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I didn't always read, but that changed in June of 2013. I dropped the unnecessary stuff and picked up the awesome stuff--like reading! I started posting my reviews on Amazon and within a few months rose to the top 0.1% of reviewers. My reviews then went to Goodreads, and now my blog (http://ryandejonghe.wordpress.com) and Twitter (@Ryan_Reads). If you are reading this, why not leave a comment or send me a note? I love talking to other folks about books and my reviews. Publishers and authors, feel free to drop me a note if you want me to review your book. I usually stick to mainstream publishing, but I'll consider anything. If I review your book, I’ll give you a fair and thorough review and let you know when the review goes live. You can reach me at dejonghes@gmail.com. Happy Reading!

The Only Grammar Book You'll Ever Need: A One-Stop Source for Every Writing Assignment

The Only Grammar Book You'll Ever Need: A One-Stop Source for Every Writing Assignment - Susan Thurman THE ONLY GRAMMAR BOOK YOU’LL EVER NEED lives us to its name: it may actually be the only grammar book you’ll ever need. It is by far the most comprehensive and concise book on grammar that I’ve read, so far. The book is practically pocket size at 7 inches tall and 5.4 inches wide, yet I was surprised at how much content was shoved inside.

While occasionally slipping in some light humor, the authors stick to their succinct approach: offering a definition with bolded terms, followed by charted examples. (For more detailed explanations of topics, I recommend SIN & SYNTAX; for more humorous conjecture, I recommend GRAMMAR SNOBS ARE GREAT BIG MEANIES). The book covers the basic parts of a sentence, parts of speech, and even fits in common errors found by copyeditors and teachers.

I was also impressed by the comparison of terminology, such as showing the similarities in terms between linking and copulative verbs. I appreciate the authors encouraging dictionary use to determine parts of speech, which can be particularly helpful in conjugating verbs or figuring out if a verb is transitive or intransitive.

A few minor things were missing from this book. I would have liked a usage example for the predicate nominative (e.g. “this is he”). I didn’t find any mention of nomilizations (not a standard English term). And I would have liked a better explanation of gerunds.

Overall, I found this book to be extremely helpful in my approach to learning better grammar. I checked it out from the library, but it’s so good that I plan on buying it and keeping it on my shelf for reference and review.