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English Grammar for Dummies

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  182 ratings  ·  19 reviews
A few years ago, a magazine sponsored a contest for the comment most likely to end a conversation. The winning entry? "I teach English grammar." Just throw that line out at a party; everyone around you will clam up or start saying "whom."Why does grammar make everyone so nervous? Probably because English teachers, for decades - no, for centuries - have been making a big de ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 15th 2001 by For Dummies
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As long as a grammar book isn't incorrect, it can't be 'bad' right?
And yet, despite being correct and a good refresher (I did learn quite a bit), this book was somewhat annoying. The author tried way too hard to be 'cool', with stupid little jokes and exotic, creative example sentences which drove me mad.
Dear grammar book authors, just keep it simple as can be. Grammer is already complicated enough.

I read most of this book while watching american football, which was a good call, because most m
My friends laughed at mé when i bought this book. But i wanted to improve my English grammar and therefore didnt Care. I must Say that i Found this book quite useful and even at times quite hilariuos( yes WHO Would have thought that about grammar?) i really enjoyed it
Are you a grammar nut for knowing everything there is to know about every type of knowledge for how to properly use the English language? If you can't tell an action verb from a pronoun or an adverb from an adjective, this book will set your mind straight and at ease! It's a good book, but is just a little wordy. This book is definitely full of meaningful everyday-usage examples. A book only a professor of the English language would hand to his students (if they needed any extra guidance or revi ...more
Like all the Dummies boks this is packed full of helpful information. But the author uses the most ridiculous names and examples that would probably confuse someone who doesn't speak English as a first language.
Skylar Burris
Extra points if you can find all of the grammatical errors in this review. I’m a freelance editor, and so once a year I like to read a grammar book to refresh my knowledge. Grammar for Dummies was a much better refresher than I anticipated. Don’t let the “dummies” part of the title fool you; this guide is useful for grammarians of all levels. The clear organization and eye-catching subheadings make the book easy to skim for just the information you need, and it covers the most common errors I en ...more
My God, there is factual information in here, but run far far away from this book. The facts are just bait to get you to run this gauntlet of self-loathing, pointless banter. This is a grammar textbook written by a grammarian who is so desperate to portray herself as cool, as not-that-grammarian, she incessantly disparages her field, her work, and everything she is interested in. Ms Woods goes so far beyond being self-depreciating you kind of want to muzzle her, fortunately this is a book and yo ...more
Nguyen Quang tung
A great start for any grammar enthusiasts who seek a grammar handbook with not-so-sophisticated tips and tricks but being able to drive them dizzy for a while
This book covers everything in a warm and conversational tone with plenty of example sentences and extra tidbits of information. However, for some reason I find it slightly awkward to use when looking up specific things. I think it is because there are a lot of internal references to other parts of the book, so you have to flip around to get a full understanding of a particular point sometimes. It is probably best read from beginning to end and treated as a course because each chapter builds on ...more
An excellent no-nonsense grammar guide. The style is chatty, witty and each section is scattered with helpful icons such as 'Warnings!' (traps), 'demons', 'black belt' technicalities for those who want them, and frequent 'pop quizzes'. Even section headings are fun. Linking Verbs ('the giant equals sign') versus Action Verbs was very helpful, to give one example only.
Recommended for any high school or ESL English teacher.
Not to say this was a bad book I just had something better I could use.

The book did seem to go on a bit and the jokes from the author at times where a little grating (though some where ok).

In the end I realised I had a better grammar book which I brought from an online school which was much more suited to covering the basics of grammar.

Hopefully the workbook will still come in handy.
I am new to the study or Grammar and punctuation and thought this book was brilliant. It is a treasure to my little collection of books. It has set a foundation that has left me wanting to learn more.
Jennie Freestone
You know, this is truly a great educational book. I just didn't have the patience to read through the whole thing, rather I skimmed most of it. It is however, a great reference book!
Michael Brosnahan
Well written, and made the subject interesting. They really should teach this stuff at school. I might have done better at English if I was taught the logic behind sentence construction.
Becky Black
I found this very useful. I worked through a chapter or two a day, giving me time to take things in. Now I've done that it will sit on the shelf over my desk handy for reference.
Great resource for any Language arts Teacher. Humorous and to the point. Highly suggested.
3.5, good over all review, but the tone of the writing got on my nerves...
Mirkojeck jeck
it really helps! does this mean i'm a dummy?
Nov 25, 2007 D rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I loved how humorous this book was!
Oct 30, 2012 David marked it as to-read
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