Recommendation for a good book on English Grammar.

I am looking for a good English grammar book. I was born in the U.S.A. and am not looking for a grammar book for ESL. On the other hand, if you want to recommend an English grammar book for ESL, that is cool too. In high school, we were all required to carry Warriner’s English Grammar and Composition, but that was decades ago. Is that book still a reputable reference?

Suggestion for a good book on copy-editing (Ce) would also be welcomed here.

  • Forgive any grammatical errors in the above :slight_smile:

Try Eats, Shoots and Leaves for punctuation and the Penguin Dictionary of English Grammar.

The Associated Press Stylebook. The bible for journalists and their editors.

The Chicago Manual of Style

Elements of Style, by Strunk & White

One and done.

All of those are excellent, and I can’t argue with any of them. Using them will allow you to seem as though you are the well-educated, articulate person you are. However, I must warn you that none of them are holy books or statutory law. If you go around correcting other people’s grammar and usage, most of those people won’t be grateful for your help. Some of them will even compare you to a terminal digestive port.

If you are a teacher, and you do your correcting in a classroom situation, that’s allowed. That won’t make them any more grateful, though.

This one here.

And that’s all she wrote

One more for Elements of Style. Arrendajo actually gave me that book as one of my birthday presents last year.

Hey, I finally ‘won’ a thread!

Did you know that being the winner of this particular thread comes with the great responsibility of never again making a grammar mistake?

Good luck! :stuck_out_tongue:

Thanks Guys!

I’m a purty good Englisher, but I’ll give it my best.

It’s worth pointing out that the little book (as it’s called) is considered by some to be outdated in certain respects.

Those people are troglodytes and may be safely ignored.

dropzone, the AP Stylebook over The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage? Do tell.

What “little book” are you referring to, Johnny Bravo?

Sorry, missed the question.

The Elements of Style was nicknamed “the little book” because of its size and brevity. Emphasis on little. It was published privately by William Strunk and later revised and expanded upon by E.B. White.

As with literally every essay White wrote, the introduction to The Elements of Style is worth a read.*

*.pdf warning

For academic papers, especially for the minutiae of citing printed and electronic sources, I recommend The Bedford Handbook by Diana Hacker.

Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style by Virginia Tufte