Grammar References

I haven’t heard back from Michelle at 3 Seas Literary Agency, but decided to go ahead and update my blog anyway.

In a writing group I’ve joined, we’ve been sharing our favorite grammar references. I thought you all might like to know what they are. So here goes:

Books:
Elements of Style by Strunk and White
Painless Grammar by Rebecca Elliot, Ph.D (This is what I use. Great examples.)
Prentiss Hall Reference Guide
The Writer’s Guide and Index to English by Porter Perrin

Internet:
www.bartleby.com/141/strunk.html
grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar
owl.english.purdue.edu (The Purdue University online writing lab.)

Please note, if the above links don’t work, copy them into your search box and you will find the sites.

Happy writing!

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12 Comments

  • Terri
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 11:17 PM | Permalink

    My favorite:

    http://twitter.com/FakeAPStylebook


  • Wendy Marcus
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 11:24 PM | Permalink

    Ha, ha, ha! How do you find this stuff?


  • Terri
    Posted March 11, 2010 at 12:10 AM | Permalink

    It finds me.

    (Twitter.)


  • John M. Baron
    Posted March 11, 2010 at 1:19 AM | Permalink

    The Elements of Style is far and above my favorite reference on grammar. It's so simple and neat.

    I also have The Deluxe Transitive Vampire (The Ultimate Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed). I find it to be almost more entertaining than useful, which in this case is not so much of a good thing.


  • Wendy Marcus
    Posted March 11, 2010 at 2:16 AM | Permalink

    Thanks John! I checked the book out on Amazon. Very cool! I will share it with my writing group.


  • Terri
    Posted March 11, 2010 at 2:35 AM | Permalink

    The Deluxe Transitive Vampire (The Ultimate Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed).


    I want that! I just looked it up and Karen Elizabeth Gordon's other titles — Torn Wings and Faux Pas and The Disheveled Dictionary)– also sound interesting.

    As for Elements of Style…I can't recommend the magnificent "Essays of E.B. White" highly enough. I suppose he's best known for Charlotte and Stuart, but the essays put his superb craftsmanship,love of language and wonderful thoughts on display.
    Wonder if he'd be blogging or tweeting today?


  • Terri
    Posted March 11, 2010 at 2:43 AM | Permalink

    Forgot to mention:

    "Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation" by Lynn Truss


  • Wendy Marcus
    Posted March 11, 2010 at 3:09 PM | Permalink

    Thanks Terri!
    Funny you should mention Eats, Shoots, & Leaves…. Someone in my group just recommended it this morning.

    Also, I have another grammar link if anyone is interested: http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/serial-comma.aspx


  • Liz
    Posted March 11, 2010 at 10:03 PM | Permalink

    I'm Grammar challenged. Books are no help. Nothing is retained You can tell, show me, doesn't matter. If it doesn't look right
    make sense to me then it stays.

    I blame this on my english teachers who let me get away with it – though I think they did not want to squash the creativity –

    and even when they would cover it on the blackboard every year I would shut down – hate – hate – grammar


  • Wendy Marcus
    Posted March 11, 2010 at 10:10 PM | Permalink

    Hi Liz!
    I've come a long way with grammar since I've started writing, but I still have a ways to go. There's a lot of conflicting info. out there re: commas, my biggest problem. My CP Nancy is great with grammar. Lucky me!


  • Regina Richards
    Posted March 11, 2010 at 11:39 PM | Permalink

    Wow, lots of great reference books. Thanks, Wendy.

    I'm a comma offender. But I'm trying to change.


  • Wendy Marcus
    Posted March 12, 2010 at 12:00 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for stopping by, Regina! Pick one of the reference books to help you stop offending commas in their tracks!


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