Perhaps the most gratifying part of creating a third edition of Grammar to Go is
knowing that so many instructors, both in the United States and abroad, have been
using our pedagogy with great success. Most of the revisions made between the
first edition and the second involved the reorganization of the text, especially the
ordering of the grammar rules presented in Part 2. In our third edition revisions,
we have focused more on content.
Grammar to Go, Third Edition continues to present a clear, systematic, yet
thorough approach to teaching English grammar to beginning college students.
This edition, however, increases opportunities for practice, practice, and more
practice, adding more traditional practice sets, as well as additional integrated
assignments—exercises that help students practice their grammar skills while they
learn a little about topics from American presidents and English literature to
professional sports and the space program. The “Word Watchers” feature added to
the second edition of Grammar to Go was extremely well-received, and the third
edition of Grammar to Go includes an integrated index on the back cover to help
students and instructors locate specific words quickly.
Then there’s the diagramming. Some of our users love it; some skip over it. For
those who love it, we have included more instruction on our ancillary website, so
those who want to take their students further than diagramming sentences with
prepositional phrases will now have a step-by-step guide to help them teach the
more complex diagramming of verbals and clauses.We have added a quick diagramming
guide to the front cover of the text for easy reference.
In response to requests for more on composition, each chapter of Grammar to
Go, Third Edition concludes with opportunities for writing practice. In “Ready to
Write” exercises, students identify specific elements in a short passage. These exercises
are followed by “Write Now,” giving students further practice in mastering
the lesson by composing on their own.
Finally, while we are still philosophically opposed to providing answers in the
back of the text, we have continued to include the “Test Yourself” feature in each
chapter, with answers provided, to enable students to check their understanding of
the material. We have also continued to include the answer key to the “Word
Watchers” practice sets.