Thursday, September 3, 2009

Practical Grammar Made Quick and Easy

Do you know the difference between a clause and a phrase? How ’bout the proper place to use a semicolon or an apostrophe?

If you’re like me you probably don’t remember most of those grammar classes in grade school. Fortunately, I have a copyeditor to fix my grammatical mishaps, but for the average person, these common writing skills could probably use some work.

My Dog Bites the English Teacher by Marian Anders is a fun new way to learn practical grammar. From finding the subject and verb in a sentence to using proper punctuation, this book will be your guide to writing better résumés, papers, and letters or even just understanding the grammar homework your kids bring to the table.

This book breaks down grammar to the basics and gives the reader what Anders calls “practical grammar.” It teaches people what they need to know while avoiding unnecessary information.

According to Anders, learning to write correctly is like learning to drive a car. It’s a necessary skill that people need to learn. But you don’t need to learn how to rebuild a transmission or even know what a transmission is in order to be a safe and capable driver. And you don’t need to know the intricacies of traditional grammar to write well. “As long as your sentences are correct,” Anders says, “who cares if you don’t know the difference between a direct object and an indirect object?” (though this book will teach that, too, if you choose to read on)

“Many people will say that they don’t like grammar and don’t understand it,” says Anders. “We need a new way of learning grammar that is quick, easy and logical so that adults and students can fix the mistakes in their writing without driving themselves crazy.”

So if you’re tired of being grammatically challenged, then My Dog Bites the English Teacher is your one-stop-shop. It’s available in bookstores nationwide and online.

About the Author

Marian Anders has taught English literature, grammar, and composition to college students for the past twenty years. She developed her practical grammar teaching method to make English easier and less miserable for her students. She served as the English department chair at Pierce College in Puyallup, Washington, and currently teaches at St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also co-authored the book Step-by-Step: Teaching Grammar the Easy Way with Stefan Anders.

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