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Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students


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ISBN13: 9780805089448
ISBN10: 0805089446
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kindersteele, December 27, 2011 (view all comments by kindersteele)
I haven't been a student for a long time, but I guess one could call himself or herself a student if you are open to learning and reading books to educate yourself. That's me. I like this book because it's simple and easy to read. Grammar is not my strength and I often have a hard time remembering the facts, so I'd rather look it up in an easy-to-understand book and then be able to share with someone or read out loud to myself and still understand the rule and feel confident about it.

There are pop quizzes in the book and plenty of sidebars with exceptions, extra explanations, quick tips. I'm not yet finished reading the book, but it's on my desk and I reference it often when I'm not reading it front to back.

I recently referenced the lie vs. lay entry to give a better explanation to a coworker. It was quite helpful. In a couple of box-like charts, Mignon has nicely laid out the present and past tense of each word with sample sentences. But there's more beyond that ... some tips for remembering the differences and a few other helpful paragraphs.

This book, as well as many of Mignon's other books, is simple and straightforward. All of her books include relevant examples and explanations and catchy ways to remember some of the harder rules to follow. You feel like you could identify with her, because she's down to earth as she writes. She'll say things like, "Don't feel bad if you can't remember verb forms right away. Practice will help, and truthfully, I still have to look up most of them every time I use them."

I often look up stuff up all the time ... even the same stuff. But sometimes the books just say it better than I do, and I'd rather read from a source that says it right and gives a great way to remember it.

I recommend Mignon's books!
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namarome, July 13, 2011 (view all comments by namarome)
I love Grammar Girl's podcasts, and frequently refer to them to settle an argument or teach a grammar point to kids. I loved her first guide to better writing, and tried using small chunks with my students who could understand grammar at that level. I recently received an advanced reader's copy of her new writing guide for students, and continue to put Mignon Fogarty on a pedestal. This new book makes the grammar concepts so much more accessible to students. I would even use pieces of it for students as young as third grade. She mixes formal grammar vocabulary with informal references and explanations, boiling things down to what we really need to know. She justifies when we need to follow certain rules for clarity, and that sometimes we just have to memorize things because we do. (Bummer.) I think her humor, her matter-of-fact-ness, and her unapologetic interest in all things language make this an excellent book to have.
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Fogarty, Mignon
St. Martin's Griffin
Haya, Erwin
Haya, Erwin
Language Arts - Grammar
Report writing
English language -- Grammar.
Linguistics - General
Writing Skills
Edition Description:
Young Adult Nonfiction
Quick & Dirty Tips
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 7
black-and-white spot art
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12 up to 17

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Named to the International Reading Associations 2012 Teachers Choice book list
Here is a complete and comprehensive guide to all things grammar from Grammar Girl, a.k.a. Mignon Fogarty, whose popular podcasts have been downloaded over twenty million times and whose first book, Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing,was a New York Times bestseller.  For beginners to more advanced students, this guide covers it all: the parts of speech, sentences, and punctuation are all explained clearly and concisely with the warmth, wit, and accessibility Grammar Girl is known for.  Pop quizzes are scattered throughout to reinforce the explanations, as well as Grammar Girl's trademark Quick and Dirty Tips--easy and fun memory tricks to help with those challenging rules.  Complete with a writing style chapter and a guide to the different kinds of writing--everything from school papers to letter writing to e-mails--this guide is sure to become the one-stop, essential book on every student's desk.
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