The Infographic Guide to Grammar: A Visual Reference for Everything You Need to Know
Jara Kern
Adams Media

I’m a grammar lover—a grammarista, if you will. I believe words matter. Using and punctuating them correctly is important.

The problem with the English language is that it has so many grammar rules, exceptions, twists, and turns that it’s easy to make embarrassing grammatical errors, so having a good grammar reference is essential.

The problem with most grammar reference books is that they’re boring. The Infographic Guide to Grammar isn’t.

If you want to write with accuracy and authority, you need a good grammar reference book. Online grammar checkers are excellent tools (I use and recommend Grammarly), but they are no substitute for a guide that clearly explains the rules so you can decide what’s best to do for your project.

The Infographic Guide to Grammar coverThe Infographic Guide to Grammar is one of those reference books—simply and clearly written, visually appealing, well organized, and—a bonus!—fun to read.

The infographic format makes the book’s content more engaging than if presented in plain text. Infographics are effective educational tools because they capture attention, convey information, and encourage data retention—which is exactly what you need when it comes to grammar.

Author Jara Kern begins with the basic parts of speech, builds to sentence structure, and covers punctuation. Then she discusses writing style and common mistakes. For trivia buffs, the “Did You Know?” and “Good To Know” sections in each chapter provide an abundance of gee-whiz information that’s both entertaining and useful.

Kern includes some great tips to help you remember what’s correct, but also recommends that you memorize some of the trickier rules that don’t have any logic.

Here’s a bonus for grammar nerds: Kern confirms that the old “never end a sentence with a preposition” rule is a myth. She says it’s perfectly acceptable to do so in conversation and casual writing, although it might be frowned on in formal written English.

While this isn’t a book you’re likely to read from beginning to end like a novel, I recommend reading the entire chapter on common mistakes. It will improve your writing and help you remember and avoid grammar traps that often trip us up.

Recommended for anyone who writes, from students to administrative staffers to professional writers.

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