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My Grammar and I (Or Should That Be 'Me'?): Old-School Ways to Sharpen Your English Format Kindle

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Présentation de l'éditeur

A runaway hit and Sunday Times bestseller, My Grammar and I has continued to grow in popularity, becoming the go-to guide for grammar. My Grammar and I offers amusing examples of awful grammar, while steering you in the direction of grammatical greatness. Taking you on a tour of the English language through the minefield of rules and conditions that can catch you out, from dangling modifiers to split infinitives, it highlights the common pitfalls that every English language user faces on a day to day basis. Refreshing everything you should have learnt at school and more, My Grammar and I is informative yet entertaining - an ideal buy for any English language enthusiast.

Biographie de l'auteur

Caroline Taggart is the bestselling author of I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot From School. Born in London of Scottish parents, she spent her childhood in New Zealand and went to university in Sheffield. Confused for some time, she has now lived in Pimlico for 25 years and thinks of herself as a Londoner, but continues to change allegiance whenever it suits her, particularly during the rugby season. She has worked in publishing for nearly 30 years, the last 18 of them as a freelance editor of non-fiction. She has edited innumerable natural history titles, notably Jonathan Scott's Big Cat Diary books and the tie-in to the BBC series Walking with Dinosaurs, as well as books on gardening, cookery, health, witchcraft, pop music, the Blitz, the D-Day landings, the workings of the House of Commons and the English language. She has also written a handbook for mature students and an encyclopedia of dogs and is the editor of Writer's Market UK 2009. J. A. Wines is a graduate of Oxford University. A freelance writer, compiler and copy editor, her work includes the bestselling Mondegreens: A Book of Mishearings.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1159 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 193 pages
  • Editeur : Michael O' Mara Books (9 octobre 2008)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004GNFPU2
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HASH(0x8d0b044c) étoiles sur 5 Good for students, writers or anyone who wants to brush up on grammar 22 septembre 2009
Par Gaby at Starting Fresh blog - Publié sur Amazon.com
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If you are interested in brushing up on your writing and grammar skills, I recommend My Grammar and I...Or Should That Be Me? How to Speak and Write It Right by Caroline Taggart and J.A. Wines.

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!
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HASH(0x8d0b0518) étoiles sur 5 A great book to have on your desk! 12 août 2009
Par A Reviewer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Not only does Reader's Digest offer great books, but this book is a must-have for all grammar geeks! Since I spend a lot of time reading and writing, I must be as grammatically correct as possible. Having this useful tool on my desk has made my life so much easier! Whether you are a grammar geek like me or you just want answers to simple questions, this book is for you. It goes REALLY well with i before e (except after c) and I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot From School.
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HASH(0x8d0b0950) étoiles sur 5 Excellent Resource for Students and Writers 6 septembre 2011
Par Tami ~ thismomsdelight - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I picked up this book because I wanted to prove a few people wrong in how they talk. No, I wasn't going to walk up to them and call them stupid, but I wanted to know for myself that I was saying it correctly and they were not.

Uh oh!

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.
HASH(0x8d0b0d1c) étoiles sur 5 A good book for a future English teacher 8 janvier 2014
Par Nana Says - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Saw the listing when looking for a stocking stuffer and though my soon to graduate high school would like it. I was right and it was a good choice. The 'someday I will be an English teacher' in my house enjoyed this book. She has been reading it constantly, so I guess it was the perfect stocking stuffer this Christmas.
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HASH(0x8d0b0cc8) étoiles sur 5 A Grammar Resource You'll Want to Have on Hand 22 août 2011
Par Karen in Mommyland - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The grammar loving geek in me squealed with delight when I was asked if I'd be interested in reviewing this title. Of course I'd be interested in checking out a book on grammar that is intended to be a useful reference for students and their parents!

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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