Grammar Books

There are heaps of awesome grammar books on the market. These are some of the ones that I have read:

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The Book on Writing – The Ultimate Guide to Writing Well

Paula, often hailed as one of America’s foremost writing coaches, is an author, editor, and communications consultant. She has conducted writing workshops for hundreds of media, government, academic, and business groups across the United States, Canada, and Europe.  She has also been a writing consultant for the Associated Press, the Drehscheibe Institute in Bonn, and the European Stars & Stripes in Germany.

This is a book that I will be re-reading for many years to come. Partly because there is so much useful information packed into its ages, and partly because some of it was way beyond my level of understanding. I’m hoping as I mature as an author I will be able to glean the extra hidden gems out of her words.

This book covers more than just grammar as she also goes through writing mechanics and storytelling devices. There is, however, an invaluable chapter on ‘Using the Right Word’, in which she goes through words whose meanings are constantly confused.

I don’t think I am doing this book justice in my description so please, do yourself a favour and buy it. Mine lives to the left of my computer.

 

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 Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Mignon Fogarty is the creator of Grammar Girl and the founder and managing director of Quick and Dirty Tips. A magazine writer, technical writer, and entrepreneur, she has served as a senior editor and producer at a number of health and science web sites. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Washington in Seattle and an M.S. in biology from Stanford University.

This book lives on top of The Book of Writing to the left of my computer. Mignon uses humor, and her two buddies Aardvark and Squiggly, to make remembering and understanding grammar easy.  It is a ‘must read’ for anyone whose grammar is less than superlative.

 

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This book is actually more of a ‘how to teach grammar’ book, and contains ten lessons for teaching grammar in a fun and inviting way. In saying that, I personally got a lot out of this book – which probably says something about the level of my grammar.

I would recommend this book to anyone teaching English as well as anyone who wants to improve their own grasp on punctuation and grammar. His lessons cover: serial commas, colons, capitilisation, apostrophes, simple sentences, verb choice, appositives, paragraphs, compound sentences and dialogue.

 

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