My Grammar and I Or Should That Be Me?: How to Speak and Write it Right

Sharpen your language skills and navigate your way around grammatical minefields with this entertaining and practical guide. For anyone who has ever been stumped by dangling modifiers and split infinitives, or for those who have no idea what these things even are, My Grammar and I...Or Should That Be Me? offers practical and humorous guidance on how to avoid falling into language pitfalls. Here are all the right tools to help you gain confidence as a speaker and writer, highlighting the most common language errors, such as wrongly used prepositions, misplaced modifiers, and confusing participles.

This refreshing refresher course covers:
? Spelling and Confusables-There are times when the spelling rule "i before e except after c" does not apply
? Parts of Speech-Is it "its" or "it's"? "Whose" or "who's"?
? Sentence Structure-Let us ponder the subject, or object, of "I" and "me"
? Punctuation-So where does a comma go?
? Elements of Style-There is more to grammar than knowing the difference between a subordinate object and a nonrestrictive apostrophe

And, for those grammar know-it-alls, there are entertaining "Smart Aleck" trivia, anecdotes, witticisms, and more. Clever and informative, this is the ideal gift for all English-language sticklers.

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By Gerry (Blackpool, The United Kingdom) · ★★★★★ · July 17, 2012
'Few of us to ask (or answer, or give a damn about) this question in real life. However, this book does ask it, so 'it seems only courteous to have a go' write the authors when discussing sentence structure. The decision is that as 'My Grammar and I' forms a compound subject this is a good enough... ...more
By VampireNovelFan (Washington, DC) · ★★★☆☆ · April 21, 2011
This book is a fantastic small reference for correcting grammar mistakes that we'll make in everyday life. If you're serious about writing, this won't solve all of your problems, but it's definitely an easy read that I'd highly recommend.

Thanks to this book (which I read over a year ago), I'm mu... ...more
By Alex (Paderborn, 07, Germany) · ★★★★☆ · November 09, 2012
Very good book on grammar, a lot of examples, explanations of rules and exceptions. Could be used as reference... ...more
By Anna (The United Kingdom) · ★★★★★ · June 06, 2014
review can also be found on my blog and waterstones

Contrary to what one may think, this book about grammar is one of the best books I've read so far this year.

It was educational but at the same time highly entertaining. In between rules and even more rules there's witty comments and interesting,... ...more
By Gaby (Brooklyn, NY) · ★★★★☆ · September 21, 2009
I"And not in me: I am myself alone." - Shakespeare, Henry VI
(as quoted in My Grammar and I...Or Should That Be Me?)

If you are interested in brushing up on your writing and grammar skills, I recommend My Grammar and I...Or Should That Be Me? How to Speak and Write It Right by Caroline Taggart and... ...more
By Reuben (Melbourne, 07, Australia) · ★★★☆☆ · April 29, 2012
As a kid I treated grammar including punctuation, spelling and syntax with either indifference or outright contempt. Those squiggles and cases, dashes and dots all seemed impenetrable, irrelevant, when all I wanted to do was write about spacemen.

Then I hit High School, University and later still... ...more
By Monty (The United Kingdom) · ★★★☆☆ · December 26, 2014
This is useful and prettily produced, even if it was mainly helpful as a reminder rather than a book of new discoveries. There are lots of little witticisms to aid digestion of what can be a dry subject. These remarks are often wryly amusing, though some may find them overly arch. ...more
By Joan (Malaga, Spain) · ★★★★☆ · March 23, 2014
This was an amusing, easy-to-read book which all would-be writers should buy. Despite being a subject usually thought of as dry and boring, the authors made me laugh out loud. There are plenty of interesting facts for those who love language. ...more
By hpboy13 (Brooklyn, NY) · ★★★☆☆ · January 06, 2013
This is okay as far as a guide to grammar goes. The author tries way too hard to be funny, and sprinkles a pop culture reference/political barb/random joke every line or so. It makes the thing difficult to read when you're actually trying to get information. Also, I spotted one serious typo - ver... ...more
By Peter (Alnwick, C5, The United Kingdom) · ★★★★★ · April 19, 2009
I found this book enjoyable and invaluable for improving my English. Being English I'm often shocked at the frequent misuse of the language (myself included), so I was pleased to find such a great book on the subject. It's packed with all those awkward little rules that make English the language... ...more