Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students

Quick & Dirty Tips Quick & Dirty Tips

Mignon Fogarty; illustrations by Erwin Haya

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

304 Pages



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An International Reading Association Teachers' Choice of the Year Here is a complete and comprehensive guide to all things grammar from Grammar Girl, a.k.a. Mignon Fogarty, whose popular podcasts have been downloaded over twenty million times and whose first book, Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, was a New York Times bestseller.  For beginners to more advanced students, this guide covers it all: the parts of speech, sentences, and punctuation are all explained clearly and concisely with the warmth, wit, and accessibility Grammar Girl is known for.  Pop quizzes are scattered throughout to reinforce the explanations, as well as Grammar Girl's trademark Quick and Dirty Tips—easy and fun memory tricks to help with those challenging rules.  Complete with a writing style chapter and a guide to the different kinds of writing—everything from school papers to letter writing to e-mails—this guide is sure to become the one-stop, essential book on every student's desk.


Praise for Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students

"Good writing skills are a must in any professional career, and there's no secret to being a good writer: Learn the tools of English, and practice. And read, of course. A lot. Students can use a hand learning the basics—and the trickier points—of language, and that's where three new books come in. Mignon Fogarty, better known as 'Grammar Girl' . . . wrote her three latest books just for students, to help them learn new words, navigate tricky meanings, and put them all together into clear, coherent English. 101 Words Every High School Graduate Needs to Know and 101 Misused Words You'll Never Confuse Again are short, handy word guides . . . The Ultimate Writing Guide for Students is a much meatier reference, going beyond vocabulary into grammar and the structure of writing. But it's not a dry, boring reference. From its bright orange theme color to its tips sprinkled throughout to its 'Grammar Schmammar' intro, this guide is both informative and user-friendly. The book starts with the basics—parts of speech—then moves on to sentences, punctuation and tips on common pitfalls. It ends with a great pep-talk chapter that offers tips and examples on how to clarify and streamline writing, getting over writer's block, and editing and proofing your work. It's all done in a light, friendly style with copious examples of what to do, and focuses much more on doing than on not-doing. The main message [is]: You can write; here are the tools."—Lisa McLendon, The News & Observer (Raleigh) 

In the Press

Read the Kirkus Review of GRAMMAR GIRL PRESENTS THE ULTIMATE WRITING GUIDE FOR STUDENTS . As she does in previous volumes—Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (2008) and The Grammar Devotional (2009)—Fogarty affects an earnest and upbeat tone to dissuade those who think a grammar book has to be "annoying, boring, and confusing" and takes on the role of "grammar guide, intent on demystifying grammar."

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Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students
Chapter OneParts of SpeechIN THESE NEXT few chapters, think of me as your grammar guide, intent on demystifying grammar. I'm a practical person--I've given people batteries and socks as birthday presents. That is what I want to give you, the things everyone will use--the batteries and socks of writing.In order to do that, we need a common language between the professionals and us. If I quickly spewed out terms like antecedents, future progressive tense, and subjunctive verbs, you'd probably run away screaming, but you do need to know
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  • Meet Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl

    From 'affects' to 'effects' and from 'less' to 'fewer'... Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl, sets the record straight on many common grammar gaffes. Here is the story behind her weekly 'Quick and Dirty Tips' podcast, now a popular audio book from Macmillan Audio. Visit for more.



  • Mignon Fogarty; illustrations by Erwin Haya

  • Mignon Fogarty is the creator of Grammar Girl and the founder and managing director of Quick and Dirty Tips. Formerly a magazine writer, technical writer, and entrepreneur, she has a B.A. in English from the University of Washington in Seattle and an M.S. in biology from Stanford University. Her Grammar Girl web site ( has been selected as one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers by Writer's Digest magazine. She lives in Reno, Nevada.
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