English Grammar
Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English (Fourth Edition)
Woe Is I
The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English (Fourth Edition)
4th Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0525533052
A revised and updated edition of the iconic grammar guide for the 21st century.

In this expanded and updated edition of Woe Is I, former editor at The New York Times Book Review Patricia T. O'Conner unties the knottiest grammar tangles with the same insight and humor that have charmed and enlightened readers of previous editions for years. With fresh insights into the rights, wrongs, and maybes of English grammar and usage, O'Conner offers in Woe Is I down-to-earth explanations and plain-English solutions to the language mysteries that bedevil all of us.

Books about English grammar and usage are... never content with the status quo, O'Conner writes. That's because English is not a stay-put language. It's always changing--expanding here, shrinking there, trying on new things, casting off old ones... Time doesn't stand still and neither does language.

In this fourth edition, O'Conner explains how the usage of an array of words has evolved. For example, the once-shunned they, them, and their for an unknown somebody is now acceptable. And the battle between who and whom has just about been won, O'Conner says (hint: It wasn't by whom). Then there's the use of taller than me in simple comparisons, instead of the ramrod-stiff taller than I. May and might, use to and used to, abbreviations that use periods and those that don't, and the evolving definition of unique are all explained here by O'Conner. The result is an engaging, up-to-date and jargon-free guide to every reader's questions about grammar, style, and usage for the 21st century.
Manual Completo de los Verbos en Ingles
Manual Completo de los Verbos en Ingles
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0071444963

The quickest, easiest way for Spanish speakers to master English verbs

Ideal for business, travel, or living in an English-speaking world, Manual completo de los verbos en ingles presents the English verb system in a single, compact volume for beginning- to intermediate-level language learners. Written in Spanish for native Spanish speakers, it provides numerous examples illustrating verbs in action, and notes containing important insights into the meanings and usages of different forms. This updated and expanded second edition includes practical exercises and an answer key, making it an ideal learning tool for ESL students.

The perfect way for Spanish speakers to master English verbs, Manual completo de los verbos en ingles:

  • Focuses on the most commonly used verbs in English
  • Covers regular and irregular verbs, grouped according to their patterns
  • Presents auxiliary verbs with complete examples of all their tenses
  • Demonstrates how verbs are integrated into complete sentences
  • Clearly explains the meaning and usage of different verb forms
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
Paperback      ISBN: 1592402038
The spirited and scholarly #1 New York Times bestseller combines boisterous history with grammar how-to's to show how important punctuation is in our world--period.

In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, former editor Lynne Truss, gravely concerned about our current grammatical state, boldly defends proper punctuation. She proclaims, in her delightfully urbane, witty, and very English way, that it is time to look at our commas and semicolons and see them as the wonderful and necessary things they are. Using examples from literature, history, neighborhood signage, and her own imagination, Truss shows how meaning is shaped by commas and apostrophes, and the hilarious consequences of punctuation gone awry.

Featuring a foreword by Frank McCourt, and interspersed with a lively history of punctuation from the invention of the question mark in the time of Charlemagne to George Orwell shunning the semicolon, Eats, Shoots & Leaves makes a powerful case for the preservation of proper punctuation.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
Hardcover      ISBN: 1592400876

We all know the basics of punctuation. Or do we? A look at most neighborhood signage tells a different story. Through sloppy usage and low standards on the internet, in email, and now text messages, we have made proper punctuation an endangered species. In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, former editor Lynne Truss dares to say, in her delightfully urbane, witty, and very English way, that it is time to look at our commas and semicolons and see them as the wonderful and necessary things they are. This is a book for people who love punctuation and get upset when it is mishandled. From the invention of the question mark in the time of Charlemagne to George Orwell shunning the semicolon, this lively history makes a powerful case for the preservation of a system of printing conventions that is much too subtle to be mucked about with.

The Elements of Style
The Elements of Style
Paperback      ISBN: 0143112724
So friendly, so classic, so delightful . . . Kalman has taken 'the little book' and made it even more elegant and uplifting. --Los Angeles Times

The only style manual to ever appear on a bestseller list now refreshed by one of our most beloved illustrators

Every English writer knows Strunk and White's The Elements of Style. The book's mantra, make every word tell, is still on point. This much-loved classic, now in its fourth edition, will forever be the go-to guide when in need of a hint to make a turn of phrase clearer or a reminder on how to enliven prose with the active voice. The only style manual to ever appear on bestseller lists has explained to millions of readers the basic principals of plain English, and Maira Kalman's fifty-seven exquisite illustrations give the revered work a jolt of new energy, making the learning experience more colorful and clear.
How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One
How to Write a Sentence
And How to Read One
Paperback      ISBN: 006184053x

New York Times Bestseller

"Both deeper and more democratic than The Elements of Style" - Adam Haslett, Financial Times

"A guided tour through some of the most beautiful, arresting sentences in the English language." - Slate

"Like a long periodic sentence, this book rumbles along, gathers steam, shifts gears, and packs a wallop."
--Roy Blount Jr.

In this entertaining and erudite New York Times bestseller, beloved professor Stanley Fish offers both sentence craft and sentence pleasure. Drawing on a wide range of great writers, from Philip Roth to Antonin Scalia to Jane Austen, How to Write a Sentence is much more than a writing manual--it is a spirited love letter to the written word, and a key to understanding how great writing works.


The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: A Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed
The Deluxe Transitive Vampire
A Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed
Hardcover      ISBN: 0679418601

Playful and practical, this is the style book you can't wait to use, a guide that addresses classic questions of English usage with wit and the blackest of humor. Black-and-white illustrations throughout.

The Elephants of Style: A Trunkload of Tips on the Big Issues and Gray Areas of Contemporary American English
The Elephants of Style
A Trunkload of Tips on the Big Issues and Gray Areas of Contemporary American English
Paperback      ISBN: 0071422684

Advice on good writing from everybody's favorite editorial curmudgeon

Persnickety, cantankerous, opinionated, entertaining, hilarious, wise...these are a few of the adjectives reviewers used to describe good-writing maven Bill Walsh's previous book, Lapsing Into a Comma. Now, picking up where he left off in Lapsing, Walsh addresses the dozen or so biggest issues that every writer or editor must master. He also offers a trunkload of good advice on the many little things that add up to good writing. Featuring all the elements that made Lapsing such a fun read, including Walsh's trademark acerbic wit and fascinating digressions on language and its discontents, The Elephants of Style provides:

  • Tips on how to tame the elephants of style--the most important, frequently confused elements of good writing
  • More of Walsh's popular Curmudgeon's Stylebook--includes entries such as Snarky Specificity, Metaphors, Near and Far, Actually is the New Like, and other uses and misuses of language
  • Expert advice for writers and editors on how to work together for best results
How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One
How to Write a Sentence
And How to Read One
Hardcover      ISBN: 0061840548

New York Times Bestseller

"Both deeper and more democratic than The Elements of Style" - Adam Haslett, Financial Times

"A guided tour through some of the most beautiful, arresting sentences in the English language." - Slate

"Like a long periodic sentence, this book rumbles along, gathers steam, shifts gears, and packs a wallop."
--Roy Blount Jr.

In this entertaining and erudite New York Times bestseller, beloved professor Stanley Fish offers both sentence craft and sentence pleasure. Drawing on a wide range of great writers, from Philip Roth to Antonin Scalia to Jane Austen, How to Write a Sentence is much more than a writing manual--it is a spirited love letter to the written word, and a key to understanding how great writing works.

The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English
The Glamour of Grammar
A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English
Paperback      ISBN: 0316027901

Early in the history of English, the words grammar and glamour meant the same thing: the power to charm. Roy Peter Clark, author of Writing Tools, aims to put the glamour back in grammar with this fun, engaging alternative to stuffy instructionals. In this practical guide, readers will learn everything from the different parts of speech to why effective writers prefer concrete nouns and active verbs.

The Glamour of Grammar gives readers all the tools they need tolive inside the language -- to take advantage of grammar to perfect their use of English, to instill meaning, and to charm through their writing. With this indispensable book, readers will come to see just how glamorous grammar can be.