The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English
The books is composed of 50 mini-lessons on the effective usage of language, most of them 2-3 pages long, grouped into various categories, from ...more
So, what about my punctuation above? Why did I put that question mark outside the quotes when the exclamation point went insid ...more
Roy Peter Clark, longtime teacher at the Poynter Institute, is funny, down-to-earth (he even uses the f-word) and easy to understand. The full title of this book is, "The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English," and Clark's enthusiasm for the English language is inspiring.
I picked up this book after a par ...more
One chapter tackles the issue of using a serial comma, of writing "red, white, and blue" or "red, white and ...more
Clark's chapters on tenses and connotation/denotation are good. The chapter on "To be" is disappointing. The author reminds us ...more
This is an excellent read, suitable for journalists, teachers and budding writers (eve ...more
I very much appreciate the author’s assertion that grammar isn’t, or shouldn’t be, all about fussy rules, and the 50 lessons he offers are (for the most part) clear and useful. But the writing was pretty uneven. I lost count of how many times he mentioned an interesting fact only to change directions unexpectedly ...more
You don't need to be a nerd to learn how to spell a word. It's not magic. Look it up.
An expert advises against using complex sentences. "If by complex he means 'so complica ...more
Overall, this book wasn't mesmerising, but was charming in it's own way. Going through elements of English, piece by piece, with the author offering h ...more
I have to admit that I'm not the best grammatical writer. I don't remember most of the rules I learned in school (frankly I didn't care to really remembe ...more
The author is a big advocate of using the dictionary and immersing yourself in the words. He is obviously a master when it comes to both the construction and diss ...more
Grammar is a subject that typically induces wincing, wheezing, or worse. Clark, a lifelong whiz at the subject, wants readers to fully appreciate the importance of good grammar and the qualities of superior writing. To that end, he has laid out several entertaining, easy-to-follow rules, governing everything from punctuation to alliteration, that promise to dramatically improve one's writing and develop an appreciation for language. Clark draws on examples ranging from De...more
The Glamour of Grammar is unlike any grammar book that I have ever read, as it is not only about rules and proper English. In the Glamour of Grammar Clark successfully attempts to convey ...more