For students competing for the decreasing pool of college scholarships, writing a stellar entrance essay can make all the difference. With discrete explanations of vital grammar rules, common usage errors, and the other key concepts people need to refer to most often, Grammar Essentials For Dummies provides crucial information to help students communicate accurately and effectively. This guide is also a perfect reference for parents who need to review critical grammar concepts as they help students with homework assignments or college entrance essays, as well as for adult learners headed back into the classroom and people learning English as a next language. The Essentials For Dummies Series Dummies is proud to present our new series, The Essentials For Dummies. Now students who are prepping for exams, preparing to study new material, or who just need a refresher can have a concise, easy-to-understand review guide that covers an entire course by concentrating solely on the most important concepts. From algebra and chemistry to grammar and Spanish, our expert authors focus on the skills students most need to succeed in a subject.
Introduction. Chapter 1: Grasping Grammer Nitty-Gritty. Chapter 2: Making Peace between Subjects and Verbs. Chapter 3: Perfecting Your Pronoun Usage. Chapter 4: Constructing a Complete Sentence. Chapter 5: Drawing Parallels (Without the Lines). Chapter 6: Adjectives, Adverbs, and Comparisons. Chapter 7: Polishing Your Punctuation. Chapter 8: Capitalizing Correctly. Chapter 9: Choosing the Right Words. Chapter 10: Tackling Other Troublemakers. Chapter 11: Improving Your Writing. Chapter 12: Ten Ways to Improve Your Grammar Every Day. Index.
Geraldine Woods has more than 35 years of teaching experience and is the author of more than 50 books, including English Grammar Workbook For Dummies and Research Papers For Dummies.
Your concise and fun guide to mastering good grammar Need to brush up on your grammar pronto? This easy-to-use guide teaches you all the tricks of the grammar trade to help you communicate accurately and effectively. From making peace between subjectsand verbs to using commas and apostrophes correctly, you'll improve your writing and English skills in no time! Grasp grammar nitty-gritty — understand what grammar is and how to put it to work in the real world Start with your subjects — identify subjects, make subjects and verbs agree, and work with difficult subjects Prepare for pronouns — pair them with nouns, choose between singular and plural pronouns, and master the use of possessive pronouns Construct a complete sentence — steer clear of fragments and run-ons, join ideas, and watch out for danglers Understand adjectives and adverbs — find them, place them, choose between them, and avoid common mistakes Improve your writing — identify your audience, add meaning with strong verbs, and spice upboring sentences Open the book and find: Clear explanations of vital grammar rules Examples of correct and incorrect usage Strategies for solving grammatical dilemmas Punctuation principles The basics of capital letters How to choose the right words (such as whose vs. who's) Tips for tackling troublemakers such as double negatives and indirect objects Ten ways to learn better grammar Learn to: Exactly what you need to know to grasp grammar The must-know parts of speech What material often appears on college admissions tests