- Publisher: W Foulsham & Co Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 192 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 140mm x 22mm | 200g
- Publication date: 1 April 2003
- Publication City/Country: Berkshire
- ISBN 10: 0572028113
- ISBN 13: 9780572028114
- Sales rank: 487,534
If the best advice you can glean from some grammar books is 'Be sure that a pronoun, a participial phrase or an appositive refers clearly to the proper subject', would it help you to improve your written English? I don't think so! When you just need to know whether to use 'practice' or 'practise', you don't want to be enmeshed in past participles, pluperfects or prepositional phrases - only to find that you don't understand the definition anyway. You need an easy-to-find, straightforward explanation and a clear example so that you can get the job done. This is not a book about theory; it's about learning how to use English correctly. It will show you what to do, when and why - so you can avoid the pitfalls, improve your English and never make the same mistakes twice. You'll find everything you really need to know - and nothing you don't! This is a totally indispensable little book.
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Carolyn started her career at the top working as Head Chef for a restaurant but eventually switched to journalism where, in 1977, she was able to combine her love of food with her flair for words when she became Deputy Cookery Editor for Woman magazine. Over the years she has freelanced for numerous women's, parenting, education, food and lifestyle magazines as well as for PR companies specialising in food, nutrition and health. She has written over 40 books and has taught both cookery and journalism at further education level. She has written many books for Foulsham and sold over 92,000 books in 2006 alone.
The Essentials series has cornered the market with its accessible, concise books for everyday reference. After all, which of us couldn't use some grammatical sprucing up? The basics of simple English grammar are something that many of us feel confident about, but just reading a few pages of this guide demonstrates that we all have something to learn. While few of us have taken the trouble to learn formal grammar, it is more and more essential for business and academic success that we write English in a clear and correct fashion. This might be a question of spelling or the correct use of punctuation (just look at shop signs to see how much education people need in that area!), or more complex issues such as use of the subjunctive. Carolyn Humphries has a solution for all these problems: the explanations she gives for the user of English are always straightforward and commonsensical and whether you need to learn a distinction between various words that sound the same, crack the meaning of foreign words used in English or see what abbreviations are acceptable, then this is the book for you. The information boxes on most pages are particularly helpful, encapsulating the crucial information in just a few sentences. This volume stands out in an overcrowded field, and there are few people who use the English language who won't gain something from it. (Kirkus UK)