When BAD Grammar Happens to GOOD People
How to Avoid Common Errors in English
By Ann Batko
Edited by Edward Rosenheim
Read How You Want, (2012)
EasyRead Large Print, in 16 Point Font (Originally Published in Standard Print by Career Press)
Genre: English Grammar
Reviewed by Herbert White - May 10, 2012
No matter what your career, using good grammar is an essential skill. Using good grammar will not only help you to express yourself clearly, but it will also help you make a good first impression. This is because, in this digital age, your first introduction to potential employers, customers, friends, lovers, etc., is likely to be in a written form and you want to put your best foot forward. Regrettably, many English speakers/writers have an imperfect grasp of English grammar, in part because it is not studied as intensely in school nowadays as it was in the past. So what are you to do?
To the rescue comes Ann Batko, a business communications expert. In her book, When BAD Grammar Happens to GOOD People, Batko presents a basic overview of English grammar, and throughout she points out common grammar mistakes errors that people, and shows you how to avoid them. This is not a comprehensive English grammar textbook, nor is it meant to be. This book is designed to help you pinpoint potential grammar problems that you have and to teach you how to overcome these problems by learning the underlaying grammatical concepts associated with these common mistakes.
To get you started, this book begins with a pretest that will help you to identify problem areas that you might have, and then you can just work on the relevant sections of the book. Or, you can use this book as a 'basic' grammar book and work through it from beginning to end. Along the way you will learn just about all you need from what a noun is and how to avoid sentence fragments to deleting superfluous prepositions and to avoid mixing up words that look alike, but aren't. Throughout, Batko offers numerous, short tests that enable you to test your knowledge and understanding of the principles under discussion. When BAD Grammar Happens to GOOD People also includes numerous "Don't Say / Say Instead" tips that will help you perfect both your speaking and writing skills.
In many ways, When BAD Grammar Happens to GOOD People is a complete grammar course that focuses on common grammar mistakes. It is also a handy reference book that you can refer to when you need an answer to a specific question or when you just need to brush up in just a few categories. Informative and fun to use, I highly recommend this book for students of all ages, business professionals, writers, speakers, and those who want to improve their basic grammar skills, avoid common grammar mistakes, and who want to improve their overall communication skills.
When BAD Grammar Happens to GOOD People is available from Read How You Want, an on-demand publisher that makes books available in a variety of formats including Braille, DAISY, and five different large print formats. This range of formats makes this, and other books, available not only to visually impaired individuals, but also anyone with a reading or physical disability that makes reading standard print books difficult.
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