The easy way to brush up on your English skills Is it good or well? There, their, or they're? Some people don't have to think twice about using proper English, but for the rest of us it can get tricky and confusing. Whether you're writing or speaking, it's all too easy to fall prey to simple mistakes that will represent you in a less-than-desirable light--which can potentially cost you a job or put you in an embarrassing social situation. Avoiding complicated grammar rules, Basic English For Dummies sticks to the basics and makes it easy to get up and running on what you need to know to partake in successful everyday communication, no matter your audience or medium. Inside, you'll find plenty of examples and exercises, guidance on how to structure sentences to make yourself easily understood, and so much more. In no time, you'll leave the 'me or I?' debate at the door and speak and write confidently and correctly. Plus, you'll expand your vocabulary, find the right tone and style you want to convey in your communication, and avoid common English language pitfalls. Includes quizzes and self-tests Provides guidance on composing letters, emails, texts, and phone calls Explains in plain English how to improve your English skills Gives you instruction and exercises on putting your skills to practice right away If English is your first language, but you missed or have forgotten the nuances that were taught in school, Basic English For Dummies is your go-to guide. It is also ideal for those learning English as a second language.
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Learn to: Become confident with written and spoken English Develop your skills without learning complex grammar Improve your spelling and avoid common mistakes The easy way to brush up on your English skills Is it good or well? There, their, or they're? Some people don't have to think twice about using proper English, but, for the rest of us, it can get tricky. Avoiding complicated grammar rules, this friendly guide sticks to the basics and makes it easy to take part in successful everyday communication, no matter your audience or format. Talk the talk -- come to grips with the different parts of speech and see examples of language in action That is correct! -- discover how to use the right verb form in each tense, pair subjects and verbs correctly, make sense of complements, and complete sentences in the right way There's a reason for that -- find out the proper way to use apostrophes, commas, quotation marks, and capitalization Wherever you go... -- find out how to use grammar correctly in any situation, whether you're writing in electronic media, making bulleted lists for presentation slides, or completing letters, reports, or school assignments Open the book and find: Helpful sidebars that make complicated material easy to understand Everything you need to know about punctuation Plain-English reasoning behind strict grammar rules An easy-to-follow lesson in spelling Commonly confused words Ten easy ways to improve your grammar Top grammar mistakes to avoid