Friday, October 23, 2009


The Gremlins of Grammar - A Guide to Conquering the Mischievous Myths That Plague American English  by Toni Boyle and K.D. Sullivan

Writing a blog and then publishing it for the entire world to see suddenly makes one aware of, say, certain lame ass  nobel attempts at grammar and puncuation.  So, in light of the constant awareness that my grammar sucks, I picked this little baby up at the local Chapters.  And let me tell you - it is FANTASTIC!  Not only does it have much, if not all, of the basics that you need to know to actually form a sentence correctly, it does it all in an extremely fun style.  The book is enormously entertaining and the tongue-in-cheek voice of both authors is well worth your money, not to mention the handiest reference book ever.

From the back cover:

Do you dare to split infinitives?  Do you tremble at the thought of ending sentences with a preposition?  Or are you totally clueless when it comes to making sense of syntax?

Whether you're an aspiring wordsmith or an avowed grammar geek, you'll get a kick out of  this witty instructional book that takes the bite out of American English and tells you exactly what you need to know about:  
  • Parts of speech:  Be accurate in your use of adjectives, adverbs, and even interjections -- hooray!
  • Punctuation:  Know where to stick your commas and those other pesky marks.
  • Pronouns: Figure out which is which and who does what to whom.
  • Verbs: Get a little action into your sentences.  
RATING:  5/5

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