Painless Grammar

Painless Grammar

by Rebecca Elliott Ph.D.

Paperback(Third Edition)

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Overview

Most students and many teachers think of grammar books as being, at best, necessary evils--but here's a book that breaks free from the pattern and takes the boredom out of grammar. Written primarily for children on the middle-school level, this book mixes parts of speech and proper punctuation with healthy portions of humor, down-to-earth examples, and fun illustrations that will appeal to adolescents. While kids are learning painlessly about how to make verbs agree with their subjects and pronouns with their antecedents, they look at some of the wackier words in the English language and see how they are often misused. A final chapter gives basic instructions for editing, which the author calls a fancy word for cleaning up messy writing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764147128
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Series: Barron's Painless Series
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction iv

Chapter 1 Parts of Speech 1

Noun Pointers 3

Pronoun Pointers 16

Verb Pointers 25

Adjective and Adverb Pointers 44

Conjunction Pointers 54

Preposition Pointers 60

Interjection Pointers 64

Chapter 2 Building and Punctuating Sentences 77

Sentences, Fragments, Phrases, and Clauses 79

Road Signs: Punctuation 86

Highlights: Abbreviations, Symbols, Numbers, and Emphasis 145

Chapter 3 Agreement 169

Agreement Between Subject and Verb 171

Agreement Between Pronouns and Antecedents 180

Chapter 4 Words, Words, Words 191

Wacky Words We Love to Misuse 193

One Word or Two? 219

Confusing Pears 220

Chapter 5 Cleaning Up Messy Writing 229

Chapter 6 Writing a Good E-mail 265

Chapter 7 Getting It All Together: Editing a Paper 277

Index 286

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Painless Grammar 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that "gifted student" needs to take a second look at this book, or maybe he needs to look at "Painless Spelling". A gifted student working at high school level should know the difference between "to and too" and "it's and its". I recommend this book to my advanced 9th grade English students and have never gotten any complaints.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I edit manuals and create technical instruction sheets. This is my favorite grammar book. I enjoy the humor and simple explanations. Even though this book was written for children, adults will find the information useful and fun to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elliott has written a lighthearthed volume that is sure to get the point across hilariously, if not painlessly. My only hesitation in using it as a classroom set is the author's use of "a lot of" as acceptable in formal English. Have we really come to this? Must we give in at last to this phrase that subverts the writer's craft. Using "a lot of" "a lots" ruins the writer's articulation "alot." I would like to hear the author's justification for including this phrase in her book without comment as to its acceptablilty and overuse.
robindejarnett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great book - lots of grammar rules and tips, along with many hilarious examples. A wonderful reference for any writer.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm in gifted classes, and currently doing high school work and SAT prep. This book was to easy. It may be good for younger kids, but it's 'highschool level' as the cover says, is a lie.