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Gwynne's Grammar: The Ultimate Introduction to Grammar and the Writing of Good English. Incorporating also Strunk's Guide to Style. [Kindle Edition]

N.M. Gwynne
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“Warm and utterly self-assured . . . Refreshingly opinionated . . . [Gwynne] is an unashamed prescriptivist . . . [and his] judgment is unambiguous . . . It doesn’t matter how many academic linguists tell us that language changes over time . . . Educated people still want to know whether they should write ‘amuck’ or ‘amok,’ ‘between’ or ‘among’.”
—Barton Swaim, The Weekly Standard

“Dynamite to modern, child-centered education: a guide to the forgotten rudiments of the English Language.”
—Elizabeth Grice, Daily Telegraph
“Curious and brilliant . . . it is wonderful that his crisp, lucid book has at last been embraced by the many.”
—Charles Moore, The Spectator
“Witty, engaging and highly educational stuff.”
Times Educational Supplement
“A very useful, pertinent summary and it deserves both to be used and enjoyed.”
—Tony Little, head master, Eton College
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A timely and beautifully designed guide to the English grammar we all know we ought to know


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 339 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 210 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0091951453
  • Verlag: Ebury Digital (18. April 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00C799RX8
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Handy little book 17. Juni 2013
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Handy little book tips and tricks with English Grammar. Sorts out your co-ordinating conjunctions from all other conjunctions that one didn't know even existed.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Grammar for us all 10. Juli 2014
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Have you seen the way school children hold their pens or pencils these days? It is as if they are holding a dagger. Have you read what these children write? It is as if they had just plunged that dagger into your back. (That is… if you love the English language.)

N. M. Gwynne is doing his best to rescue us from this tragedy but I fear he is too late. Teachers today are opposed to teaching grammar, preferring to leave the development of language skills to the innate brilliance of their students, and often pointing out that languages change; and the only languages that don’t change are the dead languages…Latin, Classical Greek etc. The good professor points out to these folks that except for the addition of new words to the English vocabulary, the English language has remained pretty much unchanged for several hundred years. This is quite true and quite extraordinary. It permits the people who are living today to read and understand and appreciate the writing and lives of people who lived in the past. And a language that can achieve that deserves our deep respect.

I had previously owned a copy of “Gwynne’s Latin.” I fear that copy is lost. But I located a wonderful video of professor Gwynne on Tu Tubus. (“You Tube” for those of you who don’t speak Latin.) It shows the professor teaching Latin to a wonderful group of young people in a school somewhere in the U.K. He is an old fashioned disciplinarian: the “Memorize, memorize, memorize” type. And the students love it. I am convinced, having gone through this kind of formal instruction myself as a child, that this is the best way to teach.

However, there appears to be a new dispensation which is about to change all that. Worse yet, this generation of teachers itself appears to be a product of the new (and much worse) way of teaching the language. These folks do not know what a pronoun is. An adverb? That’s probably something you add to a verb. “But anyway,” they’ll tell you, “it’s not important. That’s all old stuff and all it does is it slows the kids down.”

And it’s not only the teachers that are a problem. These folks get into positions of authority and one has to deal with the fallout. For example: at my last place of employment (a government job,) we received a memo from our Comissioner regarding “gender free language.” We were told not to use the words “he” “her” “him” etc. These were sexist words. We were to use the word “they” or “their.” In fact the memo told us we must not even permit our minds to think the words “he” him” “she” “her”. Egad. The thought police had arrived.

Professor Gwynne does point out that in this context the word “gender” is incorrectly used, since gender is a function of language and many languages would be quite impossible to speak were we to do away with gender. He amusingly notes that in the German language the word for the female-sexed girl, “Das Madchen,” is somehow given the neuter gender. (Perhaps the Germans had a foreboding of what was to come.) But “der tisch” (the table) is in the masculine gender. If you have studied pretty much any foreign language you know that remembering the genders of the various words can drive you nuts.

But let me wind this up by praising Professor Gwynne for his valiant efforts in an important cause. We shall all be tested. And the professor’s book shall help us maintain our sanity as our civilization falls into decline.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Introduction? What Is Left Unsaid? 7. Juli 2014
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Yes, this is a concise book with a great deal of information about grammar. I have several little grammar books, but the ones I like the best are those you can turn to when you are having an immediate problem and find the solution.

Gwynn's Grammar book has a great deal more information and a great deal more explanation; but at my age, grammar has been explained to me for decades, and still I run into problems when composing a written product.

Even in such a concise book, all the information and explanation, while no doubt correct, valuable, and accurately worded was simply too much for me. I just really need help when I face a problem. I think I am past learning everything I need to know about grammar.

For other readers, and, yes, this is a book one can sit and read, this may be just the ticket. But for some there may be just too much reading, too much information, and way too much depth of subject.

If the reader desires an education to the inth degree about grammar, it is likely in this book and might be a fascinating read.

If one is looking a book providing grammar aid, this likely won't fill their needs - or, if it would, they won't have the time and patience to search it out.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An enjoyable and smart book 4. August 2014
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I have taught college English for a while now (since 1976), usually having a section of freshman writing mixed in with other classes. Most of the usage/grammar books that have come under my consideration are descriptive in purpose, meaning that they base their rules on how people write rather than on a set of fixed rules passed down from teacher to teacher. Mr. Gwynne's approach is prescriptive, meaning that grammar works better with certain right-and-wrong assumptions in place about usage and style. Know some rules, in other words. I didn't think I would like that approach, since I feel that language is a living thing and flexibility is good and all that--as does Mr. Gwynne, I should think--but I actually found his tack quite refreshing. It's also nice to pick up some terms I didn't know (defining clause, commenting clause, bracketing commas) since people who enjoy grammar often like knowing what other teachers call things in case it works better than what you've been using (or just sounds more technical and thus earns you more front-of-the-room cred).

Mr. Gwynne seems not to object to the abstract possessive (he writes, for example, "the genitive's S"), a position that makes me feel good since one of my seminar papers long ago in grad school had the phrase "the poem's imagery" circled along with a terminal comment about how the professor found such usage "odd and distracting." I immediately thought of "the nation's capital" and other uses of abstract possessives. Anyway, the prepublication copy of Mr. Gwynne's book lacks the forthcoming index, so I do not know for sure if the author addresses this topic directly. My selective reading of his handbook over some weeks now did not turn up such a passage. (He also favors using a possessive before a gerund, as in "his [not him] thinking it over," which is a classy and maybe even sonorous practice.)

Mr. Gwynne includes the first version of the famous ELEMENTS OF STYLE, the Will Strunk portions. These excellent comments have now passed into the public domain. Strunk's paragraph on omitting needless words is about as inspiring as a style book can get. Strunk's examples, coming at the end of the book, include at least one usage conundrum (adding the last S in "Charles's friend") that Mr. Gwynne did not address in his own earlier apostrophe section. Perhaps a little cross-coordination would have been good there (but, as I said, I'm working without an index). All in all, Mr. Gwynne's approach, his writing, and his encouragements to students and teachers are appealing and useful. It is usually a pleasure to read the work of someone who has spent most of his life pondering the subject of his book, whatever it may be. Such depth and authority certainly comes across in this book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good Reference 12. Juli 2014
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Mr. Gwynne writes earnestly and passionately of the virtues of learning and using grammar. He seems more pontificate than teacher, which wearies the reader.

I do agree with Mr. Gwynne that we should learn to use proper grammar. It truly is important in order for us to communicate in modern times. We are constantly in contact with people who learned English as a second, third, or fourth language. Those who have learned a second language know that when native speakers of the language use poor grammar, comprehension is impossible. Professionally and socially, we excel when we communicate clearly. We fail when we don't.

A portion of this book is drawn from William Strunk, Jr.'s "The Elements of Style," circa 1918. This book is now in the public domain and useful in its own right - at no cost to the reader. But as useful as it is, "The Elements of Style" alone is not a comprehensive reference. Those who have mastered grammar have little need of it. Those who have not will lack the knowledge to understand its passages.

The reader may, at times, disagree with some of Mr. Gwynne's dictums. When the reader is composing his own writing, he exercises his best judgment. If one is writing fiction, Mr. Gwynne's book may gather dust. If one is writing non-fiction, or business documents, mastery of grammar is essential; thus, so is this book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen More guide than reference. 4. August 2014
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My job has started to require more narrative style reports from me. Which requires I start using those grammar muscles that have not been exercised since college. I thought the Gwynne’s guide would be very helpful to have on my desk as a reference. Now I was thinking this guide was going to be more of a grammar reference book, but I find it is more of book to read to brush up on all of your grammar at once. It is not really organize din a way that makes it effective for reference but rather for study. The first portion of the book giving a great overview of grammar like parts of speech and syntax, and the second half referring to verse prose and style in general. The writing is very easy to understand and the concepts are well explained. The copy I have is a prerelease copy so I can’t comment on the final books layout, but suffice to say the content is rock solid. After reading through the book I know my writing has improved (For reports at least, maybe not my reviews) and I know many people that could benefit from a look through this book. So if you need an adult reintroduction to grammar this is a great place to start. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment and I will try to answer it.
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