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Daily Grammar Lessons
By Bill Johanson

Website: www.dailygrammar.com

Reviewed by Sheldon Ztvordokov - Posted January 26, 2012

For years, countless people have studied the fundamentals of English grammar via the Daily Grammar Email lessons. These lessons have been gathered together, reformatted, and published in two formats, an eBook in a PDF file, and as a printed workbook. With the publication of these Daily Grammar Lessons in eBook and workbook formats, anyone wanting to learn, or brush up on, their English grammar skills no longer have to wait for months to go through the entire course. The Daily Grammar Lessons course was written by Bill Johanson, an experienced English teacher, and in this book he instructs the student in the fundamentals of English grammar and punctuation. The course assumes no prior knowledge of English grammar. However, by the time you complete the 438 lessons in this course you will have gained a solid understanding of English grammar! The material in this course is divided into three main sections:
  1. Parts of Speech
    This section covers such topics as verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, and interjections.

  2. Parts of the Sentence:
    This section covers a wide range of topics including predicate nominatives, direct and indirect objects, transitive and intransitive verbs, appositives, nouns of address, prepositional phrases, conjunctions, objective complements, verbals, compound sentences, adverb and noun clauses, sentence variety and compound sentences.

  3. Mechanics:
    This last section covers punctuation and the mechanics of sentence writing, and includes such topics as capitalization, periods, commas, quotation marks, semicolons, colons, italics and underlining, apostrophes, hyphens, dashes, parentheses, and brackets and slashes.

These three sections are further divided into 44 chapters that contain 438 short, bite-sized, and easy to follow lessons. The format throughout is uniform. Each lesson begins with a brief, simple to understand summary or set of instructions. These are followed by a variety of exercises that help to reinforce the information transmitted in the lesson. In addition, after each block of five lessons, you will find a short quiz that provides you with an opportunity to gauge your understanding of the material already covered. Answers to all the exercises and quizzes can be found at the end of the chapter in which they are located.

The lessons in this book build upon each other, and should be worked through in order. However, if you are already familiar with the fundamentals of English grammar and just need to brush up on a specific topic, you can quickly find the topic you want via the book's detailed table of contents. In addition, if you are using the PDF eBook version of the text, simply go to the book's table of contents and click on the topic you are interested in, and the book will automatically jump to that section.

Here is a sample lesson, from one of the more complex topics covered, to illustrate just how informative, and understandable these lessons are:
Lesson 204 (The first lesson in the chapter covering Verbals.)

A verbal is a verb form used as some other part of speech. There are three kinds of verbals: gerunds, participles and infinitives.

A gerund always ends in ing and is used as a noun. Example: Eating is fun.

A participle is used as an adjective and ends various ways. A present participle always ends with ing as does the gerund, but remember that it is an adjective. A past participle ends with ed, n, or irregularly . Examples: played, broken, brought, sung, seeing, having seen, being seen, seen, having been seen.

An infinitive is to plus a verb form. It can be a noun, an adjective, or an adverb. Examples: to be, to see, to be seen, to be eaten.

This comprehensible lesson is then followed by five practice exercises in which you must find the verbals in each sentence.
Over the years I have studied and perused numerous grammar books, and by far the Daily Grammar Lessons is one of the best basic texts that I've come across. The lessons are clear, concise, and they make learning the material nearly effortless. Although to get the most out of this book, you should be sure to do all the exercises. In short, the Daily Grammar Lessons is a phenomenal resource for individuals of all ages who are studying English grammar for the first time, and for those in need of a refresher course in basic grammar. Proper use and knowledge of grammar is an essential skill that must be mastered by anyone wanting to communicate effectively. As such, this course will be of particular benefit to writers of every ilk, from those writing business emails to novel writers. I highly recommend Daily Grammar Lessons, to middle and high school students, educators, college students, business professionals, writers, English as a second language (ESL) students, bloggers, emailers, basically everyone! Five Stars *****

For more information on Daily Grammar Lessons, or to order the eBook or workbook versions of this course, visit: www.dailygrammar.com.



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