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By Thomas Parrish

Do you devote apostrophe atrocities?

Are you stricken by the lie/lay conundrum?

Do you end up caught among floaters and danglers?

Do your topics and your verbs refuse to agree?

If so, you're no longer on my own. probably the most famous pros in television broadcasting and at significant newspapers and magazines-people who fairly should still recognize better-are to blame of creating all-too-common grammatical error. during this delightfully a laugh, smart advisor, Thomas Parrish issues out real-life grammar gaffes from top-notch guides reminiscent of the hot York instances and the recent Yorker to demonstrate simply how common those mistakes are. With crimson pen in hand, Parrish's fictional buddy the Grouchy Grammarian leads the cost, interpreting the forty-seven most typical errors in English and presenting the fundamentals of fine grammar with a captivating mix of fussiness and customary experience. All of which makes The Grouchy Grammarian the main unique, available how-not-to consultant you'll ever learn.

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