Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

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Macmillan, Jul 8, 2008 - Reference - 240 pages
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Online sensation Grammar Girl makes grammar fun and easy in this New York Times bestseller

Are you stumped by split infinitives? Terrified of using "who" when a "whom" is called for? Do you avoid the words "affect" and "effect" altogether?

Grammar Girl is here to help!

Mignon Fogarty, a.k.a. Grammar Girl, is determined to wipe out bad grammar--but she's also determined to make the process as painless as possible. A couple of years ago, she created a weekly podcast to tackle some of the most common mistakes people make while communicating. The podcasts have now been downloaded more than twenty million times, and Mignon has dispensed grammar tips on Oprah and appeared on the pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.
Written with the wit, warmth, and accessibility that the podcasts are known for, Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing covers the grammar rules and word-choice guidelines that can confound even the best writers. From "between vs. among" and "although vs. while" to comma splices and misplaced modifiers, Mignon offers memory tricks and clear explanations that will help readers recall and apply those troublesome grammar rules. Chock-full of tips on style, business writing, and effective e-mailing, Grammar Girl's print debut deserves a spot on every communicator's desk.

 

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Helpful tips for a writer at any stage. - Goodreads
The best overview for grammar. - Goodreads
Nice desk reference but the podcasts are way better. - Goodreads
This is a GREAT grammar and writing book. - Goodreads
Excellent desk reference for those nagging questions. - Goodreads
Quick and easy reference guide with a splash of humor. - Goodreads

Review: Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (Quick and Dirty Tips)

User Review  - Joey - Goodreads

True to its title, this is a quick and dirty overview of basic grammar and writing style. There were some informative explanations of rules I already knew, but definitely found a lot of clarification ... Read full review

Review: Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (Quick and Dirty Tips)

User Review  - Julia Lee - Goodreads

Love Grammar Girl! Helpful tips for a writer at any stage. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 Dirty Words
5
2 Grammar Girl on Grammar
52
Starting a Sentence
72
4 Punch Up Your Punctuation
84
Capitalization
129
Getting the Stuntmen of Language Under Control
139
7 Internet Intervention
148
9 Work It
179
Grammar Party at My Place
193
Appendices
195
Bibliography
203
Quick and Dirty Grammar at a Glance
205
Acknowledgments
211
Index
213
Copyright

Style and Writing
167

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2008)

Mignon Fogarty is the creator of Grammar Girl and founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips Network. A technical writer and entrepreneur, she has served as an editor and producer at a number of health and science Web sites. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Washington in Seattle and an M.S. in biology from Stanford University. She lives in Reno, Nevada.

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