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3.0 out of 5 stars A difficult read - not very helpful for beginners., 5 April 2012
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This review is from: My Grammar and I (Or Should That Be 'Me'?): Old-School Ways to Sharpen Your English (Hardcover)
I found this book quite impenetrable and as a result my poor grammar is for now untouched. Whilst I have no doubt the rules covered are up to scratch, the way they are presented is lacking. The book lacks any form of structure or clear lesson planning. Particularly with the lack of index (a fatal error for a non-fiction book), your only hope is to read it from start to finish in one go like a fiction book; there is no way of simply dipping into specific areas. The book is also heavily padded out with anecdotes, jokes, quotes and the like, meaning the parts you actually need to learn are spread about all over the place (making the material required for learning appear doubled and intimidating). I would have liked each chapter to open clearly with what will be learned, then outline the rules fully, and then have a practice section. I found there is nothing to really drill the rules into memory, its all instantly forgettable. Also there is a lack of explanation in some areas whereby prior knowledge and understanding is presumed. Overall I'd say this book is definitely not one for beginners (those with no prior grammar education), which judging by the marketing is in part the intended audience.
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Initial post: 5 Sep 2012 17:44:38 BDT
M. Burnell says:
I have not read the book but judging by your critique I do not think you are desperate for the contents of it.

Posted on 15 Aug 2015 14:11:06 BDT
mike samuels says:
Erm, you should have written, "I should have liked...." Soz.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Dec 2015 08:03:58 GMT
Anthony Wild says:
That's like saying 'You should've said "I shall" instead of "I will". Somewhat prescriptive

'Victorian' advice..

Posted on 5 Feb 2016 14:54:45 GMT
the Bear says:
It's not a book designed to teach; it's a book to explain what you have already learned to do without questioning why.
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