Welcome to one of my new features for 2017! I will be highlighting 10 great books for writers. Each one will be different. And I highly recommend them all.
The Grammar Bible by Michael Strumpf is the best grammar book I have found, and I have read many. The Grammar Bible is simple and easy to understand with great examples. It will especially help you with the ever-complex comma. If you hate text books, no need to worry because The Grammar Bible doesn’t resemble one, but you will find more grammar advice and examples than in any other grammar book. That’s why this is called the “Bible.” On the cover, it says: “Everything you always wanted to know but didn’t know whom to ask.” And that’s an accurate statement.
Each chapter is divided into sections to help you learn. Part One consists of parts of speech: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections.
Part Two is all about dissecting sentences. Part Three is for spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation. The punctuation covers periods, commas, colons, semicolons, apostrophes, question marks, exclamation points, parentheses, brackets, hyphens, dashes, and quotation marks.
Michael Stumpf also answers questions that he’s received from “anxious writers, conscientious students, and perplexed editors.” No question is stupid or silly. He answers them all with respect.
Some things you can find/learn:
- Place a comma between adjectives that describe the same now. Ex: a damp, gray day.
- Use a comma for two simple sentences that are joined. Meaning they have a noun and a verb. Ex: Sam loves to cook, but he loves to eat more.
You’ll also learn the differences between words such as bare/bear, sight/site, anyway/any way, affect/effect, all ready/already, awhile/ a while, born/borne, continual/continuous, whoever/whomever.
If you need grammar help, look for this book.
QUESTION: What grammar book(s) do you like?