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The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation: An Easy-to-Use Guide with Clear Rules, Real-World Examples, and Reproducible Quizzes, 11th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-79032-8
224 pages
January 2014
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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. This user-friendly resource includes simple explanations of grammar, punctuation, and usage; scores of helpful examples; dozens of reproducible worksheets; and pre- and post-tests to help teach grammar to students of all ages. Appropriate for virtually any age range, this authoritative guide makes learning English grammar and usage simple and fun. This updated Eleventh Edition reflects the latest updates to English usage and grammar and features a fully revised two-color design and lay-flat binding for easy photocopying.

  • Clear and concise, easy-to-follow, 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 Grammar and Punctuation offers comprehensive, straightforward instruction.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments xv

About the Authors xvii

Introduction xix

1 GRAMMAR 1

Finding Nouns, Verbs, and Subjects 1

Clauses and Phrases 7

Pronouns 7

Who vs. Whom 12

Whoever vs. Whomever 13

Who, That, Which 14

Adjectives and Adverbs 15

Prepositions 18

Effective Writing 20

2 PUNCTUATION 25

Periods 25

Commas 25

Semicolons 30

Colons 31

Quotation Marks 33

Parentheses and Brackets 34

Parentheses 34

Brackets 35

Apostrophes 36

Hyphens 40

Hyphens between words 41

Hyphens with prefixes and suffixes 43

Dashes 45

Ellipses 46

Question Marks 47

Exclamation Points 48

3 CAPITALIZATION 49

4 WRITING NUMBERS 57

5 CONFUSING WORDS AND HOMONYMS 61

6 QUIZZES 125

Grammar Pretest 125

Finding Nouns, Verbs, and Subjects Quiz 1 127

Finding Nouns, Verbs, and Subjects Quiz 2 127

Subject and Verb Agreement Quiz 1 128

Subject and Verb Agreement Quiz 2 129

Pronouns Quiz 1 130

Pronouns Quiz 2 131

Who, Whom, Whoever, Whomever Quiz 1 131

Who, Whom, Whoever, Whomever Quiz 2 132

Who, Whom, That, Which Quiz 1 133

Who, Whom, That, Which Quiz 2 134

Adjectives and Adverbs Quiz 1 134

Adjectives and Adverbs Quiz 2 135

Prepositions Quiz 1 136

Prepositions Quiz 2 136

Affect vs. Effect Quiz 1 137

Affect vs. Effect Quiz 2 137

Lay vs. Lie Quiz 1 138

Lay vs. Lie Quiz 2 139

Advice vs. Advise Quiz 1 139

Advice vs. Advise Quiz 2 140

Their vs. There vs. They’re Quiz 1 140

Their vs. There vs. They’re Quiz 2 141

More Confusing Words and Homonyms Quiz 1 141

More Confusing Words and Homonyms Quiz 2 142

Effective Writing Quiz 1 142

Effective Writing Quiz 2 143

Grammar Mastery Test 144

Punctuation, Capitalization, and Writing Numbers Pretest 145

Commas and Periods Quiz 1 147

Commas and Periods Quiz 2 148

Semicolons and Colons Quiz 1 149

Semicolons and Colons Quiz 2 150

Question Marks and Quotation Marks Quiz 1 151

Question Marks and Quotation Marks Quiz 2 152

Parentheses and Brackets Quiz 1 152

Parentheses and Brackets Quiz 2 153

Apostrophes Quiz 1 153

Apostrophes Quiz 2 154

Hyphens Between Words Quiz 1 154

Hyphens Between Words Quiz 2 155

Hyphens with Prefixes and Suffixes Quiz 1 156

Hyphens with Prefixes and Suffixes Quiz 2 156

Capitalization Quiz 1 157

Capitalization Quiz 2 157

Writing Numbers Quiz 1 158

Writing Numbers Quiz 2 158

Punctuation, Capitalization, and Writing Numbers Mastery Test 159

7 ANSWERS TO QUIZZES 161

Grammar Pretest Answers 161

Finding Nouns, Verbs, and Subjects Quiz 1 Answers 163

Finding Nouns, Verbs, and Subjects Quiz 2 Answers 163

Subject and Verb Agreement Quiz 1 Answers 164

Subject and Verb Agreement Quiz 2 Answers 165

Pronouns Quiz 1 Answers 165

Pronouns Quiz 2 Answers 166

Who, Whom, Whoever, Whomever Quiz 1 Answers 167

Who, Whom, Whoever, Whomever Quiz 2 Answers 168

Who, Whom, That, Which Quiz 1 Answers 168

Who, Whom, That, Which Quiz 2 Answers 169

Adjectives and Adverbs Quiz 1 Answers 169

Adjectives and Adverbs Quiz 2 Answers 170

Prepositions Quiz 1 Answers 171

Prepositions Quiz 2 Answers 171

Affect vs. Effect Quiz 1 Answers 172

Affect vs. Effect Quiz 2 Answers 172

Lay vs. Lie Quiz 1 Answers 173

Lay vs. Lie Quiz 2 Answers 173

Advice vs. Advise Quiz 1 Answers 174

Advice vs. Advise Quiz 2 Answers 174

Their vs. There vs. They’re Quiz 1 Answers 175

Their vs. There vs. They’re Quiz 2 Answers 175

More Confusing Words and Homonyms Quiz 1 Answers 176

More Confusing Words and Homonyms Quiz 2 Answers 176

Effective Writing Quiz 1 Answers 177

Effective Writing Quiz 2 Answers 178

Grammar Mastery Test Answers 179

Punctuation, Capitalization, and Writing Numbers Pretest Answers 181

Commas and Periods Quiz 1 Answers 182

Commas and Periods Quiz 2 Answers 183

Semicolons and Colons Quiz 1 Answers 184

Semicolons and Colons Quiz 2 Answers 185

Question Marks and Quotation Marks Quiz 1 Answers 186

Question Marks and Quotation Marks Quiz 2 Answers 186

Parentheses and Brackets Quiz 1 Answers 187

Parentheses and Brackets Quiz 2 Answers 187

Apostrophes Quiz 1 Answers 188

Apostrophes Quiz 2 Answers 188

Hyphens Between Words Quiz 1 Answers 189

Hyphens Between Words Quiz 2 Answers 189

Hyphens with Prefixes and Suffixes Quiz 1 Answers 190

Hyphens with Prefixes and Suffixes Quiz 2 Answers 190

Capitalization Quiz 1 Answers 191

Capitalization Quiz 2 Answers 191

Writing Numbers Quiz 1 Answers 192

Writing Numbers Quiz 2 Answers 192

Punctuation, Capitalization, and Writing Numbers Mastery Test Answers 193

Index 195

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Author Information

JANE STRAUS (1954 - 2011) was an educator and best-selling author with extensive experience teaching English to adult learners. She created The Blue Book because she found no resources that explained English rules "in plain English." Straus also created the popular website GrammarBook.com.

LESTER KAUFMAN is publisher of GrammarBook.com. He married Jane Straus in 1987, eventually retiring from his career in government to help with her website.

TOM STERN is a veteran reporter and columnist. In 2012, his bimonthly newspaper column on English grammar and usage won a first-place award in the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s Better Newspapers Contest.

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