Simple, straight-forward, and accessible, this book could also be titled "The Busy Person's Quick Grammar Tune-up." Ideal for teachers, parents, and secondary students whose active knowledge of grammar and punctuation may be a bit rusty, this book organizes concepts in a clear and easy-to-find way. Seventeen pages address grammar definitions and problems; nineteen pages cover all major punctuation, capitalization and number issues, while the remaining twenty-nine pages give exercises and answers for practice. Originally written for business use but also friendly for the school room, this thin volume can help you answer even tough questions such as "who vs. which vs. that" or how to use semicolons correctly.
"Designed to answer the most pressing grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and usage questions . . . In this revised and updated tenth edition of her best-selling book, Jane Straus adds a new section on Confusing Words and Homonyms with hundreds of the trickiest words defined and explained. Hailed as 'a masterpiece of clarity and usefulness.'"
—From the Foreword by Mignon Fogarty, creator of the Grammar Girl podcast
The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation is filled with easy-to-understand rules, real-world examples, dozens of reproducible exercises, and pre- and post-tests.
This handy workbook is ideal for teachers, students in middle school through college, ESL students, homeschoolers, and professionals. Valuable for anyone who takes tests or writes reports, letters, Web pages, e-mails, or blogs, The Blue Book offers instant answers to everyday English usage questions.
Praise for Jane Straus and The Blue Book:
"Clearly presented so that you can easily find the informationyou're looking for. This is great for students or for anyone who has trouble remembering the rules of grammar and punctuation."
—Kate Russell, BBC World/ClickOnline
"Never has there been such a well-arranged, easily navigated guidebook as this. It is perfect for the homeschool family. One of the most practical, useable, beneficial resources, it doubles both as a quick reference guide and student workbook (with answers in the back)!"
—The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
"Grammarians and citizens, I invite you to raise a glass to Jane Straus. The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation is one-stop shopping for comprehensive grammar and style rules and is as charming as it is useful. I can't imagine one person whose writing wouldn't benefit enormously from reading this book."
—Kate McCulley, The Grammar Vandal
Jane Straus has created the popular Web site GrammarBook.com, which offers additional self-scoring, downloadable quizzes, video lessons, and a weekly online newsletter full of helpful tips.
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