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My Grammar and I ... Or Should That Be Me?: How to Speak and Write It Right    by Caroline Taggart & J. A. Wines order for
My Grammar and I ... Or Should That Be Me?
by Caroline Taggart
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Readers Digest, 2009 (2008)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

I love E. B White's quote that sets the scene for My Grammar and I ... Or Should That Be Me? by Caroline Taggart and J. A. Wines: 'English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street.' The authors continue to enliven their topic with quotations, as well as lighthearted examples of good and bad usage.

The authors tell us in their Introduction that their little book 'aims to fill in some of the gaps that the education system may have left you with', while also reminding readers of the fluidity of language and 'that one person's unbreakable rule is another person's insufferable pedantry.' Book sections address Spelling and Confusables; Parts of Speech; Sentence Structure; Punctuation; and Odds and Ends (or, Elements of Style).

Reading My Grammar and I, I learned that 'More than one-tenth of English words are not spelled the way they sound'; that alright is valid though infrequent American usage; a mnemonic to suggest to the myriad of people who confuse compliment with complement; the origin of the term upper case; that a group of hippos is a bloat; that limpet adjectives, as in new innovation, irritate me; how much commas can change meaning; what an antagonym is; and much more.

Ready for an engaging, and often amusing grammar review? Look no further than My Grammar and I ... Or Should That Be Me?, which covers all the bases.

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