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Your concise and fun guide to mastering good grammar

Need to brush up on your grammar pronto? This easy–to–use guide teaches you all the tricks of the grammar trade to help you communicate accurately and effectively. From making peace between subjectsand verbs to using commas and apostrophes correctly, you′ll improve your writing and English skills in no time!

  • Grasp grammar nitty–gritty ― understand what grammar is and how to put it to work in the real world

  • Start with your subjects ― identify subjects, make subjects and verbs agree, and work with difficult subjects

  • Prepare for pronouns ― pair them with nouns, choose between singular and plural pronouns, and master the use of possessive pronouns

  • Construct a complete sentence ― steer clear of fragments and run–ons, join ideas, and watch out for danglers

  • Understand adjectives and adverbs ― find them, place them, choose between them, and avoid common mistakes

  • Improve your writing ― identify your audience, add meaning with strong verbs, and spice upboring sentences

Open the book and find:

  • Clear explanations of vital grammar rules

  • Examples of correct and incorrect usage

  • Strategies for solving grammatical dilemmas

  • Punctuation principles

  • The basics of capital letters

  • How to choose the right words (such as whose vs. who′s)

  • Tips for tackling troublemakers such as double negatives and indirect objects

  • Ten ways to learn better grammar

Learn to:

  • Exactly what you need to know to grasp grammar

  • The must–know parts of speech

  • What material often appears on college admissions tests

About the Author

Geraldine Woods has more than 35 years of teaching experience and is the author of more than 50 books, including English Grammar Workbook For Dummies and Research Papers For Dummies.


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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8cdda9e4) out of 5 stars 35 reviews
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HASH(0x8cdf35e8) out of 5 stars Once again, the stellar "For Dummies" series goes beyond living up to its title 11 Sept. 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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Written by English teacher Geraldine Woods as part of the excellent "For Dummies" series of instructional books, Grammar Essentials for Dummies is a concise, easy-to-use guide to improving one's grammar whether for schoolwork, college application tests, resumes or business documents, or simply to communicate more effectively with friends, family and co-workers. Chapters explain grammar rules in plain terms, give examples of correct and incorrect usage, offer principles of punctuation, tips for common trouble issues and pitfalls, and more. Once again, the stellar "For Dummies" series goes beyond living up to its title - Grammar Essentials for Dummies is emphatically not just for "dummies", but also for writers of all skill and experience levels, whether they are novices seeking to improve their basic writing skills or professionals trying to apply just a little more polish to their final draft.
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HASH(0x8cdf363c) out of 5 stars Great book 22 May 2011
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This book is well writen and helps with those nagging areas where if you are like me you need help with. It is easy to read and understand. Try it you will like it!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cdf3918) out of 5 stars Everything you need and nothing you don't, Grammar for Dummies works. 17 Oct. 2012
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With this little book and Strunk and White, I feel grammatically safe no matter what I write. The author has great fun with her subject, and obviously enjoys it and her enjoyment is infectious. I read it for the fun of it--NO, I AM NOT MENTALLY ILL--this is simply a great little book.
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HASH(0x8cdf3810) out of 5 stars For beginners 8 April 2012
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Very good!!

I found that it gives a good idea on the English Grammar enough for a beginner!
I will be very glad if I could have some more examples.
HASH(0x8cdf39fc) out of 5 stars Handy and informative 15 Feb. 2014
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I bought this book on grammar because I was helping an adult friend develop her use of the language and wanted to be sure my memory was correct on verbs and adverbs. The book does a decent job regarding putting sentences together correctly and is easy enough to understand, I'm entertaining the idea I can turn it over to my friend and let her learn on her own.
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