Their confidence is bolstered, and as my experience has shown, many of them go on to learn more about the language and culture once they have mastered the basics. In short, this approach generates enthusiasm and a desire to learn, rather than stifling it. Johnson, Florida State University.
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This might be the most thorough usage book in terms of citation of evidence, reaching back, as it does, into a word or phrase's historical context. There are over 23, illustrative quotations!
This book does not offer very good explanations of grammatical terminology. As someone who has been away from English grammar for quite a while and now. It has been eight years since An Introduction to the Grammar of English was first published. The second edition is completely revised and greatly expanded.
This book is also, often, quite fun to read, as the editor's tone is sometimes sprightly, invariably mordant, sometimes even caustic, especially when dealing with newspaper and academic writers. Longman Group: Essex, England. This text is for the serious student of English grammar.
The index is very good and the text thorough. The editors do a good job of distinguishing between what is formally and informally acceptable.
Longman Group: London. There may be grammatical issues that the editors haven't touched upon, but I haven't found them yet. The index is very helpful! This text is out of print, but you might be able to find it in the reference section of a used bookshop. Not for the faint of heart or bleary of eye. Houghton Mifflin Co. Cleverly divided into sections devoted to grammar, word choice, pronunciation, social labels, gender issues, scientific terms, and electronic communication. This division of labor takes a while to get used to. Usage notes are based on consultation with the same usage panel consulted for the famous American Heritage Dictionary.
The Free Press: New York. Gramercy Books: New York, These two books are similar in intent and design topics arranged alphabetically to Burchfield's New Fowler's , but neither one is nearly as scholarly or grand in scope as the Oxford book.
Guaranteed 3 day delivery. Free In-store Pickup. Longman Group: Essex, England. I didn't know where you were. Her sister bought it. For spelling rules see page A light was flashing.
On the other hand, its liberal analysis and advice based primarily on Bernstein's experience as New York Times editor makes for lively reading. If you have to choose between them, go with The Careful Writer. Allan M. Siegal and William G. Occasionally aimed at a New York writer's audience, but useful, too, for a much wider population. This manual doesn't spend a lot of time explaining or citing authorities or examples; it just tells how words and phrases ought to be used, and for that reason there's a lot of information packed within its pages.
Watch for it in online used bookstores.
Pay careful attention to the "lexicon" in the first few pages of this book, so you can get a sense of how things are arranged before delving into it. The little essays on usage sprinkled liberally throughout the text are eminently sensible and readable. Entries are carefully cross-referenced and lead the reader from one happy discovery to another.
Lapsing into a Comma by Bill Walsh. Contemporary Books: New York, Curmudgeonly and friendly at the same time. Particularly helpful for writers employed by newspapers, as Walsh is the copy editor for the business section of the Washington Post. The book is about half style book, arranged as a dictionary, and half brief essays addressed to style and usage questions.
Many interesting sidebars presented. Dozens of fascinating "side-bars" explain peculiarities of English usage and are a pleasant diversion.
The information on publication is probably good enough for the amateur, but the professional writer probably needs the CMOS. Not the best index in the world. Penguin Reference: New York.
Alphabetized entries. Lively examples, but the editors seem to want you to mull over examples of bad writing before they tell you what's wrong with it. The book is typographically a mess compared, say, to Garner's. Broadway Books: New York. This book concentrates primarily on confusable words and goes to extremes to find them: androgenous versus androgynous , expectorate versus spit.
But there are usage and style entries of greater moment, too. A lively and readable text. Oxford University Press: New York. Note that this is not a book on usage, although discovering the source of a word or phrase often gives important clues to how that bit of language should be used. This dictionary cites the first usage of thousands of "core words" in addition to words that that are just plain interesting. Wilson does a thorough and scholarly job of distinguishing among the levels of American usage in both written formal [or edited], semiformal, and informal and spoken language oratorical, planned, impromptu, casual, and intimate.
You have to get used to what these distinctions mean by using the book for a while before it becomes that useful to you.
Chicago Manual of Style 14th ed. U of Chicago P: Chicago. This is worth owning for the chapters on hyphens, abbreviations, and word-division alone. Tables upon tables of information. Nicely and thoroughly indexed, but not the kind of thing you want to pick up and read on a summer afternoon. The guidelines for publication for articles and books go into every conceivable detail. Understanding English Grammar by Martha Kolln.
As grammar books go, Kolln's book is heavy on description, light on prescription. She uses diagramming, which many readers, especially visual learners and older folks who built sentence diagrams back in the good old days, will find refreshing. Allyn and Bacon: Boston.
This is an excellent book.
It makes interesting connections between the choices we make in sentence structures with an especially useful chapter on long and short sentences and the EFFECT of those structures on our prose. It even describes nicely the effect of various punctuation choices we make.
This book does not use the diagramming of Kolln's earlier text see above. There are innumerable exercises for practice, with answers in the back.