Breaking the rules is a refreshing way to look at grammar without all of the technical terms and in depth descriptions. Your straightforward explanations of grammar rules and punctuation, plus the exam pages, have worked wonders in my classroom. This guide takes a traditional approach to teaching english grammar, breaking the topic into three fundamental elements. Breaking grammar rules in fiction writing is tricky. If there is any rule in the company that has been made only to increase the profits of the company, and to avoid losses, and it does not favour the customer, then the company has to face the wrath of the customer. I went online and read an entry about the semicolon, which has always intrigued me because at school we were told that it was so hard to use correctly that it was better not to use it. With over 200,000 copies sold, this is one of the most highly trusted english language resources available. The blue book of grammar and punctuation 11th edition. All it takes is the blue book of grammar and punctuation. An easytouse guide with clear rules, realworld examples, and reproducible quizzes, 11th edition book. Help your editor out by familiarizing yourself with these grammar rules. Some of these are my repetitious shortcomings, but others remind me of grammar rules.
At least thats what our english teachers told us when we cited dickens as a defense for our use of runon sentences. Some grammar rules are worth breaking if you have good reason. All the grammar, punctuation, and usage rules and examples on the website plus dozens of quizzes with answers. Mar 15, 2017 prior to computers, people were taught to underline titles of books and plays and to surround chapters, articles, songs, and other shorter works in quotation marks. The blue book of grammar and punctuation succeeds at a rare feat. Written without jargon for all of us who need simple answers to our everyday questions. But other books, especially works of fiction, can benefit from throwing the socalled rules out the door.
Scott fitzgerald once said, an exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke. For illustration purposes in this blog ill use to indicate a nonbreaking space. Exclamation points punctuation rules the blue book of. Both similes and metaphors are forms of analogy, but different from one another. The blue book of grammar and punctuation leans towards usage rules in cms along with other authoritative texts and does not attempt to conform to the ap. Lets face it when we write on a blog or in a book we are really selling our personalities. The blue book of grammar and punctuation is filled with easytounderstand rules, realworld examples, dozens of reproducible exercises, and pre and posttests. In a nation at war you might rightly report neighbours stockpiling black market goods for example because they would be breaking the law and the rule. Dec, 2010 as most of us who specialize in this field of writing will agree, our job is to entice prospects to make a purchase. As most of us who specialize in this field of writing will agree, our job is to entice prospects to make a purchase. Accordingly, the guidelines contained within this book are just thatguidelines. Left behind by migrant husbands, women break the rules and go to work wives are shocking their traditional west african villages by earning. Grammar and punctuation the blue book of grammar and. This userfriendly resource includes simple explanations of.
A noun of more than one word tennis court, gas station is called a compound noun. Do not use even one of these marks unless youre convinced it is justified. Are you breaking the rules of grammar when you write. One of my greatest fears has been the possibility of breaking rules and getting nowhere, having an almost incurable form of writers block. The blue book of grammar and punctuation will amuse you while demystifying the rules of grammar and punctuation.
Book cover of kathleen a watson grammar for people who hate rules. Clear and concise, easytofollow, offering just the facts fully updated to reflect the latest rules in grammar and usage along with new quizzes ideal for students from seventh grade through adulthood in the us and abroad for anyone who wants to understand the major rules and subtle guidelines of english grammar and usage, the blue book of. And when it comes to grammar and the english language, people have been breaking rules long before shakespeare wrote his first sonnet. Aug 01, 2017 the rules of grammar are designed to help us communicate clearly, both in our speech and in our writing. An easytouse guide with clear rules, realworld examples, and reproducible quizzes, 11th edition. The blue book of grammar and punctuation jane straus. A grammar guru, style editor, and writing mentor in one package. Breaking the rules with sentence fragments readwritethink. For mandy, that meant finishing her last year of high school, going to college, and then returning to smalltown sugar creek to live a solitary life as a writer. Feb 10, 2014 the blue book of grammar and punctuation, eleventh edition. Oct 09, 2014 mark twain once translated the speech of his contemporary, benjamin lee whorf, the famous linguist.
Breaking the rules breaking a rule is far better than creating a scene in front of a customer. They are not intended to provide constrictive or proscriptive rules that confine everyone to a particular way of speaking or writing. Breaking all the rules peter frampton album wikipedia. As i edit my manuscript drafts, i keep a list of words on a notepad. One i reach the end of a draft chapter ive reread painfully and thoroughly, i go back in a search and find mode to remind myself what may need attention. Review with students what sentence fragments are using the purdue owl site, capital community college guide to grammar and writing, my english, or your own grammar handbook.
Click on the commas for further explanation of the rules of comma usage being used. English rules the blue book of grammar and punctuation. A speech he had given in flawless german to the vienna press club. Chapter 1 grammar finding nouns, verbs, and subjects note we will use the standard of underlining subjects once and verbs twice. Left behind by migrant husbands, women break the rules and. Liberating writers through innovative grammar instruction at.
You must first know the rules before you can break them effectively. When we break the rules of grammar, one of two things happens. What are some great examples of authors bending the rules. Open the pages of ed schusters book and youll find an energetic, untraditional, creative means of helping students become independent thinkers and more effective writers. Common nouns are words for a general class of people, places, things, and ideas man, city, award, honesty. Top american libraries canadian libraries universal library community texts project gutenberg biodiversity heritage library childrens library. This new, updated version has 50% more material rules, exercises, tests, and answersand a new cover that is both sleek and durable. An easytouse guide with clear rules, realworld examples, and reproducible quizzes 11th by straus, jane, kaufman, lester, stern, tom isbn. Feb 24, 2014 7 authors who broke grammar rules booksellers bare all to protest censorship attempt of everybody gets naked childrens book. I noticed this was available online as well, which is quite useful. Three grammar rules you can and should break copyblogger. It seems that in addition to the normal seven character ellipsis the bluebook also has specific rules for the eight character ellipsis and the nine character ellipsis. The best grammar and punctuation books five books expert.
I want to thank the author for writing a book for teenagers that doesnt involve a classic happy ending but shows the harsh reality we live in. You are probably familiar with the age old saying, rules were meant to be broken. The argument for breaking grammar rules is that you can enhance the intensity, voice, and style of your writing by ignoring them, whereas policing yourself about grammar can feel like stepping on the. Also important to a writer is the use of higher level of grammatical skill. Its important to remember that following the rules of grammar is not always the best way.
These famous authors made it okay to commit grammar nono. Feb 10, 2014 the blue book of grammar and punctuation, eleventh edition english usage rules explained in plain english it doesnt take a lifetime to master english grammar and punctuation. Martha brockenbrough is the founder of national grammar day and spogg, the society for the promotion of good grammar. Any quibbles i have are not worth reporting, so what you are about to read is an argument about why you should buy. Most business books, textbooksanything seeking to convey information to an audience expecting conventional grammar. This handy workbook is ideal for teachers, students in middle school through college, esl students, homeschoolers, and professionals. Grammar rules the blue book of grammar and punctuation. Books old reading antique back of book image, publicdomainpictures at pixabay. A prominent conservative french politician wants to censor the nude picture book, but publishers and booksellers have defended the book by authors claire frank and marc daniau.
Definitions a noun is a word or set of selection from the blue book of grammar and punctuation. Our mission, is to be the writers publisher, creating a writers community, provide encouragement, resources for all writers. English grammar grammar refers to the way words are used, classified, and structured together to form coherent written or spoken communication. May be used to practice, reinforce, or teach grammar and punctuation skills. Liberating writers through innovative grammar instruction. These were made to improve syntax, to adhere to the rules of grammar, and to comply with merriamwebster and the chicago manual of style standards in the book publishing industry. Would you squeal on a neighbour for flouting the rules. Theres a difference between breaking the rules to make the writing more effective and breaking the rules because you dont know what they are. Sep 19, 2012 when you knowingly break the rules, its style. The blue book of grammar and punctuation is a combination reference book and workbook.
The author examines the topic of grammar, suggesting ways of teaching grammar rules that should never be broken, and identifying what he calls myth rules that are commonly taught but infrequently followed, and that can hinder students interest in writing. So if youre a beginner or are a little rusty on your grammar i would recommend this book to you. Preferably a quote that has been said by a nascar commentator. As writers, weve learned that content services require the writer to use a variety of styles. Mar 02, 2019 of the 5,000 words, i made 517 corrections and changes. For example, the associated press ap stylebook is a guide specific for news media and journalists while the chicago manual of style cms is used by many book publishers and writers. Grammar is a field of linguistics that involves all things that make up the rules of language. When quoted in text or listed in a bibliography, titles of books, journals, plays, and other freestanding works are italicized.
Rule 2 12 the blue book of grammar and punctuation rule 5. The best aspect of this book is the authors attempt to help break traditionalist grammar s stereotype. Grammar rules the best writers break prowritingaid. Author of the original blue book of grammar and punctuation. But breaking rules for the sake of doing soor without at least a good understanding of whats at riskcan lead to bad decisionmaking and lamentable consequences. Interactive grammar quizzes the blue book of grammar and. To put it bluntly, we need grammar in order to make sense. Their years of training now forgotten, the soldiers broke ranks. The blue book of grammar and punctuation leans towards usage rules in cms along with other authoritative texts and does not attempt to conform to the ap stylebook, which differs significantly in some aspects. Grammar doesnt have to be a stickinthemud subjectstodgy, traditional, and rule bound. Licensed to youtube by wmg on behalf of east west records uk ltd. However, here is what the chicago manual of style says. When a writer hasnt bothered to learn the rules of grammar, it shows. Breaking the rules is a book that i wouldnt have bought for myself.
Overuse of exclamation points is a sign of undisciplined writing. Of the same 5,000 words, the free version of grammarly underlined 104 mistakes. User profile grammar and punctuation the blue book of. To say my love is a red rose is different from saying that shes like a red rose. Although if you are knowledgeable already in the basics of grammar i would recommend a more challenging book on grammar, for instance grammar for language arts teachers by alice calderonello, virginia martin, and kristine blair. Mar 18, 2014 buy the blue book of grammar and punctuation. The breaking all the rules album had featured a raw live in the studio approach like its predecessor rise up, which was a brazilian release to promote framptons concert tour in brazil in 1980. Lets go on to the blue book of grammar and punctuation, which is very popular grammar book. Because todays writing tends to be more casual yes, thats a generalization, these two grammar rules can be broken. The 7 grammar rules you can and should break volusion.
Sometimes that involves breaking the rules of grammar, using sentence fragments or content thats more conversational than prose. As a vocational teacher, its been difficult finding a text that both includes the lower level students and interests the higher level students. I would recommend this book to anyone new to grammar or who is just looking to quickly refresh the basics of grammar. Rule breaking and the reflective english teacher 1. Her first novel, devine intervention, came out june 1. Playing blue baby game worked today we were breaking all the rules of the baby blue game challenge at 3am and it actually worked. The blue book of grammar and punctuation an easytouse guide with clear rules, realworld examples, and reproducible quizzes tenth edition jane straus. These famous authors made it okay to commit grammar nonos you have to learn the rules before you can break them.
He remembered my disappointment when i couldnt make it to a btb event with the bestselling author herself. Here are 7 grammar rules your editor wants you to know to make his or her life better and. Certain books, of course, must follow the conventions of grammar. Feb 01, 2014 when i first started reading breaking rules i didnt find it interesting, however after putting it down, i went back to the novel and found it surprisingly interesting. A revised and updated new edition of the bestselling workbook and grammar guide the blue book of grammar and punctuation is a concise, entertaining workbook and guide to english grammar, punctuation, and usage. Jun 08, 2012 theyre carefully wrought miraclesunconventional grammar and all. A noun is a word or set of words for a person, place, thing, or idea. The blue book of grammar and punctuation, eleventh edition.
It doesnt take a lifetime to master english grammar and punctuation. Subject pronouns are used when the pronoun is the subject of the sentence. I cant think of a good time to write with inconsistent tenses, dangling participles, poor subjectnoun agreement, or misspellings. Luckily, the experts at scribendi have some information to help you learn how to use grammar in fiction to enhance your story, characters, and narrative voice.
The argument for breaking grammar rules is that you can enhance the intensity, voice, and style of your writing by ignoring them, whereas policing yourself about grammar can feel like stepping on the accelerator and the brake at the same time. Reading breaking the rules has put me in the mood to go back and revisit past books and also very excited and curious about wess upcoming story. Although written in laymens terms and easily understood breaking the rules is not as thorough as other grammar books i. When proper grammar is absent, writing is sloppy, inconsistent, and difficult to read. The album had won airplay for its anthemic title track, which was cowritten with procol harum lyricist keith reid. The beauty of writing is that nothing is set in stone. However, when my son saw that it was on offer along with a book his fiancee bought, he thought of me. Rules for comma usage guide to grammar and writing. But before i give you my list of top rules to break, its important to emphasize that im not advocating that writers break rules with abandon or become sloppy. You might do a minilesson on finding and fixing sentence fragments. Writers who break the rules because they dont know them are more likely to produce shoddy.288 192 99 1051 337 1129 1366 129 742 682 234 528 1079 1293 479 985 252 667 562 540 671 1072 1205 625 524 44 1440 1176 461 1213 405 34 846 395 1325 24 1533 1033 1173 1372 1185 565 1225 854 891 334 202 1444