We all know the basics of punctuation. Or do we? A look at most neighborhood signage tells a different story. Through sloppy usage and low standards on the internet, in email, and now text messages, we have made proper punctuation an endangered species. In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, former editor Lynne Truss dares to say, in her delightfully urbane, witty, and very English way, that it is time to look at our commas and semicolons and see them as the wonderful and necessary things they are. This is a book for people who love punctuation and get upset when it is mishandled. From the invention of the question mark in the time of Charlemagne to George Orwell shunning the semicolon, this lively history makes a powerful case for the preservation of a system of printing conventions that is much too subtle to be mucked about with.
Published by: Avery | Publication date: 04/12/2004Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 235 pages
Get the last word on English grammar Grasping the intricacies of the English language doesn't need to be tricky, and this down-to-earth guide breaks everything down in ways that make sense—Revealing rules, tips, and tricks to eliminate confusion and gain clarity, English Grammar For Dummies gives you everything you need to communicate with confidence! Good grammar lays the foundation for speaking and writing clearly. This easy-to-follow book will help you become a more articulate, effective communicator. Covering everything from the building blocks of a sentence to those pesky rules of punctuation, it offers the practical guidance you need to communicate in a way that would make any English teacher proud.
- Improve your speaking skills
- Clearly compose written communications
- Get the latest techniques for continuous improvement
- Write a winning college entrance exam or compelling business presentation
Published by: For Dummies | Publication date: 04/12/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 372 pages
“Like a long periodic sentence, this book rumbles along, gathers steam, shifts gears, and packs a wallop.” —Roy Blount Jr. “Language lovers will flock to this homage to great writing.”—Booklist Outspoken New York Times columnist Stanley Fish offers an entertaining, erudite analysis of language and rhetoric in this delightful celebration of the written word. Drawing on a wide range of great writers, from Philip Roth to Antonin Scalia to Jane Austen and beyond, Fish’s How to Write a Sentence is much more than a writing manual—it is a penetrating exploration into the art and craft of sentences.
Published by: HarperCollins e-books | Publication date: 01/25/2011Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 181 pages
With more than a thousand new entries and more than 2,300 word-frequency ratios, the magisterial fourth edition of this book-now renamed Garner's Modern English Usage (GMEU)-reflects usage lexicography at its finest. Garner explains the nuances of grammar and vocabulary with thoroughness, finesse, and wit. He discourages whatever is slovenly, pretentious, or pedantic.GMEU is the liveliest and most compulsively readable reference work for writers of our time. It delights while providing instruction on skillful, persuasive, and vivid writing. Garner liberates English from two extremes: both from the hidebound "purists" who mistakenly believe that split infinitives and sentence-ending prepositions are malfeasances and from the linguistic relativists who believe that whatever people say or write must necessarily be accepted.The judgments here are backed up not just by a lifetime of study but also by an empirical grounding in the largest linguistic corpus ever available. In this fourth edition, Garner has made extensive use of corpus linguistics to include ratios of standard terms as compared against variants in modern print sources. No other resource provides as comprehensive, reliable, and empirical a guide to current English usage.For all concerned with writing and editing, GMEU will prove invaluable as a desk reference. Garner illustrates with actual examples, cited with chapter and verse, all the linguistic blunders that modern writers and speakers are prone to, whether in word choice, syntax, phrasing, punctuation, or pronunciation. No matter how knowledgeable you may already be, you're sure to learn from every single page of this book.
Published by: Oxford University Press | Publication date: 03/11/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 1121 pages
"Hilarious…This book charmed my socks off." —Patricia O’Conner, New York Times Book ReviewMary Norris has spent more than three decades working in The New Yorker’s renowned copy department, helping to maintain its celebrated high standards. In Between You & Me, she brings her vast experience with grammar and usage, her good cheer and irreverence, and her finely sharpened pencils to help the rest of us in a boisterous language book as full of life as it is of practical advice.Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Amazon, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Library Journal.
Published by: W. W. Norton & Company | Publication date: 04/06/2015Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 241 pages
The Easiest-to-Use, Most Up-to-Date Grammar Workbook for Improving Your Daily Communication The English language is expansive and complex. The rules are always changing, and grammar advice from a century or even a few years ago may not apply today. If you want to communicate with clarity and credibility—if you want people to focus on what you’re saying, rather than how you’re saying it—then you need to use excellent grammar. Editor, linguistic expert, and self-proclaimed “grammar cheerleader” Lisa McLendon has spent her career finding ways to use language effectively and correctly. Lisa knows that the primary reason people are uneasy about writing and public speaking is because they aren’t confident in their grammar skills. With The Perfect English Grammar Workbook Lisa has developed a simple, well-organized grammar workbook that demystifies English grammar so you can use it with confidence and accuracy. In The Perfect English Grammar Workbook you’ll find:
- EASY-TO-FOLLOW LESSONS organized by how we naturally learn—simple instructions followed by self-directed quizzes
- RELEVANT, ENGAGING EXAMPLES that demonstrate grammar rules with wit, humor, and contemporary appeal
- RECENT, UP-TO-DATE RULES based on the English language we use today
- A WIDE VARIETY OF EXERCISES that make learning fun
- HELPFUL FEATURES FOR CLASSROOM USE including standalone answer keys for easy photocopying and color-coded pages for quick navigation
Published by: Zephyros Press | Publication date: 01/10/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 214 pages
Complete English Spelling and Pronunciation Rules: Simple Ways to Spell and Speak Correctly (The Farlex Grammar Book Book 3)
Did you know that more than half of the letters in the alphabet can be silent? With all the oddities of the English language, it's no surprise that the top two Google searches for "How do you..." are "How do you spell..." and "How do you say...."Are you one of the millions endlessly looking up correct spelling and pronunciation? End your confusion forever with Complete English Spelling and Pronunciation Rules, from the language experts at Farlex International, publishers of Complete English Grammar Rules and creators of TheFreeDictionary.com, the trusted reference destination with 1 billion+ annual visits.Forget about memorizing the hundreds of thousands of words in the English language--get the only spelling and pronunciation guide that gives you all the tools you need to tackle even the hardest words to spell and say.Go beyond "I before E except after C" and get all the rules and exceptions, all in one place, all explained in plain English. Plus:
- Correct and incorrect examples displayed side-by-side.
- Quizzes after every lesson.
- Simple tips and tricks to avoid the most commonly misspelled words and pronunciation mistakes.
Published by: Farlex International | Publication date: 10/07/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 475 pages
Advanced Spanish Step-by-Step: Master Accelerated Grammar to Take Your Spanish to the Next Level (Easy Step-by-Step Series)
A proven grammar-based approach that gives you a real mastery of the Spanish language Use Advanced Spanish Step by Step's progressive, grammar-based approach to conquer intermediate and advanced Spanish-language topics. This step-by-step approach gives you real confidence and the tools you need to achieve a high Spanish proficiency.You'll get a quick review of the key grammar basics, then move on to more advanced topics that you need for true mastery of the language. With complete coverage of verb tenses beyond the present and past, irregular verbs, sentence structure, parts of speech, and more, this book gives a thorough overview of advanced grammar topics. It also introduces you to hundreds of new vocabulary words that are reinforced with readings that put the new terms in everyday context.
Published by: McGraw-Hill Education | Publication date: 01/06/2012Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 304 pages
It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences: A Writer's Guide to Crafting Killer Sentences
Great writing isn’t born, it’s built—sentence by sentence. But too many writers—and writing guides—overlook this most important unit. The result? Manuscripts that will never be published and writing careers that will never begin. In this wickedly humorous manual, language columnist June Casagrande uses grammar and syntax to show exactly what makes some sentences great—and other sentences suck. With chapters on “Conjunctions That Kill” and “Words Gone Wild,” this lighthearted guide is perfect for anyone who’s dead serious about writing, from aspiring novelists to nonfiction writers, conscientious students to cheeky literati. So roll up your sleeves and prepare to craft one bold, effective sentence after another. Your readers will thank you.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published by: Ten Speed Press | Publication date: 07/14/2010Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 226 pages
"The first grammar book that helped me actually remember all the important rules." --CDR, 5-star review"This is a must-have quick guide for your desk or e-reader." -- LoveBooks123, 5-star reviewThe Elements of Style: America’s bestselling grammar book, now simplified and illustrated!The Elements of Style is widely considered America’s most beloved grammar book. Now, in this stylish 100th anniversary edition of The Elements of Style, readers of today will find a fresh, succinct new grammar book--full of everything you need to know about writing and nothing you don’t. This new edition of The Elements of Style has been carefully modernized for the way we write and learn today. Outdated rules have been updated; important advice has been highlighted; and a clean and visually interesting design has breathed new life into this classic grammar book. And with over 100 memory cues and vintage illustrations, visual learners and the forgetful alike will never again fail to remember an important grammar or punctuation rule.The Elements of Style is perfect for:Students: Unlike stuffy, confusing textbooks, The Elements of Style is a modern grammar book that teaches you exactly what to do, so you can get better grades on assignments.Professionals:The Elements of Style is easy-to-reference, so you’ll only need this one grammar book to write powerful and persuasive emails that will impress both bosses and clients. Writers: This 100th anniversary edition makes the perfect gift for anyone with a fraying copy of The Elements of Style who wants a stunning illustrated edition of this classic grammar book.Designed so that it can be read cover-to-cover in 1 hour, this striking and simplified new edition of The Elements of Style is the one-stop grammar book you need to improve your writing.Ten percent of proceeds of The Elements of Style will be donated to the Free Minds Book Club, which provides books and creative writing workshops to incarcerated adults.
Published by: Campbell & Co. Literary | Publication date: 02/04/2018Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 226 pages