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Subject:Re: grammar book From:"John A. Newman" <johnn -at- OTG -dot- COM> Date:Tue, 23 Dec 1997 09:02:00 -0500
My personal grammar bible is the _Harbrace College Handbook, 8th edition_
by John C. Hodges and Mary E. Whitten published by Harcourt Brace
Jovanovich, Inc. I picked it up in college many, many years ago and it
has been a constant companion. It gives clear succinct rules with many
examples. As a former high school English teacher I came across quite a
few other grammar handbooks and none could match this one. Amazon.com
carries the _Harbrace College Handbook (12th Ed Rev)_ by John C. Hodges
and Suzanne Webb, the _Harbrace College Handbook, 13th ed._ by Suzanne
Webb and _Harbrace College Handbook (13th Ed)_ by John Cunyus Hodges
(Editor) and Winifred B. Horner. Don't ask me which one is the true
successor, 'cause I don't know! Take your pick!
Then there is always Strunk and White's _The Elements of Style_, a
classic. Many times Strunk and White's is bundled together with _The
Elements of Grammar_ by Margaret Shertzer and _The Elements of Editing_
by Arthur Plotnik.
I would recommend all four as excellent references. But if you just get
one, I would recommend the _Harbrace College Handbook_ (sacrilege, I
know, to the Strunk and White crowd, but _Handbook_ covers more ground
and has more examples).
johnn -at- otgsoftware -dot- com
From: sorcha [SMTP:sorcha -at- BBS -dot- MACNEXUS -dot- ORG]
Sent: Tuesday, December 23, 1997 5:22 AM
Subject: grammar book
A friend at work recently asked if I could recommend a good basic English
grammar book for work. Her request reminded me that I should add this
to purely defensive weapon my arsenal, too.