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My Grammar and I (Or Should That Be 'Me'?): Old-School Ways to Sharpen Your English

My Grammar and I (Or Should That Be 'Me'?): Old-School Ways to Sharpen Your English [Kindle Edition]

Caroline Taggart , J A Wines
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will do for grammar what Eats Shoots and Leaves did for punctuation (The Times)

Beautifully produced... a lot of fun (Tribune)

If you belong to the generation who missed out on being taught grammar at school then out this book on top of your Christmas wish list. If you were taught, then put it on your wish list. Everyone should have this book, in fact... a great stocking filler for total grammar novices and experts alike (The Northern Echo)

Sensible and concise... shows you how to make our wonderful, fluid language work for you rather than against you (The Good Book Guide)

This book would be the perfect Christmas gift for anyone who is genuinely interested in why we write the way in which we do, or who likes doing what's right and proper (The Basingstoke Gazette)

A useful book for anyone with an interest in the English language and an excellent stocking filler (The Wolverhampton Chronicle)

A useable refresher... pedants will also find answers to those evergreen contentious teasers (The Bournemouth Daily Echo)

It's a little gem that takes you on a tour of the English language (Knutsford Guardian)


If you belong to the generation who missed out on being taught grammar at school then out this book on top of your Christmas wish list. If you were taught, then put it on your wish list. Everyone should have this book, in fact.

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Caroline Taggart worked in publishing as an editor of popular non-fiction for 30 years before being asked by Michael O'Mara Books to write I USED TO KNOW THAT, which became a Sunday Times bestseller. Following that she co-wrote MY GRAMMAR AND I (OR SHOULD THAT BE 'ME'?) As a result of these books and HER LADYSHIP'S GUIDE TO THE QUEEN'S ENGLISH, published by the National Trust, she has appeared frequently on BBC Breakfast and on national and regional radio, talking about language, grammar and Pythagoras's theorem. Her recent books include THE BOOK OF ENGLISH PLACE NAMES and THE BOOK OF LONDON PLACE NAMES, both published by Ebury Press, and A SLICE OF BRITAIN: AROUND THE COUNTRY BY CAKE from AA Publishing. The Sunday Times described this as 'engaging, greedy and droll'. As a result of this latest project she is visiting food and literary festivals around the country, talking about cake. Her website is and you can follow her on Twitter @citaggart.

Praise for Caroline Taggart's books:
- "Caroline Taggart...has carved out a niche for herself in user-friendly, wittily written factual books" - Yorkshire Post
- "Taggart's conversational style is well judged, and her research superb."
- "fun and witty" - Essentials
- "a fascinating read and you might even learn a few things you missed out on first time around" - Townswoman Magazine
- "a fascinating book" - She Magazine

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does correct English matter and can it be fun? 16 Jun 2010
Yes it does and can. If we write and speak English correctly we can more easily say exactly what we want to say and ensure that the person to whom we are talking or writing will understand us. This is an easy book to read. It makes grammar light work and is an ideal way to help young people understand the beauty and precision of the English language. Don't read all at once. Instead read a couple of items at a time! Grandparents should give this book to the grandchildren.
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140 of 146 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 21 Oct 2008
I bought I Before E and I Used to Know That earlier in the year as I need to brush up spelling, general knowledge etc as my godchildren keep asking me awkward homework questions!!!! I had an email from Amazon recommending this book so for a fiver I thought why not!
Very interesting read, I have to say I opened it with a great deal of fear as I always thought Grammar was a bit of a bore - but this book was both funny and informative - that has to be a first when it comes to Grammar :)
Broken down into basic chapters such as spellings and confusables, sentence structure, punctuation, speech and my own personal favourite odds and sods I now feel I know what I am talking about - hopefully my godchildren will now think I am genius!
This is a lovely book - a very nice Xmas gift I would have thought!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Grammar and I (or should that be me?) 3 Mar 2009
A book that I have been waiting for during most of my adult life. I can use it to settle quite a few arguments!
It still amazes me how people, especially in the spoken media, still get it wrong when using pronouns!
A wonderful source for the grammatical perfectionists among us (or should that be "amongst us"?)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unpretentious 11 April 2009
By EmmaB
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a great book if you are interested in grammar. If you need to know about grammar but find all the other books on the subject stuffy then this is the one to buy. The lighthearted approach makes you realise that grammar is there to help you convey your written points clearly, leaving no room for confusion to arise. It's a lovely book too, the cover is very tactile! One minor issue is that there isn't an index at the back which would have been mighty useful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grammar 3 April 2009
By Pashley
This is an absolutely fascinating book and should be required reading for all those students and scholars whose grasp of English grammar is woefully inadequate. Luckily, I had a stern and efficient English teacher and in reading this book, I was taken back over fifty years to the classroom where he made grammar fun.
The book explains various aspects of English in a concise and hunorous way and is intensely readable. Buy it for your children and they will appreciate your pedantic comments and might even love you for teaching them how our langauge works!
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
It is deeply unfashionable to care about the proper use of language and grammar these days. Wince at "between you and I", get annoyed by "me and my friends", question a misplaced and misleading apostrophe and you will probably be dubbed an old fogey or, worse, an "elitist". You can expect a solemn lecture about how language is always changing, and how usage is what counts and sets the standards.

Well yes, language is always changing, and ultimately usage does set the standard, but (unless you are a politician or someone else with an agenda of their own) the purpose of language is to communicate, and not just facts. How we use it also communicates attitudes, how we see other people, and how we want to relate to them. Correct grammar does these things - sloppy usage does not, or at least reduces language's effectiveness.

For that reason this book should be required reading for journalists, broadcasters, and anyone else who supposedly communicates for a living. It is concise, logical, informative, and even humorous. It explains why we use, or should use, words in a certain way, and is fair enough to point out those forms that came about for academic reasons and can safely be forgotten. I wish it had been around when I was studying English at school!

And (showing my age again?) I really appreciate the fact that it is, despite the low price, a hardback.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I am part of the lost generation. 25 Jan 2012
By Kho
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My grammer is awful, as you'll see from my written review. I'm not sure if it is because I didn't learn it well or if I just wasn't taught it well. I struggled a lot at university, my essays didn't read well, were difficult to follow, and I was frustrated because I felt as though I wasn't able to communicate my thoughts at a higher level. My dissertation was so poorly written that I was considering hiring a copy editor to go through it.

I bought this book some time ago and it has been sitting on my bookshelf all this time. I mean who has the time to learn about grammar eh? But I'm glad I got around to reading it. I now own several books on grammar but this one is my favourite. Mainly because it was the only one I could actually read through without my eyes glazing over.

What I really liked about this book was that it wasn't prescriptive and 'dry'. It was fun and educational. I particularly liked the way the author demonstrated poor grammar in a humourous way, making the points they were getting across more memorable. I'll admit, not all of it has sunken in after reading it in one pass, but it was still an entertaining read all the same. I am sure it will take much more effort and discipline before I start writing at a level where I will begin to explicitly understand the grammar that I am using. But hey, it's a good start.

I'm not giving it five stars because while some of the jokes were laugh out loud funny, some of them were lost on me, to the point where I wasn't able to discern whether or not it was a joke or a serious point. Sometimes it left me wondering - "hang on a minute, is this incorrect? If so then why is it incorrect? Is it a joke? Or is it incorrect? I'm confused".
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