Get good guidance on using English well English is a hard language to get right. It's all too easy to make simple mistakes, whether writing or speaking—which can land you in embarrassing social situations or even cost you a job. Luckily, Basic English Grammar For Dummies UK Edition is here to help you get to grips with English. Without the complexity of formal grammar and through plenty of examples and brief exercises, it gets you up and running on common spelling errors, how to structure sentences to make yourself easily understood, and find the right tone and style for any situation, whether you're talking on the phone or writing a letter, email, or text. Is it good or well? There, their or they're? Some people don't have to think twice about using proper English grammar, but for the rest of us it can become tricky and confusing. Easy to understand and free of jargon, this friendly and accessible guide sticks to the basics and makes it easy to build your English grammar skills. In no time, you'll leave the ‘me or I?' debate at the door and speak and write confidently and correctly. Includes quizzes and self-tests Provides guidance on composing letters, emails, and texts Uses easy vocabulary to make the content accessible to all Serves as a great guidebook to English grammar for overseas learners If English is your second language or you simply missed or have forgotten the nuances that were taught in school, Basic English Grammar For Dummies UK Edition is the fast and easy way to brush up on your skills and make a good impression.
Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Basic? English Grammar 5 Chapter 1: Getting a Grip on Grammar 7 Chapter 2: Language in Action 21 Part II: The Parts of Speech 31 Chapter 3: People to See, Places to Go, Things to Remember: Recognising? Nouns 33 Chapter 4: Practising Pronouns 47 Chapter 5: Doing and Being Words: Verbs 65 Chapter 6: Describing with Adjectives and? Adverbs 83 Chapter 7: Little Things Mean a Lot: Prepositions 101 Chapter 8: Joining and Commenting: Conjunctions and Interjections 113 Part III: Creating Correct Sentences 125 Chapter 9: Making Progress: Verbs Ending in –ing 127 Chapter 10: Revisiting the Past: The Perfect Tenses 139 Chapter 11: Searching for Subjects 153 Chapter 12: Adding Meaning with Complements 169 Chapter 13: Finishing the Job: Writing Complete Sentences 183 Part IV: Punctuation and Capitalisation 197 Chapter 14: Small Punctuation Mark, Big Trouble: Apostrophes 199 Chapter 15: Pausing for a Rest: Commas 213 Chapter 16: Who Said What: Quotation Marks 229 Chapter 17: Big or Small? When to Write Capital Letters 243 Part V: Grammar in Action 259 Chapter 18: Writing with Electronic Media 261 Chapter 19: Presentation Slides and Bulleted Lists 273 Chapter 20: Writing at School and on the Job 285 Part VI: Common Errors 299 Chapter 21: Spelling Your Way to Perfection 301 Chapter 22: Tricky Word Traps 311 Chapter 23: Avoiding Common Mistakes 323 Part VII: The Part of Tens 333 Chapter 24: Ten Easy Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills 335 Chapter 25: Ten Mistakes to Avoid 341 Index 347
Geraldine Woods has more than 35 years of teaching experience. She is the author of more than 50 books, including English Grammar Workbook For Dummies and Research Papers For Dummies.
Learn to: Become confident with written and spoken English Develop your skills without learning complex grammar Improve your spelling and avoid common mistakes Grammar getting you down? This book will cheer you up! Is it their, they're, or there? How do you spell the plural of bunny? If English gets you in a stew, fear not—help is at hand! No more rules to memorize—just basic, accessible explanations which are simple to grasp. Learn how to structure a sentence to be easily understood, find tips on how to use the correct tone to fit the situation, receive advice on common spelling and grammatical errors, and much more. The building blocks of English — understand what each part of speech does, and you'll find it easier to know the right word to use Tame the tough stuff — learn tips and tricks to help you remember how to handle tricky situations Texting, talking, or writing a letter — find out the appropriate style and tone for different forms of communication Make friends with punctuation — knowing the purpose of commas, quotation marks, and that often misused apostrophe will help you know what to use where Improve your job chances — master the basic grammar and spelling skills which will make you more appealing to employers Make an impression — find out how to write a business presentation, slide show, or school report which reflects well on you and impresses others Open the book and find: Quizzes to show you where you need help Easy ways to build your vocabulary What makes a sentence complete Tips for using the right tense When you should and shouldn't use capitals Shortcuts to super spelling Word traps and how to dodge them Common mistakes to avoid
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