1. And... we're back. You'll notice that all of your images are back as well, as are our beloved emoticons, including the infamous :foo: We have also worked with our server folks and developers to fix the issues that were slowing down the site.

    There is still work to be done - the images in existing sigs are not yet linked, for example, and we are working on a way to get the images to load faster - which will improve the performance of the site, especially on the pages with a ton of images, and we will continue to work diligently on that and keep you updated.

    Cheers,

    Fok on behalf of the entire Styleforum team
    Dismiss Notice

Good grammar book

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by DNW, Jan 21, 2007.

  1. DNW

    DNW Senior member

    Messages:
    10,526
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2006
    Location:
    Recession, Baby
    I need some recommendations on good English grammar books. I'm in law school now and realize that my formal writing really needs a tune up. So, I'm looking for something along the line of college or professional grammar. The more practical the book is, the better. So far I'm leaning toward The Gregg Reference Manual. Any thought?
     
  2. Bradford

    Bradford Senior member

    Messages:
    6,708
    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2002
    Location:
    Phoenix
    A few that I have are:

    The Elements of Style, Strunk & White... the classic...

    Better Letters and Rewrite Right, both by Jan Venolia... I don't know if these are still in print, but I've had them both for a long time and they still come in handy.

    Also, Guide to Rapid Revision by Pearlman & Pearlman - again, don't know if this one is still in print.

    EDIT - just looked on Amazon and you can find all of these... albeit in much newer, revised versions than the copies I have...
     
  3. freakseam

    freakseam Senior member

    Messages:
    151
    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2003
    It's not specific to Law studies, but The Chicago Manual Of Style is a standard reference.
     
  4. Todd

    Todd Senior member

    Messages:
    112
    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2007
    I second "The Elements of Style" - also look to "Grammar Smart", Princeton Review.

    Both are available in Paperback for not much money...

    I found Grammar Smart to be a little friendlier, including such sections as "words we hate" and a "bad day in grammarland".
     
  5. Tyto

    Tyto Senior member

    Messages:
    386
    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2004
    Location:
    SoCal
    +1 on Grammar Smart and Elements of Style. Chicago is more or less the bible for copy editors, but legal writing conflicts with it frequently--particularly with respect to abbreviations and references--so remember to stick with the Bluebook for non-grammatical conventions.

    I also recommend Writing with Style, by John Trimble (very accessible and slightly more flexible than Strunk & White), J.J. Kilpatrick's The Writer's Art (just beautifully written), and Theodore Bernstein's The Careful Writer.
     
  6. DNW

    DNW Senior member

    Messages:
    10,526
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2006
    Location:
    Recession, Baby
    I have Strunk & White and some other "classic" style manuals. While they're excellent "style" manuals, they don't deal with professional or college level grammar, i.e. concise and accurate sentence and paragraph construction. So, I suppose I'm leaning more toward a grammar manual than a style manual. Thanks for the suggestions so far.
     
  7. DNW

    DNW Senior member

    Messages:
    10,526
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2006
    Location:
    Recession, Baby
    It's not specific to Law studies, but The Chicago Manual Of Style is a standard reference.

    I read on Amazon that the 15th edition has a new chapter on English grammar usage. I think this is probably what I am looking for. As a supplement to this manual though, something more practical would be helpful as well.
     
  8. SieurDeLaSalle

    SieurDeLaSalle Senior member

    Messages:
    135
    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2006
    I read on Amazon that the 15th edition has a new chapter on English grammar usage. I think this is probably what I am looking for. As a supplement to this manual though, something more practical would be helpful as well.

    "Watch "Dick" have some Fun..."
     
  9. freakseam

    freakseam Senior member

    Messages:
    151
    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2003
    A Brief Handbook of English (Hulon Willis & Enno Klammer) may fit the bill.
     
  10. LapelQueen

    LapelQueen Active Member

    Messages:
    33
    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2007
    Location:
    The Old World
    Practical English Usage, Michael Swan, OUP .
    My grammar bible.
     

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by