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My Grammar and I (Or Should That Be 'Me'?): Old-School Ways to Sharpen Your English Format Kindle
|Longueur : 193 pages||Langue : Anglais|
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The book is divided into five chapters: Spelling and Confusables, Parts of Speech, Sentence Structure, Punctuation, and Odds and Ends (Or, Elements of Style). Each chapter lays out the basic rules and examples in a systematic fashion, then quickly lists the most common mistakes.
I was eager to review My Grammar and I...Or Should That Be Me? because of those occasional moments when I'd pause and have to think about the rules for certain things. My spelling skills aren't the strongest and I benefit from having a dictionary on hand. The commonly misspelled words section and the "What Do You Call a Group of?" were interesting.
I appreciate the book most for the errors that it's helped me correct. Here are a few of the things that the book helped clarify:
* Not to capitalize the names of seasons: to write autumn instead of Autumn
* To write "Happy Birthday, Jim and Bea" instead of "Happy birthday, Jim and Bea"
* The plural of talisman is not talismen but talismans
* That the plural of dwarf is dwarfs, but I still think that dwarves is acceptable
* That the singular of graffiti is graffitto and papparazzi is papparazzo, though I'll likely just revise whatever I'm writing to keep using the plural. Graffito sounds strange to me!
* That you're never bored of - instead you're bored by or bored with
Here's a quote that the book uses to demonstrate the proper use of commas, taken from Dick King-Smith's novel Poppet: "He asked beetles and grubs and worms and caterpillars and little lizards and small frogs, and some replied jokily and some replied angrily and some didn't answer." Can you think of ads or signs that have incorrect punctuation?
My Grammar and I...Or Should That Be Me? How To Speak and Write It Right is published by Reader's Digest. It's part of a series that includes i before e (except after c): old school ways to remember stuff by Judy Parkinson and I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot From School by Caroline Taggart.
Thanks so much to Julie and FSB Associates for this opportunity!
I discovered several things I'm saying and writing incorrectly. The lay/lie word usage has always kept me confused, yet I've been using some words incorrectly and didn't even know it! Some examples of words I've been misusing:
lend/loan - I am supposed to lend money, not loan it. Loan is a noun. Oops on me!
aggravate/annoy - I get `aggravated' by people a lot - yes, I have a patience issue. Apparently, the correct word is `annoyed'. I've learned that you can only `aggravate' a situation, problem or condition, not a person.
It is good to know that I do know some of the grammar rules in this book. It is disappointing to find out I don't know as much as I thought it did!
This book will be a handy resource for my my teenagers and myself.
Oh, just to clarify, I was correct in my thinking on the word usage I was out to prove. (Using `I' as the subject and `me' as the object in sentences.) However, I have been humbled by the discovery of my own misusage of words.
Just For Fun
Not that I've ever seen a group of owls, but if you do, be sure to refer to them as a parliament. (There is a 2-page section of animals and what they are called when in a group.)
I received a copy of this book from FSB Media in exchange for my honest review.
Caroline Taggart and J.A. Wines have put together an easy to understand guide to grammar in their My Grammar and I...Or Should That Be Me?-How to speak and Write it Right. The book comes across as the big brother version of another grammar book I recently reviewed entitled Write (Or Is That "Right"?) Every Time. My Grammar and I is a book which I think would be of benefit to students ranging from seventh grade through college and beyond. The book covers many areas of grammar which many people typically bungle. Pretty much, if it's something that would make a grammar teacher want to pull out her hair and scream, it's explained in this book with easy to understand explanations.
If you're a grammar geek and you think you know it all, you'll likely be amused by the Smart Aleck asides that are sprinkled throughout the text. There are many other occasions for the grammar expert to learn a few new things as he pages through this book.
Having been afforded the opportunity to read this book and Write (Or Is That "Right"?) Every Time, I would only recommend this book for students who aren't going to totally glaze over at the sight of this book. While it has some fun facts, it certainly has a more serious focus than the other title which is geared to a younger audience. Older grammar geeks, like myself, will also appreciate My Grammar and I. This book is certainly a nice reference book to have on hand for those moments when those pesky grammar questions arise.
I was provided with a complimentary review copy of this book by FSB Media in exchange for my honest review.
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