Grammar for Success
Grammar for Success will guide you through the challenges and intricacies of usage, spelling, and punctuation. You won't be loaded down with abstract theories. Grammar will be explained only as it applies to usage...to language in action, to ideas and strategies that you can use everyday of your writing life.
First, you will learn how to avoid the 60 most common and serious word mix-ups. English has by far the largest vocabulary in the history of humankind. Our language is the most prolific word-making machine that has ever been invented, with over 616,500 words. That's why there are so many confusable words...mischievous imps such as lie and lay, less and fewer, affect and effect. As concisely as possible, you will learn how to sort them out. Then you will systematically review the most common structural problems that beset pronouns, verbs, modifiers, prepositions, and conjunctions.
Remove Obstacles in Your Path.
Next comes a lesson on spelling. Linguist Mario Pei has described English spelling as "the world's most awesome mess". Spelling is not messy as it may appear. By learning essential rules and memory devices good spellers use, you will come to see the orderliness of English spelling.
Finally, we provide an outline of all the basic marks of punctuation. As with spelling, the aim is to demystify the battalion of punctuation marks and show you how they will help you communicate what you want to say in writing. Writing well is one of life's greatest joys. Grammar for Success will help you acquire the skills necessary to imbue your writing with style and effectiveness. And remember, this is an audio series, so all you have to do...is listen!
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