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  • Plastic Comb: 424 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 4th Pkg edition (Jun. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312404204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312404208
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 17.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,043,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Tarrani on 26 Sept. 2002
Format: Plastic Comb
Describing the contents of one of the most beneficial grammar books I study is difficult, though it is easy to read, research, check, verify, and use. Diana Hacker has written many books to help people understand and use the English language in the correct way. This is a heritage that also protects the language for future generations, just as dictionaries do.
The Main Menu is divided into topics and the sections that relate to it. Within each of these is a category breakdown, as follows:
Composition/Style:
(C) Composing and revising, (D) Document Design, (E) Effective sentences, and (W) Word Choices.
Correctness:
(G) Grammatical sentences, (T) ESL Trouble spots, (P) Punctuation, and (S) Spelling and mechanics.
Research/ Basic Grammar:
(R) Research Writing, (M) MLA documentation, (A) Alternative styles of documentation, and (B) Basic grammar.
The index is also helpful. I selected a topic at random--adjective phrases: (1) Infinite, 350, (2) participle, 349, (3) prepositional, 348-349, (4) punctuation of, 198, 205.
The format displays what type of information is on that page. (1) Page 350 is B for basic grammar information, as are 348 and 349. Pages 98 and 205 are P or punctuation.

This book is on my desk, and is one of the most useful tools I own. I cannot recommend it enough. Any serious writer, editor, or student needs it. 5 stars.
Victoria Tarrani
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Good handbook, except when it comes to revision 30 Sept. 2003
By Jacqueline L. McGrath - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Plastic Comb
Hacker's text is exceptionally easy to use, but this edition (like past editions) fails to focus on techniques writers can employ for revising papers--one of the more difficult and mysterious stages of the writing process. Instead, Hacker briefly discusses ways to revise sentences and paragraphs without focusing on approaches to the global revision of ideas, thesis statements, and the overall direction of an essay. I have used Hacker's handbook in the college classes I teach for years, but I am always forced to supplement it extensively with resources for practicing revision. At a time when composition studies and composition specialists are focused on process-oriented and technology-driven writing instruction, this is a handbook that omits a crucial component of most composition instruction.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The BIBLE for every English major in college! 27 Dec. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Plastic Comb
Every undergraduate in college at one time or another has more than likely used this book by Diana Hacker. And as an English major, I constantly refer to this book for writing papers, mainly in the MLA format. A Writer's Reference is reliable as well as the most authoritative, comprehensive, and trusted reference book on the market. Pick it up on Amazon,Com or at your local campus book store.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Don't waste money on ANY OTHER REF BOOK! 2 May 2002
By Little Tank - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Plastic Comb
Spend your hard-earned dollars on this ref guide by D. Hacker -- you won't regret it! She is thorough, understandable and this should be standarad issue for every college student (and a LOT of post-grad students who haven't quite figured all these citation formats out yet!) HACKER DOES IT BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE!
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Simply the best 19 Jun. 2002
By "joew1954" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Plastic Comb
Diana Hacker's A Writer's Reference is THE book for information on grammar, punctuation, mechanics, etc. All the information you need is there in one easy-to-use book. Even experienced writers will find it useful.
Four Stars 25 May 2015
By ECG - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Plastic Comb Verified Purchase
A comprehensive guide, this is essential for writers
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