Let’s be honest and confess to a distressing truth, embarrassing thought it might be.
Even the best educated of us New Jersey desis are not grammar pros.
We stumble frequently, both in writing and speaking.
We mix up our tenses or use the wrong verbs or pronouns.
As I was scouting for books to bolster my grammar skills, I recently stumbled upon The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation by Jane Straus at my local library.
Easy to Understand
Grammar books are tedious, dead bores.
But The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation breaks from the pack.
Rarely have I come across an English grammar book so easy to grasp.
It’s a testament to the popularity of Jane Straus’s book that it has entered the 11th edition.
The 201-page book is divided into six chapters.
The first chapter deals with basic grammar rules and touches upon issues like subject-verb agreement, nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, preposition and effective writing. You’ll learn important stuff like whether to use who or whom, which or that, whoever or whomever and more in this section.
Chapter 2 digs into punctuation and is the most useful section for writers.
Capitalization and writing numbers are covered in Chapters 3 and 4 respectively.
Confusing words and homonyms are dealt with in Chapter 5.
The final section, Chapter 6, contains tons of quizzes to test your understanding of grammar and principles of effective writing.
Even working at a leisurely pace, it should take you no more than a week to complete this book.
I have no hesitation in recommending The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation by Jane Straus.
This book is available at most New Jersey libraries.
Pick up your copy today and in just a few weeks you’ll be speaking and writing better English.