The Grammar Bible Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Grammar but Didn't Know Whom to Ask

Michael Strumpf and Auriel Douglas

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512 Pages



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For more than a quarter of a century, as the creator and proprietor of the Nation Grammar Hotline, Michael Strumpf helped thousands of callers from every corner of the globe tackle the thorniest issues of English grammar. In The Grammar Bible, he answers the most common, most insightful, and funniest questions asked of him over the years by students, editors, lawyers, doctors, and writers of all stripes.

Professor Stumpf's unique question-and-answer sections follow concise but thorough explanations of the various elements of good grammar, from parts of speech to types of sentences. Taken together, this book's fifteen sections comprise the ideal primer on speech and writing, showing readers and students of all levels and backgrounds how to express themselves more exactly—and more impressively.

Whether one seeks a comprehensive review of the subjective mood or simply wants to know which form of a verb to use, The Grammar Bible is a practical handbook that will enlighten, educate, and entertain.


Praise for The Grammar Bible

"A readable grammar book that is hard to put down . . . [The authors] move logically from the parts of speech to the parts of the sentence and then to spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation, even encompassing thorny issues (e.g., sexist language, split infinitives) and complex grammatical terms (e.g., objective complements, gerund phrases). The authors also include a useful list of collocations and intersperse informative and often amusing 'Hot Line' queries throughout . . . This book is thorough, combining practical information not easily found in trade books, and is lively without trying to be too witty, cute, or humorous."—Library Journal

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  • Michael Strumpf and Auriel Douglas

  • Michael Strumpf founded the National Grammar Hotline while a professor of English at Moorpark College in Moorpark, California. He has appeared on Oprah and NBC's Today and serves as grammatical consultant to major corporations and governmental bodies.

    Auriel Douglas is an editor and writer whose work has appeared in many national publications. Her books include The History of the Academy Award Winners and The Dictionary of Eponyms.