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A Concise Review of Nearly All Aspects of English Grammar

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I've read the second edition of this book.

The book is written in a quite concise pattern, in which 60 different topics will be covered, with each topic only comprising two pages of explanation and exercises.

However, the shortcoming also comes from this conciseness. The writers often provide you with direct answers or results of certain problems, instead of offering in-depth grammatical reasons. For instance, when discussing linking words and phrases related to causes, it gives readers many choices to be selected. Nevertheless, the authors didn't distinguish coordinating conjunctions, subordinating conjunctions, or conjunctive adverbs. It indeed gives you all correct uses of these words and phrases, but it's hard to remember or understand these usages without the comprehension of the grammatical terms I mentioned.

Thus, I didn't recommend this book as your first grammar book to learn about formal writing. Instead, I'll recommend you "McGraw-Hill Handbook o...
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I've read the second edition of this book.

The book is written in a quite concise pattern, in which 60 different topics will be covered, with each topic only comprising two pages of explanation and exercises.

However, the shortcoming also comes from this conciseness. The writers often provide you with direct answers or results of certain problems, instead of offering in-depth grammatical reasons. For instance, when discussing linking words and phrases related to causes, it gives readers many choices to be selected. Nevertheless, the authors didn't distinguish coordinating conjunctions, subordinating conjunctions, or conjunctive adverbs. It indeed gives you all correct uses of these words and phrases, but it's hard to remember or understand these usages without the comprehension of the grammatical terms I mentioned.

Thus, I didn't recommend this book as your first grammar book to learn about formal writing. Instead, I'll recommend you "McGraw-Hill Handbook of English Grammar and Usage", which helps you to construct a comprehensive grammatical structure. (You can find the book's introduction and my comment via this link: https://book.douban.com/subject/10812354/)

After talking about the weaknesses, I really should mention its merits. First, not only did it offer you basic grammar knowledge, but it also provides instructions with respect to formal writing. This can be exemplified by the topics about linking words and phrases, signposting, generalising, qualifying a statement, etc.

Second, many topics are organised from a practice-oriented starting point, such as time words and phrases, emphasising, negative words and phrases, describing similarities and differences, etc. These discussions can be directly transferred into our writing practice easily.

To conclude, I highly recommend this book to people who already have a basic understanding of grammatical theory and who want to improve their formal writing skills.
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