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.