I went to a Chinese local school during lower school and then transferred to an American school. Now, I'm a high school student in California. I can read and write like any other high school student, but the problem is I always use my common sense.

This is becoming a serious problem now, because in AP English, if we have one "common grammatical" error in any of our writing pieces, we cannot get above a C. This also applies to the AP Exam writing prompts, which I am having trouble with.

Is there a book that someone would highly recommend to me? I tried Grammar for Dummies, but it's actually too difficult for me. I don't even know the eight parts of speech for example, because I simply don't have a foundation in grammar. Also, Grammar for Dummies doesn't have solid exercises or answers to check. So, I need a book that starts from the bottom basics, but has solid exercise drills and answers.

Thanks for any help in advance.
How about the AZAR Grammar Series.
The first one is 'Basic English Grammar' by Betty Schrampfer Azar.
It explains grammar and the meaning of those grammatical words bit by bit. It also has lots of good exercises.
It's published by Longman.
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Thanks for your help. Is this the book you are referring to?

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0133683176/ref=pd_bxgy_text_1/102-0332212-5080155?v... =*

From the information given on Amazon, I can't seem to tell if there are answers to the exercises. Do you know if there are answers? Also, I think that this book is geared more towards a classroom book instead of a self-help one. Am I right?

Are there any other "self-help" grammar books that I might consider?
That's the book though that one doesn't have the answer key. You can get one including answers. There is a link to it on the same page. Did you read the reviews?
It is also good as a self help book.
Can you give me the link to the book with the answers? I can't find it....

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It's only the blue book that has the answers. I couldn't find the link for the other one. Sorry!