English Grammar For Dummies
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The fun and easy way to improve your grammar
Enhancing your speaking and writing skills helps in everyday situations, such as writing a paper for school, giving a presentation to a company's bigwigs, or communicating effectively with family and friends. English Grammar For Dummies, 2nd Edition gives you the latest techniques for improving your efficiency with English grammar and punctuation.
- Teaches the rules of verbs, adjectives, and adverbs; prepositions, propositions, and pronoun pronouncements; punctuation; possessives; and proofreading skills for all communication
- Geraldine Woods is the author of English Grammar Workbook For Dummies, College Admission Essays For Dummies, Research Papers For Dummies, SAT I For Dummies, 6th Edition, AP English Literature For Dummies, and AP English Language For Dummies
For speakers and writers of all skill levels, English Grammar For Dummies, 2nd Edition provides easy-to-follow, practical information for improving your command of English grammar.
LOOKS WRONG: The first verb is in present tense, and the next two are in past tense. WHY IT’S RIGHT: Both tenses are justified. The first part talks about Ralph now, explaining his present condition with a reference to the past. The shift is acceptable because the meaning of the sentence makes the shift necessary. Which sentence is correct? A. Eggworthy scrambled to the finish line a nano-second before the next fastest racer and then raised his arms in victory. B. Eggworthy scrambles to the
the day deleting hundreds of punctuation marks. (I also add a handful or two.) If you’re like most people, your writing has commas where none are needed. Go back and check each one. Is there a reason for that comma? If you can’t identify a reason, take the comma out. Swap with a Friend The best proofreading comes from a fresh pair of eyes. After you’ve written your essay, report, parole petition, or whatever, swap with a friend. You’ll see possible errors in your friend’s writing, and he or she
Introducing long quotations The rule concerning colons with quotations is fairly easy. If the quotation is short, introduce it with a comma. If the quotation is long, introduce it with a colon. Take a look at the following two examples for comparison. What did Lola say at the meeting? Not much, so a comma does the job. Lola stated, “I have no comment on the squirrel incident.” What did General Parker say at the press conference? Too much, so a colon is better. Parker explained: “The media
handkerchief. (The blowing and the swiping take place at nearly the same time — in the present.) To blow her nose daintily, Maya swiped a handkerchief. (The blowing and the swiping took place at nearly the same time — in the past.) To blow her nose daintily, Maya will swipe a handkerchief. (The blowing and the swiping will take place at nearly the same time — in the future.) No one in the known universe needs this information, so continue reading only if you love grammatical terms. Participles
word when you’re comparing Anna, Michael, Lola, and the rest of the study group — in other words, three or more elements. Never More Perfect: Using Words That You Can’t Compare Is this chapter more unique than the previous chapter? No, definitely not. Why? Because nothing is more unique. The word unique means “one of a kind.” Either something is one of a kind, or it’s not. Yes or no, true or false, one or zero (when you’re speaking in computer code). No halfway point, no degrees of uniqueness,