ISBN-13: 9780984235858
Publisher: Synergy Books
Published: September 2010
135 pgs
Source: Publicist
(Advance Reading Copy)

When I was contacted by a publicist if I wanted to review The Big Ten of Grammar by William B. Bradshaw, I jumped at the chance because what better way to improve my writing than to read more about grammar and identify the errors which I might have made over the years?

Even with less than 150 pages, this book covered almost everything from the basic right down to identifying and fixing the most frequent grammatical errors we may have made unknowingly (e.g. How to use "I" or "me"; what's the difference between "who" and "whom", etc). But that is not all, this book also covered punctuation such as how should we use commas; do they go before or after the quotation marks, and many more. I also liked it that there are examples to show us both the incorrect and correct usages of grammar as well as stating some simple rules to remember.

I don't find it at all dry and boring while reading this book and in fact, I quite enjoyed the simple explanations offered by the author and wondered how easy it would be for my learning back during my old school days to have our textbooks written like that. However, it is never too late to learn, especially in these days when we mostly communicate via online more than the traditional letter writing method and very often the words are cut short for the sake of convenience as well as speed and in the long run, this would badly affect our grammar.

All in all, I think everyone would benefit from reading this handbook. Because the size of the book is light and easy to carry around, I can always put it in my handbag and refer to it whenever necessary.

(Many thanks to Amy Currie for sending this book to me for review.)
9 Responses
  1. Alice Says:

    I think this is a great book for quick reference. Thanks for reviewing it, Melody. I like the red cover too. Very eye-catching.

  2. Julia Says:

    Very interesting handbook, Melody. I think this is good reference book to help people with their learning for grammar,spelling and communication too. Great revie :)

  3. bermudaonion Says:

    I think I need that book!! I worry about my punctuation all the time.

  4. Iliana Says:

    I'm glad to hear you found this one helpful. I have some reference books on grammar, punctuation, etc. but I hate to admit they are collecting dust! :)

  5. violet Says:

    I need a book like this. Sounds really helpful

  6. I used to be a sucker for books like these--grammar and word usage type books. It's been a while since I picked one up, but I do have two writing handbooks on my shelf at work that I'll frequently pull down. Glad you found this one useful!

  7. Anonymous Says:

    I know I could definitely benefit by reading this!

  8. I should look into this one--and maybe buy copies for all of my staff at my office. LOL

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