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The Little Green Grammar Book

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What really goes on inside a sentence? What is your subject, and where is your verb, and what is its tense, and where is your modifier, and why does it matter? Where do you need a comma, and where do you not? Why are dashes and semicolons so misunderstood? When is it which and when is it that? In The Little Green Grammar Book, Mark Tredinnick asks and answers the tough gra ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by University of New South Wales Press
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Mark Donnelly
Oct 13, 2012 Mark Donnelly rated it it was amazing
This author is very talented.

Grammar is one of the most important aspects of writing. So when I picked up this book, I found myself devouring it, because he did such a tremendous job in explaining rules in a light-hearted fashion. His writing is informative, but not heavy, and most importantly it is so unique compared to other grammar books that only have questions...without any real detail. I preferred this book over other grammar books.

Well done, Mark Tredinnick, and I will definitely go and
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M.G. Bradley
Jan 01, 2016 M.G. Bradley rated it it was ok
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The Little Green Book of Confused Rants

On Mark Tredinnick's website, which contains numerous spelling mistakes, including the misspelling of the word language ('langauge'), he states that The Little Green Grammar Book is 'fun' and 'useful' and quotes his own media release, 'It is a book, like Lynne Truss's Eats, Shoots and Leaves, to be enjoyed, not merely used'. This is a brave comparison; critics savaged Eats, Shoots and Leaves for its inconsistencies, grammar and punctuation errors, and for f
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Chris Lynch
Sep 23, 2011 Chris Lynch rated it liked it
The Little Green Grammar Book is a great guide but not necessarily a great teacher.

Tredinnick draws together a lot of what I already knew about English grammar, so I enjoyed the read. But as I discovered when I had to make quizzes based on this book, and teach it to university students, the line between traditional grammar and modern linguistics is straddled uneasily, at least if you're looking for definitive answers. It can be done, and for anyone interested in grammar needs to be done to some
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May 18, 2011 Av rated it it was amazing
Tredinnick approaches the dryish of grammar with an innovative, wry tone that makes the pedants of grammar bearable and somewhat, interesting. Compared to previous grammar books (that I was forced unfortunately to read), this is a pleasurable read, explained clearly grammar in a more contemporary view.
A must have for any literature student, or grammar aficionado.
Jamila Bost
Jul 27, 2011 Jamila Bost rated it really liked it
Considering that I had to read this book for University, I really enjoyed it. I didn't expect that the book would be as humorous or interesting as it was, and it made me love grammar just that little bit more.
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Mark Tredinnick (born 1962) is a celebrated Australian poet, essayist and teacher. Winner of the Montreal International Poetry Prize in 2011 and the Cardiff International Poetry Competition in 2012. He is the author of thirteen books, including four volumes of poetry (Bluewren Cantos, Fire Diary, The Lyrebird, The Road South); The Blue Plateau; The Little Red Writing Book and "Writing Well: the Es ...more
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