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The Elements of Grammar in 90 Minutes


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ISBN13: 9780486481142
ISBN10: 048648114x
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An eminent scholar explains the essentials of English grammar to those who never studied the basics as well as those who need a refresher course. Inspired by Strunk & White's classic The Elements of Style, this user-friendly guide focuses exclusively on grammar, explaining the individual parts of speech and their proper arrangement in sentence form. A modest investment of 90 minutes can provide readers of all ages with simple but important tools that will improve their communication skills.

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An eminent scholar assembled this user-friendly guide. Intended to teach students of any age the parts of speech and their logical arrangement in sentence form, it also serves those wishing to refresh their skills.

Table of Contents

Part I: The Parts of Speech
Part II: The Sentence
Part III: Some Practical Considerations Bridging Grammar and Usage
Part IV: Analyzing Sentences

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Office reader, September 21, 2011 (view all comments by Office reader)
A nice little grammar book, eagerly anticipated in my household since I first saw it announced in wonderful Dover Books 'Forthcoming Titles' section. This actually can be read in ninety minutes - 90, count 'em - but do re-read it every once in while for best results. This cute book, almost a booklet, does what I had hoped - bridge the gap between Dover's venerable & useful "Essential English Grammar" (1966) by an early ESL teacher. So I will recommend this for my adult & teen-age English students (I'm an English & SAT tutor); have already started a few on this & shall report back here when they have field-tested it.

A big difference from the "EEG" is that "Elements" does not really have exercises & just a few lists of parts of speech & other points, whereas the first book has charts & exercises of every grammar point up to the advanced intermediate level. For my students younger than high school level, or ESL, I plan to go over the book with them slowly.

Professor Hollander, who is a distinguished scholar with translations of Dante to his credit, has some fun with this one and a light touch with the material. He states that he was inspired by Strunk & White's illustrious "The Elements of Style", reaching its 50th anniversary edition. Strunk & White has examples of grammar, orthography, some punctuation, but the heart is the section on writing style. This "Elements of English Grammar" does not feature any such advice but does contain a short intro on the origin & spread of the English tongue plus the Latin paradigm for the verb "amo" (to love) in order to demonstrate a completely inflected language, as well to show whiny English learners that they have it easy. [Mostly only our personal pronouns are inflected or show changes.]

You really can't go wrong with this book. Just supplement it with "Essential English Grammar" by Philip Gucker, Strunk & White, a decent Learner's Dictionary, either Oxford or Cambridge, and save yourself a bunch of money; most grammars are not worth their price. AMO! (I love it)
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Hollander, Robert
Dover Publications
English Grammar
quick English primer
learn English grammar
Reference-Grammar and Style
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7 x 5 in 0.15 lb

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