In The Scoop on Good Grammar, each chapter focuses on a particular aspect of culture: exploration, art and invention, food, sports, classic movies and TV, poetry, and travel.
Pairing English grammar rules with cultural touchstones—from baseball to bagels—makes learning fun!
The book opens with the chapter on exploration—with the landing on the Moon. Lesson one provides an important overview of the sentence—from high above Earth—to help readers see the big picture: Like each astronaut on a mission, every word in a sentence serves a function. These functions are called the parts of speech. There are eight of them: nouns, pronouns, prepositions, adjectives, adverbs, verbs, interjections, and conjunctions.
And with that information in hand—followed by definitions, examples, a practice question, and a quiz—the reader is ready to take off into a world of discovery!
Book Details (Paperback) 244 pages Age Range: 12 to Adult Size: 8.5 x 11 inches ISBN-13: 978-0-9913646-5-7
"An overview of the basics of English grammar, written at a level appropriate for both adults and children. . . . The book's greatest strength is its abundance of examples. . . . A thorough and useful adjunct to English textbooks and an effective reference tool." —Kirkus Reviews
"The Scoop on Good Grammar is a book that should be in every grammarian’s library. It is a quick and easy guide to all those little tangles every writer finds themselves in. It is full of comprehensive lists of grammar rules and exceptions that make fantastic reference tools for quick study and answers needed in a hurry." —Tania Staley for Readers' Favorite
"[P]hotos, sidebars of information, and concluding chapter quizzes enliven the entire presentation and make it simple and fun to absorb the basics of good grammar in an easy guide that can be used for ESL students, adults seeking a refresher course, or students learning grammar basics.” —Midwest Book Review, Diane Donovan
Memorable facts and trivia, beautiful photos, and seven cultural categories make this enjoyable grammar book easy to use. Here are the seven cultural categories:
Exploration Art and Invention Sports Food Classic Movies and TV Poetry Travel
Learn something new every day (not, everyday) and build your confidence with ease. Here are some of the everyday (not, every day) mistakes covered in The Scoop on Good Grammar:
• The Lopez’s are here. FIXED: The Lopezes are here.
• Welcome mat: The Ghirardelli’s FIXED: The Ghirardellis
• Our mother-in-laws are wonderful! FIXED: Our mothers-in-law are wonderful!
• Let’s keep this conversation between you and I. FIXED: Let’s keep this conversation between you and me.
• On behalf of the group and myself, I want to thank you. FIXED: On behalf of the group, I want to thank you.
• I appreciate you calling. FIXED: I appreciate your calling.
• It’s a two day class. FIXED: It’s a two-day class.
FROM THE INTRODUCTION
Learning should be a sweet experience. That’s why you’ll find a scoop of ice cream on the quiz pages throughout the book. You’ll also notice lots of sample words and sentences, beautiful photographs and illustrations, links to information online, practice questions, fun facts, and quizzes. As you’ll see, this grammar book is all about culture. For example, Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party will guide you through the definition of a noun, and cupcakes will help you learn about adjectives. With its comprehensive index, The Scoop on Good Grammar is easy to use. In no time at all, choosing the correct pronoun (it’s between you and me—not, between you and I) and the appropriate modifying word (it’s really sweet— not, real sweet) will become second nature to you.
Your invitations will be as welcoming as that statue that lifts her torch in the harbor: ~ Please join the Ghirardellis (not, the Ghirardelli’s) for a party!
Greeting people will become an occasion to shine: ~ How are you? ~ I’m fine, and you? (Not, I’m fine, and yourself?)
When you write, you’ll always point your readers in the right direction with proper punctuation marks. And at the end of the day, you'll lie (not, lay) down, relax, and take pleasure in the knowledge that your prized possession—your artful way with words—has been, in its (not, it’s) own way, as beautifying to the landscape as a masterpiece by Renoir. By the time you finish this book, you’ll be able to express yourself correctly with confidence and ease.
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