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English Grammar for Dummies

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  303 Ratings  ·  27 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.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 15th 2001 by For Dummies (first published January 1st 2001)
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Hanne
Dec 09, 2012 Hanne rated it it was ok

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
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Mahdi Qorbani
May 11, 2015 Mahdi Qorbani rated it really liked it
یک کتاب کامل و بی نظیر برای کسانی که می خواهند گرامرشان فول شود. خواندن کتاب هایی نظیر کتاب های آموزشی آکسفورد و کمبریج در کنار این کتاب خیلی مفید است.
Maria
Jul 13, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, not-sorted-yet
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
Jeffrey
Mar 09, 2015 Jeffrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction

4.0 out of 5 stars A fresh approach to grammar!, March 9, 2015
By Barry Owens "I love to read and working on my... (Music City, USA)
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I like this book! I read excerpts from several grammar books before I settled on this one, and I'm glad I did. It takes a very fresh approach to grammar for those who want to speak and write the English language better. The author even tells you when certain rules of gram
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Chris
Sep 20, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing
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
Cormac Healy
Mar 18, 2015 Cormac Healy rated it really liked it
“When i first come to America, my english did cause me problems. In Soviet Russia i was strong teacher, my english i know is the best in all of Petropavlovsk. My brother, Mikhail, he say to me, “Nikolai you go to America, they make you rich like czar, take many woman as lover, kill many bear”. My brother, he is very wise, is greatest toymaker in all of Russia. So next day i wake up, sell my house, say goodbye to wife and children, and go to America to become millionaire. Then in America, I go to ...more
Soapykitty
Oct 07, 2011 Soapykitty rated it liked it
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
Jun 04, 2010 Skylar Burris rated it really liked it
Shelves: reference, writing
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
Rd
Feb 06, 2016 Rd rated it liked it
Shelves: writing
This book is pretty good for a quick reference on specific rules that you may have trouble keeping straight.

However, it didn't work for me as a refresher course on the more in-depth rules. I don't know if it's simply been that long since my grammar classes, or if this book just has a presentation that didn't work for me, but I frequently found myself confused or overwhelmed about the finer points it was trying to teach. Also, like many of the other commenters I often found the example sentences
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Nayla
Mar 11, 2012 Nayla rated it did not like it
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
Oct 07, 2014 Nguyen Quang tung rated it it was amazing
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
Harish
Jan 10, 2016 Harish rated it it was amazing
A must-read for anyone who wants to improve his/her grammar fundamentals. The author expresses her ideas in a lucid and intriguing way.
Seymour
May 22, 2012 Seymour rated it liked it
Shelves: editing
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
Anne
Jun 14, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school, non-fiction
7,5/10
Sue
May 24, 2015 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Chris
Jul 14, 2013 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
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.
Tim
Dec 19, 2012 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: educational
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
Jan 18, 2013 Michael Brosnahan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 22, 2015 Becky Black rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
April
May 02, 2008 April rated it it was amazing
Great resource for any Language arts Teacher. Humorous and to the point. Highly suggested.
Maya
Aug 30, 2012 Maya rated it liked it
Shelves: reference-books
3.5, good over all review, but the tone of the writing got on my nerves...
Kerszi
Nov 24, 2014 Kerszi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Świetna książka, przy okazji nauczyłem się trochę polskiej gramatyki.
Mary
Oct 18, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Borrowed from library. May use towards middle of year.
Mirkojeck jeck
May 18, 2008 Mirkojeck jeck rated it liked it
it really helps! does this mean i'm a dummy?
D
Nov 25, 2007 D rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writing
I loved how humorous this book was!
David
Oct 30, 2012 David marked it as to-read
Great one
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