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Book Review: The Great Grammar Book: Mastering Grammar Usage and the Essentials of Composition by Marsha Sramek

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The Great Grammar Book: Mastering Grammar Usage and the Essentials of Composition by Marsha Sramek is a wonderful book which covers the essential elements of English composition and grammar usage. The work begins by evaluating the reader’s level of writing through an exhaustive diagnostic test. Improvement strategies are set forth after readers have identified their level of expertise in the English language. Marsha Sramek sets forth a consistent methodology to improve writing and grammar skills in over 2000 illustrative sentences.

There are ample details which depict classic grammatical errors. Systematic writing exercises help readers to write clearly. Practical writing advice is provided for essays, research papers, business letters and personal letters. Classic errors are depicted; such as, sentence fragments, run-on sentences, fused sentences, the use of a capital letter, apostrophes and other intricate punctuation. Exercises contain the use of italics, question marks, hyphens, dashes, colons, and parentheses in the proper spots.

Marsha Sramek shows readers many things, including how to eliminate wordiness and sentence consolidation. The presentation focuses on the most common grammatical errors and correction strategies. There are enough practice sections and exercises to overcome the worst habits. A strength of the work is that Marsha Sramek covers virtually every conceivable type of mistake in grammar or  punctuation. The Great Grammar Book could be useful for novice, as well as advanced writers. Students could utilize this book for the SAT exam and other standardized tests.The price is very affordable.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.
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