board of Directors. This book has offered a quick reference guide on some grammar issues I was not 100% confident of.

I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to improve their writing. This book has also helped my wife (as she has been out of education for a while) when she is doing homework with our Daughter. Certainly worth the money - and very easyt to understand.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ashers on 9 Jan. 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book calls itself a "dip in reference book", but I literally could not put it down. I found it entertaining and very readable for a grammar book. The grammar points are really well explained and it has cleared up countless grammar issues I've had over the years. (I think Craig Shrives must have been a fly on my wall for the past 20 years!) It's just great. Love it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Blaise on 4 Jan. 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent reference book for anyone wanting to improve their understanding of grammar. It is very well written. The only downside is the very small print. However, when wearing a pair of reading glasses this isn't a problem. I've been so impressed with this book, that I've also bought copies for my daughter, my son and a friend.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dystopian Reader on 8 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Just bought this book and am amazed with the content and how candid it is. I have a few books like this, and this is the best of its kind - not stuffy and very clear. Apparently, this is a companion to a web site but I better not say which due to strict Amazon rules on that stuff. I have already used this book to good effect and shown two American colleagues how to use apostrophes and terminated a rather ugly argument with my sister that has rumbled on for the past twenty five years. She now knows where her colon is, er, supposed to be. This book should be issued to everyone in school today. My personal peeves are: there and their, where and were, and also to and too, but now I have dozens more. If you wanna improve your grammar and you wanna hear it straight, buy this book. It's real horror-show! (Clockwork Orange reference. You either get it or you don't - sorry)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jimb'o on 10 Jun. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I find this an excellent reference book for everyday grammar as well as being an interesting book to dip in and out of.

However, if you already have Grammar for Grown-ups. by Craig Shrives - DO NOT buy this book. It is exactly the same... just a different title and different cover.

I have a copy of each... I found out the hard way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Hassell on 12 Feb. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Purchased this at full price and then it was money well spent. Straightforward very clear and humorous in places. This has to be the easiest way to present what can be a stuffy subject. Well laid out and clearly written, it's easy to pick up and reference a particular point.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By BRG on 31 Mar. 2012
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This book covers everything you could possible want to know about Grammar, from intransitive verbs to prepositional phrases. It's well organized into easy to read, bite sized sections, that are surprisingly clear, even for people like me who haven't looked at grammar since leaving school.
In each section the author explains a concept, and then gives you a number of example sentences; both correct and incorrect, and why.

The book is sprinkled with humorous anecdotes and quotes as well as useful tips and tricks.

The last third of the book covers all the words that people regularly confuse such as Loose vs lose.

This along with English Grammar for dummies are by far the best books on grammar that I have ever read, and compliment each other nicely. Highly recommended. keep it on your desk as a quick reference. You will be turning to it all the time!

Because there isn't a "Look inside", I have included the Table of contents:

PUNCTUATION
apostrophes 2
brackets 10
colons 14
commas 19
dashes 34
Hyphens 37
Semicolons 44
Speech marks 50

PARTS OF SPEECH
Adjectives 60
Adverbs 66
Conjunctions 70
Interjections 72
Nouns 74
Prepositions 77
Pronouns 85
Verbs 89

MISCELLANEOUS
Abbreviations 98
An or A 103
Capital letters 104
Comparatives 112
Misplaced Modifiers 117
Either & Neither 120
Extend a sentence 123
Numbers 126
One word or two 129
One word or three 131
Plurals 131
Singular or plural 134
Vocative case 136
Which, That & who 138

EASILY CONFUSED WORDS 145-237
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I need such guidance to reduce my flowery and long-winded text, both to make my point and thereby save paper and ink. Anyone interested in using English correctly should read books like this before the language becomes a mongrel product. Already current school leavers speak in terms which those of us who left school decades ago, simply do not understand. It is excused as "development" quoting Shakespeare and Samuel Johnson as 'evidence' of how the language has changed: it is, more accurately, laziness and lack of knowledge e.g. 'rocket science' (rocketry is Engineering - NOT a science): 'parameters' (a science-based term in used crystallography, ICT - Information and Communications Technology and Mathematical Sciences) which does NOTmean perimeters, limits, boundaries, etc, but rather a constant to which variables are related. I am a great fan of such books from which I have learned much.
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