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ELLEN JOVIN is an internationally acclaimed grammar and language expert. She has written three other books on writing and grammar: English At Work: Find and Fix Your Mistakes in Business English; Essential Grammar for Business: The Foundation of Good Writing; and Writing for Business: Professionalism, Integrity & Power.Ellen has achieved fluency in six languages and has studied more than 25 in nine different writing systems for fun. She is a co-founder of Syntaxis, a communication skills training firm whose clients include many multinational corporations. Earlier in her career, Ellen taught English as an adjunct lecturer at New York University and other colleges, and then spent several years as a full-time freelance writer.Ellen has a B.A. in German studies from Harvard University and an M.A. in comparative literature from UCLA.


In Rebel with a Clause, Ellen Jovin has given us a street-level view of English grammar and usage, engaging with kids, drunks, cranks, and dads all over this land. From Verdi Square to Venice Beach, Fargo to New Orleans, she brings organization and clarity to every subject she lights on, presiding over the Grammar Table with tact, humility, and irrepressible playfulness. A fresh and democratic take on language by a gifted teacher. -- Mary Norris author of Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen and Greek to Me
Ellen Jovin is, literally, a public grammarian, doling out advice on myriad fine points of language from behind a folding table she first set up in Manhattan's Verdi Park. In Rebel with a Clause, Jovin shares not only her story as an itinerant language maven but so much first-rate wisdom about everything from the effective wielding of commas to differentiating between 'effect' and 'affect' (to say nothing of 'who' and 'whom') that you may not realize till you finish the book that you've learned so much. And she does it with sweetness and an enviable generosity of spirit. She never hectors, never finger-points; she enlightens and illuminates. This is lovely work. -- Benjamin Dreyer, author of the New York Times bestseller Dreyer's English
Charming tales of grammatical passion. -- Mignon Fogarty, author of the New York Times bestseller Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing.
Lemonade? Psychiatric help from Lucy? This [Grammar Table] stand in NYC will deal with your grammatical problems. -- Steven Pinker * Twitter *

This Grammar Guru will solve the world's problems.
Or, at least, help you figure out when to use an Oxford comma.

-- Katherine Rosman * The New York Times *
If Ellen writes like she speaks this will be tremendous. She was a top guest on our show: clever, witty and warm. What she is doing with her grammar table comes from the heart and is all about human interaction and breaking down barriers. She is kind, and one of a kind; it was great radio. Our listeners told us the same thing. -- Jim Mora, Presenter * RNZ Sunday Morning *

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