A Grammar Book for You and I-- Oops, Me!: All the Grammar You Need to Succeed in Life

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Capital Books, 2002 - Business & Economics - 430 pages
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In America today college professors cringe at the lack of writing skills displayed by their students, business leaders bemoan poor communicative skills among their employees, and people themselves recognize that they (and their children) have a problem and want to do something about it. This inviting book introduces readers anew to the eight parts of speech and common grammatical problems -- such as the case of pronouns depicted in the book's title, the tension between nouns and verbs, the controversy of the active vs. passive voice, and the power of a verb-based style. Then equipped with a knowledge of the parts of speech and the power of the verb form, Good presents his theory of style and the craft of sentences -- including those important marks of punctuation.REVIEWS "What fun! Here's a book that is easy-to-understand, full of clear and concrete examples of usage, and just plain entertaining to read. I never thought I'd say that about a grammar book.... From the first page of the preface, where the author explains why he wrote this book, I was hooked. As a matter of fact, as I was reading the preface, my husband wanted to know why I was laughing.... This book would work well as a grammar course for a high school student or as a reference for a parent who needs to brush up on grammar skills before teaching grammar....I definitely recommend this book. I learned a great deal in the reading, and it is on my list of must-reads for my high school student. After she's done with it, it'll go on the shelf for future reference. As you can see, it is a useful book." -- Jean Hall, The Eclectic Homeschool Online
 

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Contents

Born to Speak
23
Presentation Not Conversation
37
Breath is Life
55
Learning from Stanislavski
79
The TalkPower Action Formula
95
Introductions and Jokes
117
The Topic and Message Sentence
131
The Background
149
The Conclusion
213
Show and Tell
233
Self Esteem
245
Planning Makes Perfect
261
From Butterflies to Basket Cases
273
In Your Own Words
295
Other Performance Situations
309
In Conclusion
347

The Menu Point Section and Climax
163
The Q
195
Appendix
353
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C. Edward Good currently serves as Counsel and Writer-in-Residence at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, L.L.P. in Washington, D.C. -- the largest law firm in the world specializing solely in intellectual property law. Mr. Good conducts ongoing training programs in effective writing for the firm's lawyers, many of whom have masters and doctorate degrees in science and engineering. He is the author of 'A Grammar Book for You and I . . . oops, Me!' and "Mightier Than the Sword -- Powerful Writing in the Legal Profession," which has been adopted at Yale Law School and many other law schools around the country.

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