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Grammar to Go: How It Works and How To Use It, 5th Edition

  • Barbara Goldstein
  • Jack Waugh
  • Karen Linsky
  • ISBN-10: 1305103769
  • ISBN-13: 9781305103764
  • 288 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2010, 2007
  • COPYRIGHT: 2016 Published
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About the Product

Brief and basic in its coverage, GRAMMAR TO GO, 5th Edition, offers students a unique focus on sentence diagramming that helps them visualize and understand how words connect. Perfect as a primary text or as a supplement for courses with an emphasis on learning basic grammar and punctuation skills, this edition incorporates a wide range of material to help students hone their skills, including additional “GrammarSpeak” features (which provide guidance on common errors in daily speech and writing); a new “Write Now” feature in each chapter that offers a specific writing topic for paragraph development while focusing on the grammar lessons of the chapter; and more integrated exercises on interesting topics from sports to history to the arts.


  • Exercises throughout the text allow students to practice their grammar skills while learning about topics ranging from English literature to professional sports and the space program.

  • This edition includes access to expanded information on the companion website, including a step-by-step guide to the more complex diagramming of verbals and clauses.

  • A quick diagramming guide appears on the inside front cover of the text for easy reference.

  • Each chapter of the text concludes with two writing exercises. “Ready to Write” exercises require students to identify specific elements in a short passage, while “Write Now” activities reinforce the lesson by giving students the opportunity to practice what they've learned in their own composition. End-of-chapter material also includes a “GrammarSpeak” exercise that allows students to correct some of the common misspoken words and phrases they hear every day, helping them to develop better oral language habits.

  • Unlike a handbook, this book helps students understand how language works, emphasizing understanding over memorization so that concepts and patterns become automatic as students move from simple to complex concepts.

  • The authors teach students how to “see” the various parts of the sentence through the use of diagramming, enabling them to understand how words relate and connect based on their position and function on the diagram frame.

  • Each chapter allows students to participate in the discovery of each rule through a process of reasoning and evaluating as they construct sentences within particular patterns.

  • The authors minimize the amount of memorization students need to do at any one time, parceling information out as needed for each part of the process.

  • The text's student-friendly design separates “quick tips,” parts of speech, and common misunderstandings into easy-to-read boxes for quick reference.


“GRAMMAR TO GO is clearly organized, thorough, student friendly, and engaging.”
— Edward Rielly, Saint Joseph's College

About the Author

Barbara Goldstein

Barbara Goldstein, Professor of English, has taught English composition and English grammar at Hillsborough Community College for more than 20 years. After serving as Dean of the Associate in Arts program at the Dale Mabry campus for four years, Dr. Goldstein returned to her first love, the classroom. A recipient of the Florida Association of Community College's Curriculum Commission Exemplary Practice award, she was the first director of the award-winning HCC Writing Center and currently serves as the center's faculty advisor.

Jack Waugh

Jack Waugh currently teaches World Humanities, Asian Humanities, and Honors World Humanities at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida. He serves as Program Manager for the Humanities Department. His keen interest in English grammar began when he learned diagramming from a college professor who required her students to diagram thirty sentences per class period for an entire semester. Dr. Waugh taught English for 20 years and still enjoys teaching grammar and writing classes now. One of his chief joys in teaching is seeing students actually understand the rudiments of English grammar.

Karen Linsky

Except for three years of teaching high school English in Atlanta, Karen Linsky has spent her entire teaching career at Hillsborough Community College. She has taught a wide variety of courses, including Prep Writing, English Composition, American Literature, Linguistics, College Study Skills, and Leadership Development. For the past ten years, she has been very involved in the HCC Honors Institute, developing courses, teaching numerous classes, participating in conferences and extra-curricular activities, and traveling internationally with students. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Emory University, Professor Linsky received a NISOD Excellence Award from the University of Texas at Austin for her work in establishing the HCC Writing Center; she is also a certified Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Instructor.

Table of Contents

1. Getting Started.
Parts of Speech Basics. Verb Basics. Noun Basics. Pronoun Basics. Adjective Basics. Adverb Basics. Preposition Basics. Conjunction Basics. Interjection Basics. Parts of Sentences Basics. Subjects and Verbs Basics.
2. Sentence Patterns.
Subject/Verb Sentence Pattern. Subject/Verb/Direct Object Sentence Pattern. Subject/Verb/Indirect Object/Direct Object Sentence Pattern. Subject/Verb/Direct Object/Object Complement Sentence Pattern. Subject/Linking Verb/Subject Complement Sentence Pattern.
3. Adjectives and Adverbs.
4. Phrases.
Prepositional Phrases. Verb Phrases. Appositive Phases.
5. Verbals and Verbal Phrases.
Participles and Participial Phrases. Gerunds and Gerund Phrases. Infinitives.
6. Word Order Variations.
Questions. There is/There are Constructions. Commands and Requests.
7. Clauses.
Independent Clauses. Dependent Clauses.
8. Types of Sentences.
Classifying Sentences According to Structure. Simple Sentences. Compound Sentences.
Complex Sentences. Compound/Complex Sentences. Coordination and Subordination.
9. Sentence Fragments and Run-On Sentences.
10. Commas.
11. Other Punctuation and Capitalization.
12. Pronouns.
13. Agreement.
14. Modifiers.
15. Sentence Coherence: Logic, Parallelism, and Shifts.
16. Parts of Speech: For Further Study.

New to this edition

  • Chapter 1 has been revised to include additional instruction including more drilling on finding the subject and verb in a sentence, finding prepositional phrases in a sentence, and additional coverage on axillary verbs.
  • Updated and revised exercises provide new practice opportunities for students to develop their grammar skills in the context of a wide variety of topics.
  • New to this edition, the “Write Now” feature offers a specific writing topic for paragraph development while reinforcing the grammar lessons of the chapter.