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Grammar Rules: Writing with military precision

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Wynona Sun 11-Jan-15 23:04:17

I'd like to improve my grammar skills, as I'm finding it difficult to help my DC with their homework. I've found this book but I'd be grateful for any other suggestions.

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DrankSangriaInThePark Mon 12-Jan-15 14:39:11

Never heard of either him, or his books, but the Amazon reviews are very mixed. Seems the book is more about spelling/punctuation/stylistics rather than actual grammar rules?

I would check out some of the Grammar reference books that English (as a second language) teachers use.

The TES and Teachit websites are full of resources as well, for teachers in UK schools, so should have lots of stuff you can refer to.

I like the Longman Grammar books myself; they do elementary, intermediate and upper intermediate etc. Obviously, they are for an ESL scenario, but the explanations are clear and there are exercises too.

Oxford Grammar Reference is a weighty tome, no exercises though.

Wynona Mon 12-Jan-15 21:52:50

Thanks. I'm looking for a book or app that has some practical examples. I'm finding myself constantly confused by DC school homework. I had no idea there were so many uses for dash.

DrankSangriaInThePark Tue 13-Jan-15 16:27:17

Raymond Murphy is very straightforward, the British Council has a grammar app you can download and play with. I haven't used it but have told my students to!

prism Tue 13-Jan-15 21:22:46

You might have a look at it, DrankSangria. I just tried it and after two questions it stopped working completely. Your students might get very confused...

DrankSangriaInThePark Wed 14-Jan-15 05:55:48


Which would be nothing new...I'll have a look!

meditrina Wed 14-Jan-15 06:39:44

If you really want 'military precision' then try the MoD effective writing guide

No need to pay for it

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