NonFiction Review: English Grammar Workbook for Adults

The English Grammar Workbook for Adults by Michael DiGiacomo
The English Grammar Workbook for Adults: A Self-Study Guide to Improve Functional Writing
by Michael DiGiacomo

4 out of 5 stars

This book is designed to help non-native English speakers to perfect their English grammar and navigate the many exceptions to the rules while speaking and writing English. The instruction goes way beyond “i before e except after c” type of rules, and addresses common pitfalls and mistakes that people make when learning English.

The reality is that many people who are native English speakers could read this book and learn a lot about their own language. Americans are especially known for having a poor understanding of the most basic rules of grammar and syntax, and could really benefit from a refresher in this book.
The chapters teach about nouns, plurals, adjectives, adverbs and verbs, prepositions, and punctuation. Each section has instruction, explanations of the exceptions, examples, and then several exercises so the reader can try it out for themselves. I was impressed with how different each of the exercises are: some for writing, answering a question, choosing true or false, filling in the blank, and a dozen more types of practice.

I really like how this book is designed. Each chapter builds on the one before, and the final sections are all about how to write for common scenarios like a job application, resume, a school essay, a professional email, or a party invitation. There are also common phrases that are used when signing a lease, or making a doctor’s appointment.

At the back of the book there is a glossary, a chart of irregular verbs, a “cheat sheet” that lists the parts of speech, and of course, the answer key for all the exercises so you can check your work.

I think this book would be so helpful to anyone learning English or teach English. I really love how the information is presented and the way learning and teaching are approached in such a positive way.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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