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Fear not, Gentle Writer, Mrs. Grammar Person is here and she has the answers to all of the questions you never thought to ask. As a dedicated and serious grammarian, she will do what it takes to be entertaining and enlightening, but never vulgar or coarse. Heavens, no! Where are her smelling salts? Warm and witty, Mrs. G.P. makes grammar interesting with rhyming, wishful t ...more
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Published January 5th 2015
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James
Barbara Venkataraman's "Teatime with Mrs. Grammar Person" is an adorable piece of work that provides a humorous approach to learning all the key grammar rules in about thirty pages of sheer brilliance. It may sound funny to call it a "piece of work" but it truly fits in this case. It's a work of fiction because there are characters with certain action ...more
Linda Strong
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
As a voracious reader and book reviewer, I am plagued by not being able to overlook incorrectly spelled words, the difference between they're, their, and there, it's and its ... I could go on and on and on.

And I know I am not alone!

This is 39 pages of answers to all of the questions you never thought to ask by a grammarian. Sometimes serious, sometimes humorous.

Pull up a chair ... bring a cup of tea, open your book or kindle, and see how many things make you shake your h
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Louise
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a humorous survey of grammar and vocabulary. It is done through a portrait of Mrs. Grammar Person who pours tea, wraps gifts and receives a caller, Mr. Syntax. A lot of ground is covered in 30 pages.

A number of arcane rules are clarified in simple terms. For me, the difference in “effect” and “affect” was succinct and I hope to remember that “effect” is a noun when I need it. Other rules are once over lightly and a general reader might need more background to understand the “who” and “w
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Darinda
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: essays
Mrs. Grammar Person explains grammar rules in a humorous and engaging way.

An informative and unique source to explain common grammar questions. Easily read in one-sitting, this short book covers a variety of grammar topics.

I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Angela Raedel
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
This book was both educational and entertaining! I enjoyed Mrs. Grammar Person's wit. She made learning about grammar interesting and humorous.

I consider myself an awesome speller and excellent at grammar. Yet, I still learned a few things from this book!

I was given a copy of the audio book to review based on the author's request. The narrator of the book was good, but not great. Though she spoke like a teacher and had a "prim and proper" voice, I think I would've enjoyed
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OpenBookSociety.com
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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What a refreshing wonderful book. I am a BIG champion of proper grammar and this book delivered in spades…with humor, wit and levity. Mrs. Grammar Person imparts useful grammatical information in a fun manner that will appeal to each reader who picks up this book.

One of my favorite quotes (though realistically….I loved the whole book!!!!):

“In truth, Mrs. G. P. gets it, but fervently hopes that “get” is a word you ch
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Els
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Who wants to study grammar? Not a lot of people, but it is necessary. It's not easy in your own language and when you want to study a foreign language it's even more challenging. Everybody remembers those schooldays long or not so long ago. Agony ... Well, if teachers would use this book (a pity it's not thicker ;) ) I bet a lot of students would look forward to the grammar lessons. Teatime with Mrs Grammar Person is not only helpful (I really learned from it) but highly entertaining as well and ...more
Laura Ruetz
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. I want to give this book as a gift to all my word-loving reader friends out there. This is brilliant and fun with a lot of word-play. The tone is nice and friendly and you can almost imagine Mrs. Gramar Person sitting there sipping tea while typing these out. My only complaint....I wanted more!

This is fun and thought-provoking, and - dare I say it - helps you learn good grammar in a fun and delightful way. In fact, you won't even know you are learning, you will be so caught up
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Book Him Danno
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thought this little - short - story was cute, educational and funny all at the sametime. Grammar is hard for many people and reading this book did clear a few things up for me - now I just need to remember how and when to use these new skills I have learned from reading this book.

A fun way to read about grammar ans Mrs. Grammar Person is soft spoken and sweet until someone butchers the language she loves - I think this is a quick story to enjoy and think about as you speak and wri
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Katie Chapman
Grammar With A Twist!

If Eloisa James (modern day fairy tale author, among other things), William Strunk, and Dr. Seuss wrote a book about grammar this would be it. Barbara Venkataraman ( posing as Mrs. Grammar Person truly makes grammar fun!
Barbara Thompson
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Teatime with Mrs. Grammar Person is amusing and a way of learning that made me smile. I did not know what to expect from this book, but it was a pleasure to read. Author Barbara Venkataraman wrote another good book for us to read.

I received a complimentary copy from the author. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
Jennifer (JC-S)
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-books
'Remember, my dears, you can end a sentence with a preposition and you can split an infinitive.’

I’ve read a few of Ms Venkataraman’s books and humorous essays, and so I eagerly accepted an opportunity to read ‘Teatime with Mrs. Grammar Person’. I was not disappointed: Mrs Grammar Person combines English grammar lessons with wit. Here’s an example:

‘Another excellent rule to live by is this one: Less is more. Nobody likes to hear anything twice, so it’s best to avoid being
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Sheri
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Teatime with Mrs. Grammar Person by Barbara Venkataraman

Mrs. Grammar Person makes grammar interesting with rhyming and story-telling. This book for middle school readers and up is a fun read with interesting grammar tips, proper way to use words, write sentences (correctly), and much more. I feel this is a very useful book and could help younger children learn the proper way to write and to speak. I highly recommendTeatime with Mrs. Grammar Person by Barbara Venkataraman

Mrs. Grammar Person makes grammar interesting with rhyming and story-telling. This book for middle school readers and up is a fun read with interesting grammar tips, proper way to use words, write sentences (correctly), and much more. I feel this is a very useful book and could help younger children learn the proper way to write and to speak. I highly recommend
Teatime with Mrs. Grammar Person for young readers as well as adult who want to brush up on their grammar and spelling.
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Lori
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, essays
This is the third essay book I read by Barbara Venkataraman. This essay book is also an educational one as well. "Mrs.Grammar person has come to educate us on the proper use of grammar. I wish this book was around way back when I was in grammar school. I have forgotten so much. Mrs.Grammar person is here to remind us of proper grammar, such as the difference between "affect" and "effect" and so many other corrections we need to remember. I know I will read this fun essay book more than once. I w ...more
Gale
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I had much fun reading this book. Of course, it also came with school flashbacks and all those great English teachers who pounded, errrrr, taught grammar rules to us! I have to say that Ms. Venkataraman covered just about every grammatical rule, at least that I could remember, with a fun, cute story to go with it. (Wait. Did I just break a rule???) Seriously, this book would be a great tool for every author, or ANY individual, especially students. It will be an amazing reference for any wr ...more
Julie Fetcho
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Did not care for the rhyming with the writing. But overall very helpful in learning proper grammar whether you are writing or learning English as a second language.
Judy
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, humor
Since bad grammar is one of my pet peeves, how nice to see a quick and entertaining review of common grammar pitfalls. The tone reminds me a bit of Miss Manners, but of course the subject matter differs. Worth picking up for a quick grammar review and a bit of fun at the same time.
Donadees Corner
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone, every where
Recommended to Donadees Corner by: Gift from the Author
Teatime with Mrs. Grammar Person - Written by Barbara Venkataraman
An easy way to get in touch with grammar!

Fear not, Gentle Writer, Mrs. Grammar Person is here and she has the answers to all of the questions you never thought to ask. As a dedicated and serious grammarian, she will do what it takes to be entertaining and enlightening, but never vulgar or coarse. Heavens, no! Where are her smelling salts? Warm and witty, Mrs. G.P. makes grammar interesting with rhyming, wishful t
...more
David Eppenstein
This was another find shared by a GR friend (thanks Louise) and is more a pamphlet than a book. It is only 38 pages but a clever little collection of essays on common grammatical errors and word misuse. Now that might make it sound like something aimed at kids in school but it’s not. The author’s has very nicely woven many of her lessons into the narrative of her essay and kids would probably miss the subtlety of that technique. No, this is really aimed at adults, like me, that have failed to co ...more
Gayle B
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Whimsical look at grammar in the English language. As we all remember from grammar school, this topic is pretty dry and boring. This book is great, going over all kinds of problematic words and their proper usage, told like a story with fun examples, that might even help you remember the rules. It also includes funny (as in both peculiar and amusing) words such as lickety-split, brouhaha, gobbledydook etc. and their meaning, before Mrs. Grammar Person signs off for her dinner date with Mr. Synta ...more
Jean
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
A cleverly written little book that will help any who read it remember those tough English grammar, exception to the rule pieces.
Mary
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this humorous grammar help book! A very engaging, laugh out loud, helpful book.
Nancy Silk
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Mrs. Grammar Person Is The Best Teacher!

How's your grammar? Well, if there are certain words which baffle you from time to time, like some do me, here's an essay that is a fun lesson in grammar. Some word choices can be confusing to use, like there, they're, their; effect, affect; lay (things), lie (down), or the evil lie! Mrs. Grammar Person, offers the correct usage of words which may stymie readers and writers alike. Mrs. G.P. likes to write in verse, and gives good examples of c
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Terri
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A short yet straight to the point comedy about a character names Mrs. Grammar Person. Mrs. Grammar Person or Mrs GP starts out giving grammar lessons about nouns, verbs (past , present & future forms) past participles, reading, writing etc... in our English language. The English language is one of the more complicated languages and Mrs GP puts them out there for us in sentences at that in a quirky comical way.

It is in my opinion that this would be a great little book for the middle school a
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Dawn
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read a couple of books by Barbara Venkataraman and I liked both of them. She has a great sense of humor, which I enjoyed not only in A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamaties, but also in the mystery, Death by Didgeridoo.

When I accept a book by an author I already know I like, I often don’t read a summary of the book ahead of time. Sometimes, as in this case, I am surprised.

Tea Time with Mrs. Grammar Person is not only cute and witty but a fun way to brush
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Roberto Mattos
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is another masterpiece of this author, a brilliant storyteller. In this short essay, Mrs. Barbara tells in a very light and humorous way the subject of grammar, in a perspective that teaches without being obnoxious. Being a professor myself, I have to tell that this is a very important subject, as I have many students in my classes that clearly leave high school without knowing how to properly write using plain English language. The atrocities they commit are painful to read. In this essay, ...more
Leslie
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Here is the perfect book for Anglophile grammar geeks and language mavens! While the title made me smile, the book itself made me laugh out loud...repeatedly.

And I say "Anglophile" because the tone is "terribly" British...talk of biscuits and tea and so on.

But the meat of the book, what makes it fun, is the lighthearted gambol through the English language, from usage to verb types and tenses, which stymie me to this day...although this book makes them less threatening and
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Chris Torretta
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book enraptured me from the beginning. Mrs. Grammar Person is one to love from the start. Maybe it’s the fact that I enjoyed her love of grammar or the fact that she reminds me a bit of Mary Poppins. Whatever it is, I just love her!

Whatever it is, once again Barbara has written an adorable book with quite memorable characters. Another short story, so this was easy to get through but really I would have loved another 100 pages! Mrs. Grammar Person is just that cute!

Al
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Connie Anderson
What a better way of learning and recalling proper grammar than with vignettes that include the examples in sentences that make up the vignettes. Why no one ever thought to write like this long ago, when we struggled so hard in elementary school, is unimaginable. However, it is the brilliant mind of Ms. Barbara Venkataraman who is now trying to save us from those horrible grammatical errors that are so common today. Computers are to words what calculators are to math. We start to depend on spell ...more
Al
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, read-2015
A series of chapters that may have had a first life as blog posts, this small book teaches and refreshes grammar rules with an emphasis on word usage (common homophone errors, who vs whom, etc). The lessons are delivered by the fictional character Mrs. Grammar Person. She’s a bit over the top, even for a mild Grammar Nazi such as me, in how serious she takes her subject. But that seriousness is where the humor comes into play. Mrs. Grammar Person’s wordplay to illustrate her points was both amus ...more
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Award-winning author Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law. Her works include: "The Fight for Magicallus", a children's fantasy; "If you'd Just Listened to Me in the First Place", a humorous short story; and three books of humorous essays: "I'm Not Talking about You, Of Course," "A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities," and "A Smidge of Crazy", fr ...more