English Grammar Workbook For Dummies by Geraldine Woods

English Grammar Workbook For Dummies by Geraldine Woods

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Language English
Pages 312
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English Grammar Workbook For Dummies by Geraldine Woods

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Auhtor of English Grammar Workbook For Dummies PDF

Geraldine Woods began her education when teachers still supplied ink wells to their students. She credits her 35-year career as an English teacher to a set of ultra-strict nuns armed with thick grammar books.

She lives in New York City, where with great difficulty she refrains from correcting signs containing messages such as “Bagel’s for sale.”

She is the author of more than 40 books, including English Grammar For Dummies, Research Papers For Dummies, College Admission Essays For Dummies, and The SAT I Reasoning Test For Dummies.

English Grammar Workbook Contents

Part I: Laying Out the Concrete Slab: Grammar Basics

  • Chapter 1: Placing the Proper Verb in the Proper Place 
  • Chapter 2: Matchmaker, Make Me a Match: Pairing Subjects and Verbs Correctly
  • Chapter 3: Who Is She, and What Is It? The Lowdown on Pronouns
  • Chapter 4: Finishing What You Start: Writing Complete Sentences

Part II: Mastering Mechanics

  • Chapter 5: Exercising Comma Sense
  • Chapter 6: Made You Look! Punctuation Marks That Demand Attention 
  • Chapter 7: One Small Mark, a Whole New Meaning: Apostrophes 
  • Chapter 8: “Let Me Speak!“ Quotation Marks 
  • Chapter 9: Hitting the Big Time: Capital Letters 

Part III: The Pickier Points of Correct Verb and Pronoun Use 

  • Chapter 10: The Case of It (And Other Pronouns)
  • Chapter 11: Choosing the Best Pronoun for a Tricky Sentence 
  • Chapter 12: Traveling in Time: Tricky Verb-Tense Situations
  • Chapter 13: Are You and Your Verbs in the Right Mood?

Part IV: All You Need to Know about Descriptions and Comparisons

  • Chapter 14: Writing Good or Well: Adjectives and Adverbs 
  • Chapter 15: Going on Location: Placing Descriptions Correctly
  • Chapter 16: For Better or Worse: Forming Comparisons
  • Chapter 17: Apples and Oranges: Improper Comparisons 

Part V: Writing with Style

  • Chapter 18: Practicing Parallel Structure
  • Chapter 19: Spicing Up and Trimming Down Your Sentences
  • Chapter 20: Steering Clear of Tricky Word Traps

Part VI: The Part of Tens

  • Chapter 21: Ten Overcorrections
  • Chapter 22: Ten Errors to Avoid at All Cost

Introduction to English Grammar Workbook For Dummies eBook

Good grammar pays. No, I’m not making a sentimental statement about the importance of a job well done or the satisfaction of learning for learning’s sake, though I believe in both of those values. I’m talking about cold, hard cash, the kind you fold and put into your wallet.

Don’t believe me? Fine. Try this little test: The next time you go to the movies, tear yourself away from the story for a moment and concentrate on the dialogue.

Chances are the characters who have fancy jobs or piles of dough sound different from those who don’t. I’m not making a value judgment here; I’m just describing reality.

Proper English, either written or spoken, tends to be associated with the upper social or economic classes. Tuning up your grammar muscles doesn’t guarantee your entry into the Bill Gates income tax bracket, but poor grammar may make it much harder to fight your way in.

Another payoff of good grammar is better grades and an edge in college admissions. Teachers have always looked more favorably on nicely written sentences, and grammar has recently become an additional hurdle that applicants must jump over or stumble through when they sit for the SAT or the ACT, the two most important standardized tests for the college-bound.

The good news is that you don’t have to spend a lifetime improving your English. Ten minutes here, ten minutes there, and before you know it, your grammar muscles will be toned to fighting strength.

This book is the equivalent of a health-club membership for your writing and speaking skills. Like a good health club, it doesn’t waste your time with lectures on the physiology of flat abs. Instead, it sends you right to the mat and sets you up with the exercises that actually do the job.

About English Grammar Workbook For Dummies PDF Book

English Grammar Workbook For Dummies doesn’t concentrate on what we English teachers (yes, I confess I am one) call descriptive grammar the kind where you circle all the nouns and draw little triangles around the prepositions.

A closely guarded English-teacher secret is that you don’t need to know any of that terminology (well, hardly any) to master grammar.

Instead, English Grammar Workbook For Dummies concentrates on functional grammar what goes where in real-life speech and writing.

Each chapter begins with a quick explanation of the rules (don’t smoke, don’t stick your chewing gum on the bedpost, be sure your sentence is complete, and so forth). Okay, I’m kidding about the smoking and the chewing gum, but you get the idea.

I start off telling you what’s right and wrong in standard English usage. Next, I provide an example and then hit you with ten or so quick questions.

Just to make sure you know that I’m not wasting your time, in every chapter I give you a sample from real-life English (with a fairly absurd situation, just to keep your funny bone tingling), so you can see how proper grammar actually aids communication.

After filling in the blanks, you can check your answers at the end of the chapter. In English Grammar Workbook For Dummies, I also tell you why a particular choice is correct, not just for the sake of learning a set of rules but rather to help you make the right decision the next time when you’re deciding between there and they’re or went and had gone, for example. 

As the author of English Grammar For Dummies (Wiley) and a grammar teacher for more decades than I care to count (let’s just say that I had an inkwell in my first classroom), I believe that if you truly get the logic of grammar and most rules do rest upon a logical basis you’ll be a better, more precise communicator.

English Grammar Workbook For Dummies offers a special welcome to readers for whom English is a second language. You’ve probably picked up quite a bit of vocabulary and basic grammar already.

English Grammar Workbook For Dummies lets you practice the little things the best word choice for a particular sentence, the proper way to create a plural, and so forth.

This book moves you beyond comprehension to mastery. Finally, because standardized college entrance exams are now a permanent part of the landscape, I’ve taken special care to provide examples that mirror those horrible tests.

If you’re facing the SAT or the ACT in the near future, don’t despair. Everything the grammar-testing gurus expect you to know is in this book.

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