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Online sensation Grammar Girl makes grammar fun and easy in her print debut

Are you stumped by split infinitives? Terrified of using "who" when a "whom" is called for? Do you avoid the words "lay" and "lie" altogether?

Grammar Girl is here to help!

Mignon Fogarty, a.k.a. Grammar Girl, is determined to wipe out bad grammar—but she's also determined to make the process as painl
Paperback, 224 pages
Published 2008 by Holt
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You've heard her podcast. You've seen her on Oprah. You've downloaded her audiobook. Now you can add the first printed book from Mignon Fogarty (a.k.a. Grammar Girl) to your reference shelf. To the delight of word nerds everywhere, Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing came out yesterday.

Grammar Girl herself offered me an advance copy for review, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading and highly recommend to both grammar novices and experts alike. As the introduction says, the book
This is the first time I have been intimidated writing a book review. One would think that if I read the book this review would be 100% grammatically correct, that just isn't going to happen (I suffer from grammar allergies). Whenever someone starts talking or I start reading about adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, and modifiers all I hear is what sounds to me like Charlie Brown's teacher (wah wah wah). I found myself having to reread paragraphs to get some of the information sink in (phrasal v ...more
My life would be less frustrating if everyone read this book.

I can be a little (annoyingly) pedantic when it comes to grammar and usage. I'm not concerned about dangling prepositions or split infinitives, but my god, it gets to me when people misuse "affect" and "effect," comma splice, or think that "e.g." and "i.e." are interchangeable. And don't even get me started on "your" and "you're."

Although I expected this to be kind of dry, I found myself laughing out loud. I thought I would know everyt
A 5-star post for a book on grammar, surely I jest. No, I’m totally serious. Everyone who has to write anything – emails for work or just to friends, blog posts, even a review on Goodreads – should want their writing understood. Good grammar makes your intent clearer and gives the boss the right impression. We could all stand a periodic checkup to see if we’ve picked up any bad habits or maybe never learned something in the first place.

Most of us don’t bother because “this stuff is boring.” Tha
William Arsenis
I never understood grammar. I just felt my way through a sentence, playing it over in my mind, using some sort of intuitive editor that managed to get it right most of the time.

But when I started writing and my real editor brought out her digital red pen, I was completely lost. She used phrases such as "predicate adjectives" and I wouldn't have a clue what she was talking about. So I'd just have to concede to her advice or lose face and admit I didn't understand a thing she was saying.

I've tried
A more accurate title would probably be "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Grammar". There weren't a whole lot of actual writing tips, with the exception of a short chapter near the end with advice like "avoid cliches like the plague".

The grammar instruction was a mix of things I already knew (its vs. it's, affect vs. effect) and things I'd never thought about (the difference between e.g. and i.e., the difference between "hanged" and "hung"). So roughly half the time I felt smug an
Beverly Diehl
I think for most people, reading a grammar book is right up there on their to-do list with having a colonoscopy - Do I HAVE to?

Or maybe that's just my own association, since I kept my own book in the bathroom and read it in bits and pieces. (It does lend itself well to that.)

Fogarty not only offers the grammar rules, but clear and "sticky" examples that should help anyone but the most boneheaded imprint these rules and guidelines into her brain. Her own writing style in this is light, witty, and
I just orderd this on my Kindle. Effect/Affect are tigers I wrestle with daily. Grrr.
I'm finally learning the rules of a/an. I was sick that day in 4th grade. Seriously, I specifically remember coming back to school and finding out they had learned the rules of a/an. I've felt a little behind ever since.
A motorcycle. An MBA. A ukelele. An ugly duckling. I believe I've been using them correctly, I just didn't know WHY.
I loved this book so much I returned this copy to the library, went out and purchased my own copy. This is a book I want at hand. I cannot recall the last time I read a grammar book from cover to cover. If you write, or read, or speak in English....get this book.
Rebecca Shieldmaiden
This book was a quick, helpful read for aspiring writers. I enjoyed it thoroughly and went away with a lot of good advice and such.
James Hatton
Yes! I read this book like a novel; I mean cover to cover. I loved it! Who would believe a book about usage and grammar could be entertaining? Not me. I tuned out the English teacher in the second grade and remained tuned out thereafter, until I couldn't stand my writing mistakes anymore. Finally, I decided to do something about them. Reading "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing" is my first successful effort in that direction. I've tried reading other writing guides; they put ...more
A humorous take on proper grammar and ways in which one might employ mind tricks to remember basic rules and usage. More of a grammar primer than a style guide. I considered just giving it a star rating and skipping the review lest I showcase my less than stellar grammar usage.
This is light, funny and very helpful. It's not for those who want an in-depth explanation or hard and fast rules for everything, but if you want guidance for some of the knottier grammar and punctuation issues that writer's encounter, check it out!
Jennifer Smith
This is a GREAT grammar and writing book. If I could choose only one grammar book to have on hand, I'd choose this one, even over Strunk & White's "The Elements of Style." It's thorough and it's easy (and fun) to read. Mignon's writing style is personable, friendly, charming, relevant . . . Anymore adjectives I should throw in there?

I'm so glad I got my hands on a copy of this great book. I've already referenced it several times. (I can never keep the rules for "who" and "whom" straight in m
Kikou Hsieh
Mignon is one of very few authors who can make grammar amusing, short, and sweet. Something professor Michael Drout had tried to do in his lectures. Her treatment to the subject is even more informal than Professor Drout's, and, that's what I love about this book, I think by the end of the book, I have developed a bit of a crush on her, although she'd probably be appalled by the number of grammatical errors in this review! I'm sorry, grammar girl, while I love to write English, I have never been ...more
Blake Atwood
Straightforward and imminently helpful, Fogarty's guide to better grammar should be a mainstay in any writer or editor's library.
Buenas explicaciones y trucos para problemas con la gramática.
Un muy buen libro de referencia.
I found Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips to be surprisingly entertaining, but I'm not sure whether it works better as a Q&A for specific questions, or an overview guide to English grammar.

Fogarty's explanations of 'best practices' are clear and she makes an effort to explain the reasoning behind the conventions which helps me, at least, to remember the conventions.

I think Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips would make a fine addition to a High Schooler's reference bookshelf.
Ivonne Rovira
Aug 24, 2013 Ivonne Rovira rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: high-school students especially
This book rates as two stars or four, depending on who you are. If you're an expert English grammarian, Mignon Fogarty's Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing isn't for you; what you need is H.W. Fowler's A Dictionary of Modern English Usage or Karen Elizabeth Gordon's The Transitive Vampire -- or both, really.

However, for hoi polloi grammar needs, Fogarty's slim volume does the trick. If you're stumped on when to use who and whom, further or farther, who's or whose; beset with
Geoffrey Sperl
Excellent resource. I read this on the Kindle and found it to be a nice, fast read that entertained while educating.

This should be a five star book.

However, what I have to take a star from it for is the fact that it's the Grammar Girl podcast re-packaged. In fact, if you've listened to the podcast from the start you have already been exposed to the vast majority of the items in the book. It's difficult to really justify giving it five stars when it is repeated material.

All of that said: I do not
This is an introductory, easy-to-read grammar book. I imagine this will be of great use for high school and college students and those who have not learned how to write. I learned English as a second language and also have taken several college courses in linguistics, so the content was actually too familiar to enjoy the book. I wish I had met this book ten years ago.

If you are a native English speaker, this book may catch you off guard and even be delighted at times. You are probably not used
Adam Parker
In an attempt to improve my offerings for a friend who is writing his first novel, I picked up a book called Strunk and White's Elements of Style; it was way over my head. After a chapter or two I turned to the fun and quirky writing style of Mignon Fogarty, an author whose grammar tips I had been using for years via her website. I'm glad I did. She took topics like grammar points, word choice, and punctuation, and made them enjoyable to learn about beyond the practicality of the information. I ...more
Mars Dorian
What can I say ?

Fogarty's grammar book is one of the most fun I've ever read.
Read that sentence again, because I put 'grammar' and 'fun' in the SAME sentence, insane, I know.

Seriously, if you want to learn English grammar in a fun and engaging way, check out this book.
It's well written, comes with many examples and has a pleasing structure.

For starters and pros alike.
I didn't think I would enjoy reading about grammar (or, well, usage) - but oh, how I did! I'm not a native English-speaker, so naturally I learned a lot from this book (in all fairness to my highschool English teacher, I do recall a lot of the topics brought up in this book came up in her teaching; in fairness to me, that was a while ago - and I had more pressing rules to master then than the proper use of an ellipsis). And it was fun! Indeed, although the book is structured in a way that makes ...more
I love GG's podcast and have listened to every one of them--some of them twice! I always learn something in each podcast, or else she confirms something I thought I knew and I get to say "I was right!" I expected her book to deliver no less, and I was not disappointed.

While some of the information in the book is also on the podcast, I enjoy having the book next to my computer so if I have a question, I can quickly refer to the print version instead of having to locate the podcast on her Web site
Mignon Fogarty uses humor and useful grammar tips in helping the average person learn basic grammar skills that they may have forgotten or never known because their teacher failed to teach it to them in an effective way.

My grammar is questionable at times but I enjoy listening to Grammar Girl's podcast, reading her emails and even following her on twitter daily. I've been listening to her podcast for 2 years so when I read she was writing a book, I KNEW I had to have it in my hands.

Please foll
A more accurate title would probably be "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Grammar". There weren't a whole lot of actual writing tips, with the exception of a short chapter near the end with advice like "avoid cliches like the plague".

The grammar instruction was a mix of things I already knew (its vs. it's, affect vs. effect) and things I'd never thought about (the difference between e.g. and i.e., the difference between "hanged" and "hung"). So roughly half the time I felt smug an
Gina Briganti
Do you love finding an exceptional new tool? I do, and now that I have the Kindle edition of “Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing” by Mignon Fogarty (2008) I may have a tough time purchasing a paper copy of a reference book in the future. The search feature adds loads of ease to answering my grammar and usage questions.

Mignon Fogarty is knowledgeable and fun to read. Who can use this book? Anyone. I typed my question directly into the search feature and results stacked up. I w
True to its title, this is a quick and dirty overview of basic grammar and writing style. There were some informative explanations of rules I already knew, but definitely found a lot of clarification in this book. If you get their, there, and they're confused; don't know the difference between your and you're; or if you're just not sure if that word should be capitalized then this is the book for you! If you are looking for more detailed and in-depth discussion of grammar find another book.
This is one of those truly useful little books. Fogarty breaks down tricky grammar into its essential parts, and she teaches usage succinctly and well. As a teacher, this is really refreshing--I can definitely see myself taking some of Fogarty's strategies and implementing them in my Comp I classroom.

Though Fogarty's writing style is engaging and accessible, my one quibble comes with her use of illustrations and mnemonic devices. I often found her examples about the aardvark and snail to be mor
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