Does this resemble the inside of your head when you’re preparing to talk with an Authority Figure (teacher, boss, mother-in-law, parole officer, whatever)?

Glad to have met … to be meeting … to … Uh oh. Maybe just Hi! How’s it going? Nope. Too friendly. New direction: You asked to see whoever… um … whomever wrote … had written … the report.

If you answered yes, you’re in the right place. English Grammar Workbook For Dummies, 3rd Edition, helps you navigate the sea of grammar without wrecking your grades, your career, or your mind. I mention grades and career because the ability to speak and write according to the rules of Standard English gives you an advantage in school and in the working world. Even if you feel relatively comfortable in everyday situations, you still may benefit from practicing some of the trickier grammar points, especially if you’re facing high-stakes exams such as the SAT, ACT, or AP. Some of these tortures (sorry, I mean tests) focus entirely on English skills, and some require you to use those skills to answer questions on other subjects. English Grammar Workbook For Dummies, 3rd Edition, helps you prepare for both situations.

This book presents the latest guidelines for Standard English. Yes, latest. When an English teacher is pounding them into your head, the rules of Standard English usage seem set in stone. But language isn’t static. It moves along just as people do — sometimes quickly and sometimes at the speed of a tired snail. To ...

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