My Grammar and I (Or Should That Be 'Me'?): Old-School Ways to Sharpen Your English Paperback – 1 Sep 2011
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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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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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!
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".Read more ›
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.
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"?)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very dry book which would be very good if you're interested in the mechanics of grammar but it wasn't to my taste. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Outdated product, should be withdrawn from sale in favour of books reflecting current grammar usagePublished 29 days ago by Mr. D. Tipping
I think Caroline has to decide where the market is for a work of this sort. Much too complex for those in the top-end of a Primary School, and too complex for use in a Secondary... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ray Pallister
I would have preferred a more straightforward and factual grammar book and that is why I am only giving a moderate score. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pam R
Both interesting and educational, just wonder how I managed all these years without it. Every child should be given a copy when enter High SchoolPublished 1 month ago by John.S.Cole
This is an interesting and useful little book. Something to dip into from time to time or when necessary. With thanksPublished 1 month ago by Mrs S Morland