Grammar Girl's 101 Misused Words You'll Never Confuse Again

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Mignon Fogarty

St. Martin's Griffin

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Millions of people around the world communicate better thanks to Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl, whose top-rated weekly grammar podcast has been downloaded more than 30 million times. After realizing her fans were asking the same questions over and over, Mignon decided to focus her attention on those words that continuously confound the masses. In Grammar Girl's 101 Misused Words You'll Never Confuse Again, you'll learn:
  • When you should use affect and when effect is right
  • Whether you should you say purposely or purposefully
  • The difference between hilarious and hysterical
Packed with clear explanations, fun quotations showing the word used in context, and the quick and dirty memory tricks Mignon is known for, this friendly reference guide ends the confusion once and for all and helps you speak and write with confidence.

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A Versus An
 

Sadly, a lot of people were taught the wrong rule for using the articles a and an. It’s the sound of the next word that determines the word choice, not the first letter.
If the next word starts with a vowel sound, use an. If the next word starts with a consonant sound, use a. That means a word starting with u or o, for example, can require a or an depending on the pronunciation: a unicorn, an uncle, a onetime deal, an owner.
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To remember that words starting with certain letters can go either way, set the image in your mind of a man

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"For anyone who writes,  whether blogs or greeting cards, and anyone who speaks in public ... this book should be in your reference library!"
--City Book Review
 
"The book’s tips will help increase SAT scores and will come in handy when writing papers or college entrance essays. You will find Fogarty’s style to be warm, humorous, and accessible. Become a confident writer and speaker. You won’t just sound smarter, you’ll be smarter!"
--Portland Book Review

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About the Author

Mignon Fogarty

MIGNON FOGARTY, the creator of Grammar Girl and the founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips Network, is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Grammar Girl’s Quick And Dirty Tips For Better Writing and The Grammar Devotional. Her straightforward, bite-sized tips on grammar have led to features in the New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and an appearance on Oprah. She lives in Reno, Nevada.

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Grammar Girl's 101 Misused Words You'll Never Confuse Again
Mignon Fogarty

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
July 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429940573
ISBN10: 1429940573
128 pages
$4.27

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
July 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312573379
ISBN10: 0312573375
5 x 7 1/8 inches, 128 pages
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