Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Marsha Sramek
Publisher: Arch Press
“This book focuses on the most frequent errors in English and how to correct these errors. Unlike other grammar texts, there are enough practice sentences and exercises to overcome long-standing bad grammatical habits,” Marsha Sramek writes in the introduction of her book, The Great Grammar Book: Mastering Grammar Usage and the Essentials of Composition.
At two hundred and thirty-two pages, this recently revised paperback targets those wanting to improve their grammar, punctuation, and writing skills. Set up in textbook format, this hands-on tutorial corrects poor grammar while explaining general rules and instructions of proper English writing.
After pages of an introduction, acknowledgements, and a table of contents, a one-hundred question diagnostic test with answer key is given to help readers find their writing strengths and weaknesses. Twelve chapters are included regarding aspects of punctuation and grammar. The ending has an appendix of chapter-by-chapter answer keys and a topical index.
The dozen sections are divided into subject-verb agreement, common errors, pronouns, capital letters, apostrophes, complete sentences, punctuation, commas, irregular verbs, usage glossary, double negatives, and successful writing strategies. Each chapter offers white-on-black topic titles with gray highlighted rules including examples, followed by exercises about the subject as well as chapter review tests.
With over two thousand practice sentences, readers learn “alot” and “alright” are incorrect, the difference between good and well, seasons are not capitalized, numbers should be written out if less than three words, and an ellipsis is used when omitting words.
From the first segment explaining how to compose a complete sentence and know when to use non-essential commas to the last chapter that concentrates on writing concisely by eliminating wordiness, writers of any skill level will learn something.
Although the comprehensive, technical The Chicago Manual of Style has more detailed and exceptions-to-the-rule information regarding issues such as the dash, ellipsis, or apostrophe, this generalized workbook contains more sentence examples and drills.
Educating readers to write well-written sentences that are grammatically correct, Sramek’s easy-to-understand compilation simplifies the myriad of rules by breaking them systematically down and honing in on the repetition of exercises. If one is looking for a challenging book that teaches proficient writing, this may be the answer.
Thanks to the author, Arch Press, and Bookpleasures for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange of a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.
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