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Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  234 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Named to the International Reading Association’s 2012 Teachers’ Choice book list

Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students 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
ebook, 304 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published July 8th 2008)
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A solid 3 stars

I am a huge fan of Grammar Girl. In fact, whenever I have a grammar question I always refer to her site. I also have an app for her podcasts.

This book covers it all (at least superficially), from grammar to punctuation to commonly misused words. There is even a short section that offers basic writing tips, as well as an appendix and glossary.

The best part, however, is the writing, which is humorous and accessible.

So why only 3 stars?

Some areas of the book could have been covered
May 16, 2012 Awesomepapercup rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ELD class
Recommended to Awesomepapercup by: My dad
Hello. The book i recommend to ELD students is Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students. This is a non-fiction book. This book is wrote by Mignon Fogarty (Grammar Girl is what she called herself). My dad recommended this book to me. He said it was a good book for improving my English. This book is a grammar book. It teaches you how to use the right tense; when to use the right preposition; etc. Although this book is really boring, but it helps me a lot. This is a really help ...more
These books are GOLDEN.
Language study has never been cooler.

Give her podcast a listen, too.
Mark Allen
Grammar Girl’s book for students is approachable, orange

(From my blog: editor

Grammar was not my subject. In high school English class, we did a unit on grammar every semester. It always seemed to be the same thing to me. The work was either obvious (I could recite “Grammar Rock” with the best of them) or unnecessarily confusing (English is like that). The book we used seemed authoritative, but there just seemed to be more rules and guidelines in there than anyone could possib
Apr 30, 2015 Shen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who want's to improve their writing.
Shelves: educational
I loved this book. It was educational and entertaining.

Mignon Fogarty is amazing for the work she does in educating the masses on how to use proper grammar. I am terrified to write a long review on a book about grammar when my own is so poor, but I just had to try. While this is a beginners guide, it was till quite comprehensive and gave a great starting point for people new to grammar or refreshing skills that we haven't used in a while.

I found it to be an easy read and loved the illustrations
Ryk Stanton
I think this is a fantastic book that anyone would benefit from reading. I wasn't so sure when I started the book because it starts with very basic grammar, such as the parts of speech, and I thought "Well, this would be great for students but I'm a teacher – I know all this stuff." I was pleased to discover that some of the ways she explains things are the way I have been explaining them to student for the past several years (such as the two different ways to determine whether one needs a comma ...more
This review covers Grammar Girl's three recent releases:

Good writing skills are a must in any professional career, and there’s no secret to being a good writer: Learn the tools of English, and practice. And read, of course. A lot.
Students can use a hand learning the basics — and the trickier points — of language, and that’s where three new books come in.
Mignon Fogarty, better known as “Grammar Girl,” has written several books on grammar and produces am award-winning grammar podcast each week. Bu
Denise Du Vernay
Have you ever tried to read a writing guide? Did you stay awake long enough to find the page on quotation marks or dependent clauses or whatever you were looking for? Yeah, me neither. Maybe I’ve flipped through a guide or even read a paragraph or two if I’ve needed to look up a specific issue, but this is the first time I’ve ever read a writing guide all the way through. Like all of Grammar Girl’s books and posts, this guide is entertaining!

Grammar Girl, because of her training in language and
Pretty helpful book for grammar. This was part of my required reading for my Writing Skills class through the American College of Healthcare Sciences. I learned a few things I didn't know, refreshed my memory on things I had forgotten, and laughed at a few of the sentences and comments about the characters Squiggly and Aardvark. I recommend this book to anyone who could use some help with grammar. This book is based on the weekly podcasts by Grammar Girl.
Haven't read a lot of Grammar books where I actually WANT to read it cover to cover. Excellent read for those who find Grammar dry and boring.
Good overview of the prescriptive grammar rules for the English language. I like her writing styles, and her presentation is easy to understand.
Kat Thomas
This is an invaluable book to help you bring your grammar skills up to scratch or even to refresh them.
Grammar Girl’s Ultimate Writing Guide for Students is a handy book for students and professionals alike. In an easily understandable manner, Grammar Girl covers the English language in a light and fun – yet informative – way. I highly recommend this book for those professionals for whom English is a second language. The comprehensive index enables you to find the subjects for which you need help in a flash. This book would be a worthwhile gift to any student, any professional, and any person, fo ...more
Engaging and useful for the adolescent writer...
Autumn Jean Weidman
I am using this in my classroom and it has been so helpful. It is the first grammar book I have encountered that doesn't bore me (or my lovely children) to tears.
Used parts of this book in my 9th / 11th grade classes. Very clear and easy to use. Teachers can pick out what they like or need based on their students. I have not read the whole thing, which is why I could not give it five stars. (I did not think that would be fair!)
Grammar Girl is helpful indeed. This book is a great book, not only for students, but also for adults alike. I particularly love it that I can review what I learnt through Quick and Dirty Grammar at a Glance and Glossary.
Anyone could use the index and find an answer to such puzzling problems as the usage of affect and effect. The layout is colorful with silly small drawings scattered throughout. Most students will find this useful.
Grammar Girl is my hero. A book any student should own. Great examples. Well organized. Just wish she went into some more detail for some of the topics, like tense.
Written in simple language with clear, but humourous examples, this is book is a must for students. Teachers could also buy it for classroom use. Well done.
This is a great guide that can serve students from their first foray into grammar, through college and beyond. Recommended for grades 8 and up.
I love the Grammar Girl but don't tell my wife! :-) She explains grammar in a simple but thorough way. Just my type.
We checked this out for the full 3 months allowed and then bought the kindle version-- a great guide.
This is an excellent grammar and writing guide for students. GG is pretty funny too.
Becky Kondritz
Learned a few mnemonic devices I can use in the classroom. May reference a we pages, too.
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