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Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing [Paperback]

Mignon Fogarty
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July 8 2008 Quick & Dirty Tips

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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"Reminds me of when I first read Strunk and White. I will use it in my classroom.”—Fourth Grade Teacher, Las Vegas Public School System

"Whether you are a grammar-phobe seeking guidance, a parent looking for a tutorial that your kids will enjoy (and therefore use) or a writer seeking a fun reference manual for frustrating recurring questions, Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing will likely satisfy."—Bill Reagan, PopMatters

Praise for Mignon Fogarty's Grammar Girl podcast:

"Fogarty walks her listeners through the sometimes-tricky subjects with a voice that is authoritative but warm. Kind of like the sixth-grade teacher you wish you had."—USA Today

"Delightfully droll . . . Grammar Girl gives clear explanations with helpful examples."—The Los Angeles Times

"Fogarty . . . sparked what you might call a worldwide, syntax-driven fiesta."—Newsday

"At the root of all her success, of course, is a true love of language and grammar."—The Arizona Republic

"Fogarty . . . has become the country’s go-to gal on grammar . . . Helpful. Smart. Funny. Fans find Grammar Girl to be all those things."—The Seattle Times

About the Author

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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EVEN THOUGH MY SHOW is called "Grammar Girl," the secret is that it's not usually grammar that confounds peopleit's usage. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grammar Can Be Fun, Who Knew? Dec 31 2008
By Teddy
This excellent book makes a wonderful reference book and is also fun to read cover to cover.

Do you ever wonder which you should use, E.G. or I.E.? I always thought they could be used interchangeably. Actually they can't. I.E. stands for "that is" or "in other words" while E.G. means "for example".

If you have any grammar questions but are afraid to ask, most likely you can find it in Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips. You can also look for tips on Mignon's website and she even has an open invitation for people to email her with questions.

I checked this book out from the library but I am going to purchase a copy to have on hand. This book is indispensable!
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5.0 out of 5 stars English Grammar March 24 2014
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Have been interested in this subject for a while as I am trying to learn another language - grammar getting gooder !! :)
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She makes the nitty gritty of writing accessible and fun. She also consults from a wide range of references, so that makes her feel pretty reliable. It's a nice read, and I recommend it highly for editors and/or students.
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