English Grammar: 100 Tragically Common Mistakes (and How to Correct Them)

English Grammar: 100 Tragically Common Mistakes (and How to Correct Them)

by Sean Williams

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Overview

The practical English grammar guide for perfect writing.

Gone are the days when you worry about embarrassing yourself with pesky misplaced modifiers or dreaded double negatives. Next time you have a nagging grammar question, pick up this practical guide and write with clarity and confidence.

English Grammar spares you the lessons and cuts right to the answers. Designed for fast reference, this book makes it easy to avoid the most cringe-worthy mistakes in the English language—and maybe even make your grade school grammar teacher proud.

Inside English Grammar:


  • English Grammar goofs—Avoid falling into the most common traps with guidelines for incomplete sentences, possessive pronouns with gerunds, dangling modifiers and more.
  • Word mix-ups—Learn the difference between common word misuses like sex vs. gender, its and it’s, whose and who’s, the list goes on…
  • Write with style—Make a good (and grammatically correct) impression with every sentence you pen using these easy writing hacks and suggestions.

Everyone makes mistakes—but with this English grammar guide you’ll make a lot fewer of them. Period.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781641523738
Publisher: Callisto Media
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Pages: 182
Sales rank: 322,221
Product dimensions: 4.80(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

SEAN WILLIAMS teaches cultural studies and writing at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Her social media alter ego, Captain Grammar Pants, provides a daily dose of brightness for those assailed by the (tragically) grammatically incorrect comments of their families and friends.

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English Grammar: 100 Tragically Common Mistakes (and How to Correct Them) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
sjillis 4 months ago
Handy, interactive guide to common grammar, punctuation, and word usage errors. Divided into four chapters on grammar, punctuation, word usage, and "high style" (i.e., style and syntax), the book provides short lessons, briefly explaining the issue, giving examples incorrect and correct usage, explanation, and often, an interactive quiz. Some of the topics are quite basic (e.g., homophones such as there/they're/their and accept/except), while others are more complex (e.g., possessive pronouns with gerunds). The explanations are not always clear, presumably particularly for those who do not already know the rules by ear or experience. Further, the book's value would be heightened by an index, making it easier to find various topics. However, the it is written with good humor and enlivened by amusing illustrations and artwork. A fun way to brush up on grammar, and learn why those pesky rules exist.
diane92345 6 months ago
Filled with common writing issues, English Grammar is a fun (yes, actually fun!) way to correct your grammar, punctuation, and word use. Quick! What is the easiest way to determine whether to use “further” or “farther” and “affect” or “effect”? If you said for the first pair, farther refers to distance, you would be correct! For the second choice, if you said affect is a verb and effect is a noun, you would match what I thought before reading this book. But you would be wrong! Both can be used as nouns or verbs. It depends on usage. Affect is a noun when writing about the flat affect of someone’s face. Effect is a verb when you mean to make happen. You can effect change in your grammar if you read this book. If you wonder how I could be writing a review of a grammar book and start a sentence with “But”, you need to read the author’s section on the changing face of English grammar. Starting a sentence with a conjunction is fully acceptable everywhere but in an English composition class. Just a side note on my side note, does anyone else hear the Conjunction Junction song in their head every time they read or hear the word “conjunction”? They really should bring back the Schoolhouse Rock cartoons. The author uses clear explanations and examples to explain grammar and punctuation rules. There is even a quiz afterwards for the more complex ideas. There is also a section about the differences between English (from England) and American English. For example, theatre is the English (from England) spelling but theater is the American English spelling. However, just to confuse everyone, Americans use the British spelling when trying to sound refined. Also, Shakespeare used the American spelling. English grammar differences are nothing but inconsistent. Thanks Noah Webster, who the author blames for trying to un-French the English language in An American Dictionary of the English Language in 1828. If you read through my review all the way to this paragraph, you will probably enjoy English Grammar (the book—not necessarily the subject). It is an excellent reference that is short and to the point. And it entertains while it is teaching you something most writers, reviewers, and basically humans, need to use daily. 4 stars! Thanks to Zephyros Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
littleoldladylife 6 months ago
I am a proud grammar snob, so this book immediately drew my attention. Modeled as a workbook, Dr. Williams provides short grammar lessons followed by short tests of the reader's grammar. I loved this! I think everyone needs to have a copy of this handy to brush up on their grammar from time to time. English is definitely a tricky language, but I cannot quantify the amount of times I've cringed from improper grammar use.
CuppaWords 6 months ago
English Grammar: 100 Tragically Common Mistakes by Sean Williams PhD is a wonderful little guide that tackles common grammatical errors, such as word misuse, incomplete sentences, and more. If you would have told the five-year-old version of me that eventually I would be downright giddy after reading a book about grammar, I would have laughed at you and then asked for another cookie. With what I am convinced must have been magic, Williams has not only taken confusing and often complex grammar rules and simplified them, but she makes you smile and laugh while learning about them. This is one of the most impressive feats Williams has accomplished—making grammar fun! With each grammar mistake, Williams first introduces you to the rule, then provides you several common (and often giggle-worthy) examples of incorrect usage, followed by a succinct explanation on how to correct those errors, a quiz to test your understanding, and then either a fun fact or a tip on how best to remember the rule. Even as a native English speaker and author, there remained grammar rules that made me want to gouge my eyes out while attempting to comprehend them. English Grammar has eliminated the need for any sort of further self-harm when editing in the future—thank you! How has she taken something so challenging and made it so easy? Like I said, magic. English Grammar would be a great guide for students, writers, and those with the daunting task of attempting to learn English as a second language. I cannot recommend it enough. This book should be handed to babies upon exiting wombs, aliens visiting from outer space, basically everyone. The government should buy a few billion copies and have thousands of copies drift down from the heavens each day. The world would be a happier (and well-spoken) place. In essence, if you are a living being who uses words, English Grammar: 100 Tragically Common Mistakes by Sean Williams PhD should be on your shelf. Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for providing me with this review copy. Who knows what this review would have looked like had I not had the privilege of reading this book.
CuppaWords 6 months ago
English Grammar: 100 Tragically Common Mistakes by Sean Williams PhD is a wonderful little guide that tackles common grammatical errors, such as word misuse, incomplete sentences, and more. If you would have told the five-year-old version of me that eventually I would be downright giddy after reading a book about grammar, I would have laughed at you and then asked for another cookie. With what I am convinced must have been magic, Williams has not only taken confusing and often complex grammar rules and simplified them, but she makes you smile and laugh while learning about them. This is one of the most impressive feats Williams has accomplished—making grammar fun! With each grammar mistake, Williams first introduces you to the rule, then provides you several common (and often giggle-worthy) examples of incorrect usage, followed by a succinct explanation on how to correct those errors, a quiz to test your understanding, and then either a fun fact or a tip on how best to remember the rule. Even as a native English speaker and author, there remained grammar rules that made me want to gouge my eyes out while attempting to comprehend them. English Grammar has eliminated the need for any sort of further self-harm when editing in the future—thank you! How has she taken something so challenging and made it so easy? Like I said, magic. English Grammar would be a great guide for students, writers, and those with the daunting task of attempting to learn English as a second language. I cannot recommend it enough. This book should be handed to babies upon exiting wombs, aliens visiting from outer space, basically everyone. The government should buy a few billion copies and have thousands of copies drift down from the heavens each day. The world would be a happier (and well-spoken) place. In essence, if you are a living being who uses words, English Grammar: 100 Tragically Common Mistakes by Sean Williams PhD should be on your shelf. Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for providing me with this review copy. Who knows what this review would have looked like had I not had the privilege of reading this book.