I'm looking for a specific English grammar book

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  1. Indiepath

    Indiepath New Member

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    This may be far fetched... but two months ago I checked an interesting grammar book (yes, even those can be interesting)

    The facts:
    - It was either on amazon.com or amazon.co.uk
    - It's about grammar
    - I don't know the author
    - I don't know the book name
    - The book's name was mentioned in other book which was about "what on earth they put in our food"
    - I could look inside the book (in amazon.com)
    - Inside the book was information about when to use "which" and when "that"

    I presume the book was written by a woman teacher.

    I checked these books, but these were not the book was looking for...
    - A Grammar Book for You and I (Oops, Me): All the Grammar You Need to Succeed in Life
    - English Grammar for Dummies (it wasn't these book either... altough I remember seeing this one recommended when checking the other book)

    I know the odds for you guys knowing this book is like winning in lottery but hey, that happens too. ;)

    Oh... and if you don't know this book then I would be happy to get recommendations.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Indiepath

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    Hmm... is this true... don't they let us use "search inside" function any more in amazon?

    Oh... found one book:
    "Grammatically Correct: The Writer's Essential Guide to Punctuation, Spelling, Style, Usage and Grammar"

    Not sure if this was it... I'd like to see inside :(
     
  3. robleong

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    Your grammar is fine!

    My offer remains open. ;)
     
  4. DavidRM

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    "The Elements of Style", by Strunk and White

    One of the best books on English grammar and usage ever printed.

    -David
     
  5. Indiepath

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    I checked The Elements of Style and thought whether this could be a good option. It's possible that I get it... but I'd really like to find that other book I'm looking for.

    @robleong: I remember. :)
     
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    Only mildly related to that, I once read a great book called "The Mother Toungue" which talked about the origin of languages and how it was possible that all languages evolved from the same original one. It had alot of history about languages that I never knew, or even thought about.

    Debatable subject but very well written and educational too. :)
     
  8. Indiepath

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    @Kai: Yep, that isn't the one I'm looking for but thanks for the info. Based on reviews on amazon.com I think I skip that one ;)
     
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    I read this recently and it was great. Not hugely in-depth but an interesting read with useful info and historical notes. A little too humorous if you want serious research but a great read if you want a a laugh while learning something about grammar.
     
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    I picked this one up after Stephen King recommended it so highly in his book, "On Writing." It's widely regarded as THE book on practical writing. And it's TINY. Mainly because the authors practiced what they preached. IIRC, it's actually E.B. White's book based on Strunk's syllabus and lecture notes, but I may have that wrong.
     
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    Thanks guys. Gotta thinks this bit more.

    Oh... and I'm still looking for the book I mentioned in my first message ;)
     
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  13. Indiepath

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    Nope, sorry (damn you, you got me excited when I saw that "was it this book" and I thought "somebody found it")... the Food book was also one of those "Look inside". If someone finds it that would be superb (because it was interesting book plus that book mentioned the grammar book)

    Thanks anyway
     
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    Yes... checked it (by covers for 50 books or so). Bestseller link is useful, I try to check it and see if I find the book. Thanks.

    If I don't find the book I just pick one of those you recommended. Thanks for your help.
     
  16. Indiepath

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    Found it! :)

    Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English
     

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