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Book was in fine condition and came earlier than promised. The content is excellent if you love grammar, the parsing of sentences and the use of tricky words and phrases. Requires concentration to stay with it, but it's everything you would ever want to know about sentence construction and the parts of speech. She has a certain wry humor in her approach, which helps to alleviate the density of the necessarily dry material. Note: this book would NOT be useful for those learning English as a new language.
I want to be June Casagrande's best friend. Seriously. I have loved every one of her books. I love her podcasts. I love her website. I'm sure I'd love her newspaper column too, if I'd ever read it. I have way too many books about grammar and writing and syntax and style. It would be different if I actually read each one cover to cover and then retained the information, but I never do. The exceptions are Casagrande's books. She is not only an exceptional writer (as you would expect, given the subject matter), but she's done all the homework for me, and she references her sources so I know exactly where to look if I need additional information. Best of all, she is unapologetic in her insistence that American English is ever-evolving. Whenever I find myself being critiqued by old school grammar snobs who cite outdated, silly rules that haven't applied to sentence structure or word usage for decades, I just reference this or another of Casagrande's books. Best of all (okay, the last "best of all" should have been "better than this..."), she writes in a way that is not only informative but also entertaining. She keeps me engaged from beginning to end. She makes learning fun. Isn't that what everyone wants in a best friend—someone who can answer all your syntax and grammar questions while keeping you entertained? I waited a long time for this book and it does not disappoint.
I would have rated this book higher, except there are no practice questions. The author presents succinct and detailed explanations of the subject matter. Particularly, she clearly defines the nature and use of a phrase and a clause. Although she fails to define the function of pronouns fully. Pronouns replace and refer to nouns, nouns phrases, and other pronouns.
Most books written on the subject of American English grammar fail to offer up a complete definition of pronouns, as well as adjectives modifying other adjectives. In short, however, I do recommend that you should purchase this book if you are serious about expanding your knowledge of the language.
I've probably purchased 10 or so grammar books but so far this is the only one that's working for me. In many other books, the authors can't help but crucially use concepts that haven't been introduced yet or quickly get you bogged down in things that require memorization instead of understanding/processing. There's also a bit of magic to it because I swear the author manages to explain concepts that I had previously found illusive in just a sentence or two. If you're like me and need that RIGHT book to get your grammar game a good bit tighter, I would certainly recommend this. It's not just better but A LOT better, at least for my style of processing information.
I could not begin to count the number of Grammar books I have read, studied, outlined, and mind mapped to no avail. I was beginning to think my mind must be missing a necessary grammar function and was close to giving up hope.
The Joy of Syntax has restored my faith in myself. This book is brilliant. It just makes sense.
June has a way with words. Her ability to explain in clear understandable terms has left me agape after almost every sentence. "So that's it!"
OK, I am one of those weird people who love words. I also like grammar, syntax, punctuation. I am sure that you get the picture. The Joy of Syntax is wonderful. I wish that it existed when I was a kid in school. The book is wonderfully written. It makes understanding syntax so much better than the way it was taught in school. It reminds me of things I had forgotten and somethings that I just never quite learned. Thank you Joy of Syntax.