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By Lois C. Henderson
Published on October 8, 2010
 

Author: William B. Bradshaw
Publisher: Austin, TX: Synergy Books
ISBN: 0-9842358-5-X

Bradshaw is in a perfect position to have written such a book, as he earned his PhD under the instruction of Dr. Matthew Black, principal of St. Mary’s College at the University of St. Andrews, who was rigorous in the attention that he paid to grammatical correctness. Bradshaw himself is a firm adherent to the principles laid out in The Chicago Manual of Style: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers




Author: William B. Bradshaw
Publisher: Austin, TX: Synergy Books
ISBN: 0-9842358-5-X

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This brief refresher course to how to avoid making the ten grammatical errors that, in the opinion of the author, are the most frequently made and the most obvious provides an informative guide to how you can start to improve your grasp of the written language. Such errors, Bradshaw finds, are widespread across the media, appearing in advertisements, in movie and TV scripts, on websites, in news broadcasts and articles, as well as elsewhere in both private and public parlance. Bradshaw states: “My goal in writing this book has been…to provide a practical, easy-to-use, and trustworthy resource that the average person will find understandable and helpful when brushing up on English grammar.” Practicing good grammar, Bradshaw believes, can put one ahead in the business and social field, helping to give you the self-confidence to become a better speaker and communicator.

Of the many topics that Bradshaw covers in his guide, the following are those which I found to be most helpful: the use of punctuation with quotation marks, when to use “which” and when to use “that,” and when to use “less” and “fewer.” Throughout the work, the author provides examples of correct and incorrect grammar, so that one can clearly see how to implement the rules that he prescribes. In addition to the ten chapters that deal with the most common errors that people tend to make, Bradshaw provides a bonus section that covers exceptions to the general rules of grammar and unusual and complex usage of grammar facing us on a daily basis.

Bradshaw is in a perfect position to have written such a book, as he earned his PhD under the instruction of Dr. Matthew Black, principal of St. Mary’s College at the University of St. Andrews, who was rigorous in the attention that he paid to grammatical correctness. Bradshaw himself is a firm adherent to the principles laid out in The Chicago Manual of Style: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers.

Useful for anyone who has a keen interest in improving the correctness of the language that they speak and write, The Big Ten of Grammar makes an ideal volume to be kept by one’s side wherever one works, and should be acquired by all libraries, whether public of private collections.


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