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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Grammar and Style, 2nd Edition (The Complete Idiot's Guide) [Paperback]

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Pages   356
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 7.75" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 5, 2003
Publisher   Alpha
ISBN  1592571158  
EAN  9781592571154  

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Provides information on grammatical rules and how to use them, with advice on adding variety to writing, and examples of the right and wrong way to say things.

Publishers Description
You're no idiot, of course. You've probably written your share of book reports,, term papers, e-mails, and thank you notes. The rules of writing can be confusing, however, and might result in final drafts riddled with gaffes, typos, and errors!

The Complete Idiot's Guider to Grammar and Style, Second Edition, will take you step by step through the basics of spelling, punctuation, and sentence formation to help you become an effective communicator of the written word! In this revised and updated Complete Idiot's Guider, you get:

  • Explanations of writing styles including exposition, narration, argumentation, and description.

  • Definitions of such writing mistakes as dangling modifiers, mixed metaphors, and split infinitives–and how to avoid them.

  • Examples of model documents such as resumes, cover letters, and thank you notes.

  • The differences between drafting a business letter and crafting a personal one.

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Not bad  Aug 26, 2007
Over all the Idiot's Guide to Grammar and Style offers good information that is usually easy to understand. However, the child-like humor ruined it for me. The auther often talks down to you as if you are truely an idiot, which I find unprofessional. There are wierd sentences scattered through out the book, such as, sacred cows, which are holy, make the best hamburgers. What the hell kind of sentence is this? Perhaps she has something against Hindus. Between the odd sentence examples and child-like humor you will find good information. Sometimes the author says things like I guarantee you will understand such and such after you finish this chapter, but the chapter is short and not clear at all. I was debating giving this book 3 stars, but it does a good enough job to earn 4.
The sense of humor gets in the way  May 18, 2006
In some ways it's tough to see who this book is aimed at. It starts off with the very basics (what's a noun?), so it seems to be aimed at people who really don't know the first thing about grammar, but it moves quickly after that. Perhaps the book is aimed at people who need to brush up on details, or clear up confusions, and Rozakis just felt it necessary to explain the basics first. At any rate, either you'll find the first part of the book interminably boring, or you'll find the rest of it confusing. .

At first I liked the sense of humor with which this book was written; I thought it was a good way to make boring grammar more interesting. Many of the example sentences are jokes, and the author sprinkles irony and sarcasm liberally throughout. However, I'm not remarkably familiar with jokes, but even I have heard many of these jokes before. There's little change in the tone or type of humor throughout, and after a while it feels forced and unrelenting--not to mention annoying. The humor also gets in the way of the information. I can deal with the idea that different people enjoy different types of humor, but this third point is unforgivable. There are times when the author says things because they're funny, and because of that amusing phrasing she confuses the reader on one grammar point or another.

There aren't many typos in this book; in any other book I'd have no reason at all to complain about this number of typos. However, it is the unfortunate truth that in a book about grammar, a single mistake can leave someone confused on a grammar issue. There are several places where Rozakis says contradictory things, and it seems clear that this is the result of a slip of the fingers. But because no one caught these bits, the material presented is unclear.

Sometimes Rozakis just plain moves too fast. She'll briefly explain something and then move on when she hasn't yet given enough of an explanation for me to really know what she's talking about. There are some topics she dealt with that I still don't understand. When she brings up big words from previous chapters, she doesn't stop to remind us of what they mean--she just charges onward. This leaves the reader stranded, flipping back and forth to figure out what's going on.

By this time it probably sounds like I hate this book, and you wouldn't be far from the mark in assuming that. I read it from cover to cover and found it tiresome, frustrating, and downright annoying. However, this book does contain a great deal of in-depth grammar information. Most sections include enough examples to teach you what you need to know. Taken in small doses the humor can be fun (in particular, the humor makes the examples of bad writing less headache-inducing). The index is very handy, and there are some good and unusual sections in here on things like non-sexist language, writing "bad news" letters, and putting together an effective resume.

I think this book would probably make a much better reference book than text book. Or perhaps it would work as a text book if you read a chapter now and then, rather than reading it straight through. If you aren't sure whether this is the right book for you, then check it out at the library or thumb through it at the book store.
Everything you need to know about the English Language is right here in front of your eyes  Dec 26, 2005
If you need to study up on English for whatever reason, this is the book. It's so easy to understand. It covers everything in the English language. It's amazing. I read the entire thing dilligently and I have to say that I've never understood proper English until now. If you want to know more about English -- your search ends here. This is the book. No other book compares. This is where the road ends!
Informal and General Approach  Dec 12, 2003
The subject of grammar is one that always had me cringing fairly quickly in English and Journalism classes I had in grammar school and again in high school. This is material that more often than not comes off as very dry. And yet grammar is very important in producing clear, concise and quality writing. This book goes a long way in demystifying and explaining the basics of grammar. And it does it in an informal way that makes it easier to grasp all the important concepts of grammar and style.

Every grammatical article, be it noun, verb, dangling participle, or adverb is covered here. Starting off with a basic over view of grammar in the first few chapters, the book then goes on to discuss parts of speech, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, prepositional phrases, clauses, even chapters on proper punctuation and spelling. It does all this in a way that keeps your attention. If only my English teachers way back when could have kept this material interesting.

There's even a section near the book's end about business writing, be it cover letters, resumes, memos or email. This proves how important good clear writing is in the business world as well as everywhere else. And also, this is a book you can refer back to when faced with a "grammar question," since it's also a good "grammar reference" book. If you do a lot of writing, either for business or pleasure this is an excellent book to have around.

Not for ESLs  Sep 25, 2002
I bought this book and read it, it is interesting however, it includes many jokes inserted in between subjects which I could not understand, that's may be because English is my second language, and I felt that all I am wasting my time reading unnessary jokes which for some people might be funny. If English is your second language, I do not recommend buying it.

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