My Grammar and I Or Should That Be Me?: How to Speak and Write it Right

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Sharpen your language skills and navigate your way around grammatical minefields with this entertaining and practical guide. For anyone who has ever been stumped by dangling modifiers and split infinitives, or for those who have no idea what these things even are, My Grammar and I...Or Should That Be Me? offers practical and humorous guidance on how to avoid falling into language pitfalls. Here are all the right tools to help you gain confidence as a speaker and writer, highlighting the most common language errors, such as wrongly used prepositions, misplaced modifiers, and confusing participles.

This refreshing refresher course covers:
? Spelling and Confusables-There are times when the spelling rule "i before e except after c" does not apply
? Parts of Speech-Is it "its" or "it's"? "Whose" or "who's"?
? Sentence Structure-Let us ponder the subject, or object, of "I" and "me"
? Punctuation-So where does a comma go?
? Elements of Style-There is more to grammar than knowing the difference between a subordinate object and a nonrestrictive apostrophe

And, for those grammar know-it-alls, there are entertaining "Smart Aleck" trivia, anecdotes, witticisms, and more. Clever and informative, this is the ideal gift for all English-language sticklers.

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Caroline Taggart has been an editor of non-fiction books for nearly 30 years. She is the author of several books, including I Used to Know That (Reader's Digest 2009).
J. A. Wines is a graduate of Oxford University and the author of several books on grammar and trivia.

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Will do for grammar what Eats Shoots and Leaves did for punctuation The Times Beautifully produced... a lot of fun Tribune If you belong to the generation who missed out on being taught grammar at school then out this book on top of your Christmas wish list. If you were taught, then put it on your wish list. Everyone should have this book, in fact... a great stocking filler for total grammar novices and experts alike The Northern Echo Sensible and concise... shows you how to make our wonderful, fluid language work for you rather than against you The Good Book Guide This book would be the perfect Christmas gift for anyone who is genuinely interested in why we write the way in which we do, or who likes doing what's right and proper The Basingstoke Gazette A useful book for anyone with an interest in the English language and an excellent stocking filler The Wolverhampton Chronicle A useable refresher... pedants will also find answers to those evergreen contentious teasers The Bournemouth Daily Echo It's a little gem that takes you on a tour of the English language Knutsford Guardian

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