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The Only Grammar & Style Workbook You'll Ever Need
|The Only Grammar & Style Workbook You'll Ever Need
A One-Stop Practice and Exercise Book for Perfect Writing
By Susan Thurman
Adams Media, 2012
Reviewed by Angela Evans - May 18, 2015
The Only Grammar & Style Workbook You'll Ever Need: A One-Stop Practice and Exercise Book for Perfect Writing is the companion book to Susan Thurman's The Only Grammar Book You'll Ever Need. This workbook contains more than 150 exercises that will allow you to test your understanding of the grammar rules you learned in The Only Grammar Book You'll Ever Need.
The exercises in this workbook are aligned with the companion grammar book. For each grammar rule or topic covered, there is a set of ten exercises along with annotation about the lessons for the given rule can be found in the grammar book. Most important, the answers to all these questions are included so you can grade yourself. The answers for each set of exercises are found on the same page with the exercises. However, they are printed upside down along the bottom edge of the page so it is easy to cover them up until you are ready to turn the book around and check your answers.
Although aligned with Thurman's grammar book, the drills in this book can be used as extra practice for those studying English grammar using other texts. There is an index at the end of the book (just before the handy index of 'commonly misspelled or confusing words'). This index will help you locate the relevant exercises that you may want to complete. The one fault I found in this book can be found in the 'commonly misspelled or confusing words' index. In this index Thurman has compiled a very useful and practical lists of words that you will want to use to check your spelling on. The thing that I do not like is that, in parentheses she has listed ". . . misspelled words or correct spelling of an unintended word." I think that those who would find these words confusing or difficult to spell might also have difficulty deciding if the word in parentheses is actually a misspelling or if it is simply an unintended word. I feel that it would have been better to have left these misspelled words out of the list, rather than to add an extra layer of confusion for those struggling to learn English grammar.
Other than this one little point, I think that the The Only Grammar & Style Workbook You'll Ever Need is an excellent workbook that will help students and writers of every ilk to improve their grammar skills. It also makes an ideal companion to The Only Grammar Book You'll Ever Need, as the grammar book does not provide any drills, only examples. The combination of the two books presents a practical overview of English grammar combined with a plethora of exercises upon which to hone your skills. If you study the book, and do all the drills, you will come away with a solid grounding in the fundamentals of English grammar. If you apply these fundamentals to your writing, you will find that your writing will be more understandable, concise, and grammatically correct. These grammar skills will serve you well in school, in the business world, and every writing endeavor you might try your hand at! [Yes, I know I just ended that sentence with a preposition. However, once you learn the rules, you'll also learn when it is ok to break them.]
The Only Grammar Book You'll Ever Need, by Susan Thurman.
A handy reference guide to the fundamentals of English grammar. It is geared toward helping you improve your writing skills at every level and in every environment from school to personal correspondence.
English Grammar Workbook for Dummies, 2e, by Geraldine Woods.
Featuring hundreds of grammar problems, this workbook will give you the practice that you need to hone your English grammar skills. Answers are provided for all of the exercises.
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