Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Book Review~The Great Grammar Book
I have always enjoyed Grammar, and considered myself to be good at knowing all the rules. It has always driven me crazy when people use the wrong their/there and your/you're. I received The Great Grammar Book: Mastering Grammar Usage and the Essentials of Composition by Marsha Sramek. This is the Second edition-the First edition was very successful, selling over 20,000 copies to the general public as well as to many education programs.
The book is laid out well and easy to read. It begins with a 100 question Diagnostic Test, which I took. I was so surprised! I did not do as well as I thought I would! I had a big problem with it's/its and a few other rules. I then started going through the book. In each chapter, there are definitions, explanations, examples, exercises, and Chapter reviews.
The topics covered in The Great Grammar Book are:
* Subject-Verb Agreement
* Common Errors
* Capital Letters
* Using Apostrophes Correctly
* Complete Sentences
* Irregular Verbs
* Usage Glossary
* Double Negatives
* Successful Writing Strategies
There is also an Appendix with Answer keys, and an Index at the back of the book. I especially found useful the Usage Glossary, covering a variety of topics used in everyday life. The Successful Writing Strategies is also a very useful Chapter.
I am very impressed with The Great Grammar Book, and plan to use it this summer with my son, who is in Middle School. This would be a great book for adults to brush up on those things that fade as the years go by and you get stuck in bad habits!
*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.