My Dog Bites The English Teacher, Practical Grammar Made Quick and Easy – Book Review And Giveaway

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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My Dog Bites The English Teacher – Practical Grammar Made Quick and Easy
by Marian Anders
List $14.95
ISBN-10: 0979488419
ISBN-13: 9780979488412
Paperback, 224pp
Publisher: Aviary Publishers Incorporated

Does your writing need help? Do you use too many run ons? Are your sentences made up of just fragments? Do you overuse commas? My Mom, a retired English teacher) says I do. You don’t have to be in school to be concerned about good grammar. Grammar has the power to affect our professional success and personal relationships. My Dad once wrote my Mom a love letter. She corrected it in red ink and gave it back. He never wrote her a love letter again. There’s a no win situation. Marian Anders, a college English professor, felt that many people don’t understand correct grammar and that there needed to be an easier way to learn the basics. As a result, she authored My Dog Bites The English Teacher – Practical Grammar Made Quick and Easy.

From the publisher – This book is for people who want to improve their writing. Clear explanations and step-by-step directions show how to find and fix mistakes in writing such as fragments, commas, and others. Stick with the basics in the first five chapters, or read to the end and learn the intricacies of traditional grammar. This book shows writers how to identify and fix fragments, comma splices, run-ons, commas, apostrophes, and other common mistakes using a logical, step-by-step method that always works.

I found the book to be a fun and easy read. Her writing style is friendly. There’s no super technical jargon to confuse, it’s all explained in easy to understand wording with examples. There are exercises to practice scattered throughout the book to help you measure your progress. I particularly liked the chapter on case and agreement. It would make a terrific desk reference for anyone, especially students starting to write term papers. It would also be a great book for anyone rejoining the workplace or folks wanting to improve their writing skills. At under $15.00 this book is a great gift idea as well.

My Dog Bites The English Teacher – Practical Grammar Made Quick and Easy is available at bookstores nationwide and online.

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33 comments

Stimey September 20, 2009 - 12:00 am

I love grammar books. I always get its/it’s right, but every single time I have to sound out the contraction “it is” to figure out which one to use.

Angela September 20, 2009 - 1:43 am

Oh my I always have to think REALLY hard about their, they’re, there, oh I think there is one more in there. LOL I usually just end up writing they are.

Val Pearson September 20, 2009 - 5:50 am

Somewhere from my mind to my hands I always get stuck on loose and lose and who’s and whose.

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NGS September 20, 2009 - 4:26 pm

Oh, my gosh. I will rewrite entire sentences so that I don’t have to figure out if it’s affect or effect. I’m ashamed to admit it, but there you go.

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Marci September 20, 2009 - 5:53 pm

I have always had a hard time then/than. Considering I am homeschooling my daughter I could use this book to keep up with her…LOL!

Marci September 20, 2009 - 5:53 pm

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pat. September 21, 2009 - 8:01 am

I still prefer the formal technical approach for myself.

Annmarie W. September 21, 2009 - 10:29 am

I pride myself on being pretty grammar-savvy. But I still fall into the there/their rut sometimes!

Annmarie W. September 21, 2009 - 10:30 am

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Annmarie W. September 21, 2009 - 10:32 am

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Marj M. September 21, 2009 - 12:12 pm

Oh I have a few that are problematic. Morel and moral which are totally different meanings and their and there.

Neas Nuttiness September 21, 2009 - 7:56 pm

If you hadn’t asked, I probably could have come up with several…but right/write, now I’m coming up with nothing! LOL
Great/grate giveaway:-)

Neas Nuttiness September 21, 2009 - 7:57 pm

I’m an email subscriber – thanks.

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Neas Nuttiness September 21, 2009 - 8:18 pm

I commented at Here and There…Where Is The Heart Of Your Home, post.
Thanks so much.

Melissa N. September 22, 2009 - 12:36 pm

Affect and effect get me every time. *lol*

Heidi V. September 23, 2009 - 11:23 pm

Two for me are Tail/Tale and Higher/Hire

Yvette @ True Crime Books September 24, 2009 - 3:24 am

I don’t really have any words that confuse me but I can mention 2 which seem to confuse a lot of people
lose and loose

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Wendi P September 24, 2009 - 9:30 pm

My spelling is usually very good. My sentence structure needs some serious help though!

pixie13 September 25, 2009 - 12:59 am

My spelling is usually ok, even with homophones. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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Dianad September 26, 2009 - 8:43 am

I guess the most confusing to me are their, there, and they’re. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

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