I’m pretty sure I groaned when I first opened this book. As the assigned textbook of a composition class I took in college, it was intimidating at first glance.
And it never became as entertaining to me as, say, a novel. But it taught me to love grammar. To understand it and all its uses.
As soon as I finished that class that semester, I hung out my shingle and started helping others understand grammar better (that story coming up tomorrow).
Blurb from Amazon:
Rhetorical Grammar encourages writers to recognize and use the grammatical and stylistic choices available to them and to understand the rhetorical effects those choices can have on their readers.
Rhetorical Grammar is a writer’s grammar – a text that presents grammar as a rhetorical tool, avoiding the do’s and don’ts so long associated with the study of grammar. It reveals to writers the system of grammar that they know subconsciously and encourages them to use that knowledge to understand their choices as writers and the effects of those choices on their readers. Besides providing key strategies for revision, Rhetorical Grammar presents systematic discussions of reader expectation, sentence rhythm and cohesion, subordination and coordination, punctuation, modification, diction, and other principles.
If you’re a fan of grammar and love to read about it, I recommend this book as a comprehensive guidebook. If you’re looking for more detailed lessons after this #GettingGrammar series is over, this would be a great second step.
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