Spell It Out
The Curious, Enthralling, and Extraordinary Story of English Spelling
Why is English spelling so difficult? Tracing the problem’s growth from its roots in the sixth century, Professor Crystal identifies the reasons for spelling inconsistencies and shows how understanding the language’s history can help us to make sense of its complex rules.
The Accidental Apostrophe
...and Other Misadventures in Punctuation
When it comes to punctuation, many experts leave it to the writer’s judgement – but what use is that if you’ve never been taught the difference between a colon and a semicolon, or where those pesky apostrophes go? This accessible, light-hearted guide clarifies the rules, shows how punctuation can help you get your meaning across clearly, and explains what you can get away with and what simply won’t do.
I Used to Know That: English
Stuff You Forgot From School
If you were taught grammar the 'old fashioned way' and have forgotten everything except the boredom, or went to a school where it was deemed unnecessary, this book provides a simple guide to the grammar, spelling and correct usage of British Standard English.
For Who the Bell Tolls
The Essential and Entertaining Guide to Grammar
When can the ‘Oxford comma’ cause ambiguity? What is an ‘apostrofly’? Are gerunds as scary as they sound? And can Captain Beefheart teach us about conjunctions? In this quirky look at the English language, the author of the Guardian’s style guide draws on his long experience of newspaper production to give clear and amusing advice on the most common confusions, misconceptions and prejudices about English grammar and usage.
My Grammar and I Activity Book
(Or Should That be 'Me'?)
From identifying parts of speech to spotting the grammatical error in whole sentences (including ‘I think therefore I am’), Daniel Smith presents 103 ‘grammatical games’ to keep you in touch with the formal rules of the English language. Covering such thorny topics as compound nouns, reciprocal pronouns, the subjunctive, tautology and the dreaded apostrophe, the quizzes range from simple to very taxing, with answers at the end of the book.
The 25 Rules of Grammar
The Essential Guide to Good English
Grammar does matter, and Joseph Piercy argues cogently that understanding and using grammatical rules is not pedantic, but essential if we want to make ourselves understood. Presented with a very light touch, a scattering of anecdotes, and quotes from literature, his 25 rules and essential tools are lucidly explained with examples and summaries. The book ends with a quiz, a glossary and a selection of 'A Grammarian Walks into a Bar' jokes.