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8:19 am on Oct 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Which are the best grammar books for British English and American English individually?
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11:20 pm on Oct 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Personally one of the best writing books I have ever found is called "The Elements of Style" by Strunk and White. This is a classic on basic grammar and writing skills. It is short, direct, and packed with great info. I was introduced to this book in college and have kept it all these years and even replaced it when my college copy wore out.
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I just bought "The Chicago Manual of Style" about a
week ago and have been thoroughly impressed with it.
I had 3 question and it was simple enough to find
the answers. Well organized with good examples. On
the negative side, it is a bit pricey, about $50
1:47 pm on Nov 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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*** "The Elements of Style" by Strunk and White

*** The Chicago Manual of Style

I think those two pretty much nail it for a US audience.

There are several other less well known ".... Manual of Style" titles for other audiences.

I forget the name of the one that Oxford? or Cambridge? Press did a while ago.

8:17 pm on Nov 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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The Oxford Dictionaries online offering - Ask Oxford [askoxford.com] - can be a useful resource for those seeking clarity in issues relating to grammar.

Not only that, but like all good reference materials, it's a jolly good read in its own right.


6:50 am on Dec 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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The Chicago Manual online.
Garner's Modern American Usage.
Roget's Thesaurus.
OneLook Dictionary.
Microsoft Manual of Style.
Writing Good Sentences by Claude W. Faulkner.