Mistakes Writing English and How to Avoid Them is a text authored by Marshall T. Bigelow and is intended as an instructional guide to the improvement of one's English skills.
"With the exception of Wordsworth, there is not one celebrated author of this day who has written two pages consecutively without some flagrant impropriety in the grammar." It is this quote that Bigelow chooses to open his work with, a quote that demonstrates the state of the English language, at least as interpreted by some authors. The purpose of Mistakes Writing English and How to Avoid Them is to offer teachers and scholars a guide to improving their English by demonstrating some of the most common grammatical errors. The book is divided into easily digestible sections, each of which handles a different grammatical concept. Topics covered include the proper use of the article, pronouns and antecedents, the infinitive mood, use of the participle, conjunctions, prepositions, and much more. A three-part appendix sees several additional topics discussed, and the book is concluded by an index.
Marshall T. Bigelow has created a thorough and accessible guide to improving one's English. The book is not intended to be a completely exhaustive overview of grammar, but rather an examination of the most common errors of the language. Many of the examples provided were lifted directly from texts that Bigelow has been responsible for editing, and demonstrate that even professional writers are not immune from making grammatical errors.
Mistakes Writing English and How to Avoid Them is the sort of book that can benefit everybody that endeavors to read it. For individuals interested in learning how to avoid common errors and become a better writer, Marshall T. Bigelow's guide is essential. Clearly written and well presented, this work is highly recommended.