Book Review: The Big Ten of Grammar by: William B. Bradshaw

The Big Ten of Grammar: Identifying and Fixing the Ten Most Frequent Grammatical Errors
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Publisher: Synergy Books
 
Publish Date: 6 July 2010
 
Origins: Publicist for Review
 
Format: Paperback
 
Blurb: Have you ever hesitated when choosing between I or me? Have you had trouble figuring out tricky pronouns like who or whom? What about those always-troublesome commas-do they go before or after the quotation marks? If you're anything like the rest of us, you struggle with these age-old grammatical issues. In this practical and easy-to-understand handbook, Dr. William B. Bradshaw identifies the ten most common errors in English grammar and helps you to recognize and correct these mistakes, enabling you to write and speak with greater clarity in your personal and professional life. The Big Ten of Grammar is the perfect guide for students, teachers, and professionals to use in brushing up on their grammar.
 
Review in 5: Informational, Eye-opening, Useful, Thin, and Slow
 
Review: I started to read this book and then I began to freak out. I apparently don't remember anything from school about grammar! I am appalled at some of the things I have been doing with my writing and such, this book makes me want to do better. As with anything else, it will take practice.

Seeing as this book is non-fiction and informational in nature I can't particularly go into detail about character and plot but I can describe a bit about what you might find inside this book's pages. I do have to say I wish the author could have found a more fun way of explaining his subject matter but we get what we get and the author's presentation of the information was slow and hard for me to plug through. On the other hand, there are great examples of errors and great ways to help yourself catch your grammatical blunders before you make them. There are also excellent introduction and conclusion chapters in this book, very good!

Inside you will find excellent examples of correct/incorrect punctuation and grammatical errors. The one I have the most trouble with I would say is the pronouns (him, her, his, hers, etc). I read through the entire book but of course I was unable to retain every detail so I am going to separate the chapters per week, for ten weeks and then focus on one grammatical blunder each week. Then practice, practice, practice.

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5 comments:

  1. Awesome. I need a good refresher. I tell my students (because they think I'm an expert on all thing grammatical) that I actually earned a B- in Traditional English Grammar in college. Not so stellar.

    I'll have to get my hands on a copy of this book before I misinform any more of my students!

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  2. I always hated grammar in school but mostly because all my teachers for that subject weren't exactly nice. This book sounds a bit boring. I know I've heard of similar a book that takes a more fun approach somewhere. Probably something Nymeth reviewed.

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  3. I'm always amazed when I realize how much I've forgotten since school (if I ever learned it at all!). I'll have to love for thos one.

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  5. Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing by Mignon Fogarty makes grammar more fun.

    I did a short review here: <a href="http://teddyrose.blogspot.com/2008/12/grammar-girls-quick-and-dirty-tips-by.html>Grammar Girl</a>

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