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Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students

Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students

Quick & Dirty Tips

Mignon Fogarty; illustrations by Erwin Haya

St. Martin's Griffin


Named to the International Reading Association's 2012 Teachers' Choice book list

Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students 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.

Chapter One

Parts of Speech

IN 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...


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.

Praise for Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students

“Budding writers will find it invaluable.” —School Library Journal

“This guide is accessible to all, whether writing is limited to texting and e-mailing or creating the next great novel…Fogarty has succeeded in furnishing students with a witty guide to an often-challenging part of daily life.” —VOYA

“As a guide to dip into and peruse, it will be a solid and enjoyable resource for writers everywhere.” —Kirkus Reviews

The Ultimate Writing Guide for Students [goes] beyond vocabulary into grammar and the structure of writing. But it's not a dry, boring reference ... this guide is both informative and user-friendly...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." - Kirkus Reviews

Reviews from Goodreads

Mignon Fogarty; illustrations by Erwin Haya

Mignon Fogarty, the creator of Grammar Girl and the founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips Network, is also the author of the bestselling GRAMMAR GIRL'S QUICK AND DIRTY TIPS FOR BETTER WRITING and THE GRAMMAR DEVOTIONAL. She lives in Reno, Nevada.

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