It Was The Best Of Sentences, It Was The Worst Of Sentences: A Writer's Guide To Crafting Killer Sentences
In this wickedly humorous manual, language columnist June Casagrande uses grammar and syntax to show exactly what makes some sentences great-- ...more
Before you rush out for this one you should know that I spent my last day before vacation looking up the rule for the following scenario: Why do we say: "Turn the television on," but not "Turn on it."? (There is a rule--I found it--and ESL students are always desperate for the rules. I hope someone else asks me ...more
Casagrande brings a warm, modern-era tone to the mix. It's cl ...more
JK, Casagrande pens an amazing succinct and enjoyable book on the craft of sentences. I particularly liked the chapters on adverbs and semicolons.
At times the learning was hard going and while a shortish piece I took my time to absorb, and I suspect I'll come back to it again for grammar help (darn gerunds are the bane of my life)
Highly recommended for writers of all ilk, and of course those who hate ...more
I highly recommend this book not just to creative writers but to anyone who wants to improve their understanding or usage of the sen ...more
Whether you are a teacher, or a tutor, or a student who writes, you need this book. If you write at all in life, you need this book.
Granted, I already knew most of the grammar rules, and grammar is sort of my hobby (it gives me a reason to scold naive students with the rap of a rulebook). So some of these explanations might go over your head. But there's incredibly valuable grammar rules, style advice, and basic writing lessons in here. Know your audience. Write to s ...more
Though I already knew many of the basics that dealt with punctuation and grammar, I bought this book with the intention of honing my editing skills. Sentence structure is something I’m always on the lookout to improve while editing, so I truly enjoyed the chapters that dealt with word-by-word dissection of ad copy, paragraphs, opening lines, a ...more
No, I'm not trying to be facetious here, this really is a powerful little book. June Casagrande does an excellent job of illustrating her points with both bad and good examples. She walks us through the basics, and shows us how to spot—and how to fix—bad writing. It's easy to think a sentence is a ...more
Other than that, it's not too bad, and the chapters are short. ...more
Getting through the last 40 pages felt like I was crawling over broken glass and I still have a pencil in my eye but this is a book that I will have to get a copy of and keep by my desk. I feel so much smarter now and I don't have to use semicolons to prove it. ...more
It’s rare that you find a book on sentence construction that has so warm a tone. June Casagrande’s It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Longest of Titles is an excellent guide on writing, chock-full of common and uncommon issues that plague the amateur and the intermediate writer alike.
“A writer’s guide to crafting killer sentences,” the cover quips at you, and with good reason — why, only yesterday I wrote a sentence s ...more
June Casagrande does an excellent job of guiding writers through the pitfalls of crafting a sentence, carefully illustrating the many ways one can fumble with just a few words. She offers solid instruction on how to avoid the pitfalls, be on guard for common errors, and generally improve the sentences that form the foundation for all writing, whether it's fiction or non-fiction.
The book end ...more
It is full of entertaining examples of bad sentences and how to fix them. I'm good at spotting grammatical errors—that's my job. But I need practice fixing flabby and redundant sentences. This book has practical tips for that and Casagrande walks you through the steps to fix those problems. I'm definitely more aware of commo ...more
The book tries to approach the 'boring' subject of grammer in a conversational style. She speaks to the ...more
It was the best of sentences, it was the worst of sentences. is a small book that will impact your writing.
Yes, much better.
If you don't recognize the second sentence is better than the first - you may not understand why it is, but if you recognize it is - this book is a necessity.
If you do understand, you've probably read this book.
I didn't write "...don't recognize that the second sentence..." because It wa
In addition to entertaining, the book instructs. It provides useful tips on writing better. Casagrande's central thesis is that writers should (mostly) write to serve the Reader. Each of the sen ...more
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