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The Modern Scholar Lecture

The Modern Scholar: A Way With Words Part III: Grammar for Adults

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Publisher's Summary

Who eats shoots and leaves? A panda? Or a gunman at a restaurant? The answer to this all depends on - you guessed it - grammar. In the third part of his extraordinary Way with Words series, Professor Drout continues to explore humanity's intimate association with language, here delving into the finer points of English grammar. Since others judge you by the way you speak, the intricacies of grammar, in fact, should not be relegated to the realm of fussy "guardians of the language," but are rather essential clues all can employ to communicate more exactly. In such a light, this course forms an invaluable guide for everyone from all fields of interest.

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©2008 Michael D.C. Drout; (P)2008 Recorded Books

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    Rich R. Rainbolt 09-05-13
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    "I know love grammar!"
    If you could sum up The Modern Scholar in three words, what would they be?

    S ; S


    What other book might you compare The Modern Scholar to and why?

    I really don't think I can compare it to any other book, other than Professor Drout's "Writing Rhetoric and the Art of Persuasion." It is like attending a very enjoyable class, where you like the professor; therefore you pay attention more.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    n/a


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, well I did smile in places, but I think if I cried I would be worried about myself.


    Any additional comments?

    The book brings the dreaded grammar into a logical light. Rather than blinding memorizing a series of rules, you are able to understand why you are memorizing a series of rules :-)
    It is overall fun, and I've listened to it twice, and plan to listen to it again.

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    Rahul Cedar Park, TX, United States 02-15-13
    Rahul Cedar Park, TX, United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Entertaining book for learning grammar"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Modern Scholar to be better than the print version?

    I was looking for a book to brush up my grammar and came across this one. I have found most of the grammar books to be boring. But based upon the reviews, I thought I will give this book a chance. I finished this book on my drives to work in about 3 weeks and really enjoyed listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the way Professor Drout has made Grammar really interesting to listen to. Chapters 5 to 13 are just fabulous!


    What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The fact that the lectures are narrated by Professor Drout made me feel that I was actually attending his lectures in school.


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    Drizzella MO 06-28-12

    drizzella

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    "Professor Drout explains it all for you"
    What made the experience of listening to The Modern Scholar the most enjoyable?

    Prof. Drout has a very engaging style and makes any subject he talks about easy to understand and enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful supplementary material for English students or anyone who wants to understand language.

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    Becca Nellysford, VA, United States 12-25-11
    Becca Nellysford, VA, United States 12-25-11
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    "Loved it"
    What did you love best about The Modern Scholar?

    I'm a grammar nut, so this is right up my alley, but even for people who are not, it's a fascinating look at where our wacky English grammar came from and gives the reader a deeper understanding of why we speak the way we speak. Also helps as a review of some of those quirky grammar rules.


    What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

    Informal, light approach to what can be a dry and heavy subject; witty, engaging style.


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    Sunday 11-30-11
    Sunday 11-30-11

    Sunday

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    "Drout is always a pleasure"

    I've had several audio books from Drout, I always enjoy his humour. He takes a light touch to the material whilst still being informative and helpful. Will download the other books from him for this series! I have always had a struggle understanding grammar but I did find his way of looking at things helpful. He made it more like a story than a formula, which works for me. I recommend it!

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    Gabriel Ames, Spain 07-07-11
    Gabriel Ames, Spain 07-07-11

    Gabriel Tojo

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    "Entertaining but too verbose"

    The author uses too many words to explain too few things. Rather than a book it sounds like a collection of lecturers, because, in fact, it is a collection of lecturers.

    Nevertheless, probably some listeners will like this style. It makes for an easier understanding.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Georgina Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico 07-02-10
    Georgina Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico 07-02-10 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Very funny"

    I do not know if I learned grammar but it is so funny that it does not matter. Additionally you learn a lot about the hystory of English language.

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    RUDY 05-28-12
    RUDY 05-28-12
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    "Not to the Point"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not sure


    What was most disappointing about Michael D.C. Drout’s story?

    He has a remarkable education and expertise but the book is way too informal rather than informative.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrator?

    Perhaps.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    He expresses his point of view in a very clear way in the last chapter.


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    Amazon Customer 02-04-12 Member Since 2016

    audioreader

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    Would you try another book from Michael D.C. Drout and/or the narrator?

    yes


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael D.C. Drout again?

    yes


    What aspect of the narrator???s performance would you have changed?

    His voice is annoying when he is reading foreign and dead languages.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I found this book scattered and really not what I was looking for. I didn't want the Drout Method of Grammar. I wanted traditional grammar, explained in a traditional way, not the history of the different parts of grammar.

    It left me more confused than when I started.

    It's sad. I really like Drout's lectures on Scifi and fantasy, but this one fell short.

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    Dr. Amen-Ra Damascus, MD, United States 12-14-13
    Dr. Amen-Ra Damascus, MD, United States 12-14-13 Member Since 2016

    An enlightened ascetic who loves language and learning.

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    "THAT’S NOT A PANDA, THAT’S A BLEEPING RACOON!"

    DESCRIBING, DEFENDING, & DECRYING “THE DROUT WAY”

    Anyone who wishes to enhance his or her understanding of English will be rewarded by hearing or reading Dr. Drout’s discourse on grammar. Anyone who eschews excessive intellectual egotism will be annoyed by the professor’s pedantic personalization of purely conventional concepts that have a long linguistic history. The phrase that most markedly illustrates the grammarian’s self-aggrandizement is the “Drout Way”. At the risk of oversimplifying a more encompassing ideological exposition, the “Drout Way” adumbrates the following ideas: (I) Clues to the complexity (and confusion) of the English language are to be sought in its convoluted history (II) Understanding this circuitous history can illuminate otherwise unintelligible aspects of the language (III) An ideal mastery of English necessitates a knowledgeable balance between adherence to invariant rules (which, in the main, must be memorized) and innovative attempts to ensure clarity of communication above all else and (IV) Overzealous attention to erroneous grammar on the part of others (especially when accompanied by crude correction) is odious and often ill-informed. It would be an amusing exercise to enumerate each utterance of the “Drout Way” in the author’s self-narrated audiobook. Interestingly, it is not until the final few minutes that the distinguished linguist-philologist acknowledges the fact that the main thrust of the “Drout Way” was foreshadowed by the steadfast Stoic philosopher, Marcus Aurelius. The Emperor, Drout correctly relates, credited his teacher, Grammaticus, with instructing him in the appropriate way of conceptualizing good grammar and correcting its misuse in others by ensuring one’s own grammatical correctitude—that is, by being a model of grammatical mastery.

    Dr. Drout is a superb scholar. His book is informative, funny, and forthright. He is young and already exceptionally accomplished as an academic. This is particularly encouraging to an ambivalent, aspiring academic such as myself. Further, his book is about much more than grammar; it is about the human psyche and the centrality of language thereto. Additional insight into the nature of his own mind might make Dr. Drout more aware of the ostensible imperfections in his psyche or, stated more sympathetically, the aesthetic imperfections in his rhetorical style. Ironically, I believe our good professor has produced a book on the principles of persuasive rhetoric. If so, I intend, to acquire it and opine on its merits from the privileged perspective of a discerning dilettante. Incidentally, it is difficult to forswear the speculative supposition that the master grammarian may be mourning the missed opportunity to make the mysterious matron who occasioned the coinage of the “red panda” into Mrs. Drout. Far be it of me, a professedly puritanical ascetic, to stoke the embers of a salacious scandal, especially in a stately discussion of grammar. It was, however, Dr. Drout’s doing and he’ll have to answer to the actual Mrs. Drout (and perhaps the potential or would-be Mrs. Drout). But that is another matter....

    Dr. Nun Sava-Siva Amen-Ra

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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