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The Penguin Dictionary of English Grammar (Penguin Reference Books)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 December 2012
The Penguin Dictionary of English Grammar is a good book but is not as good as a Oxford Dictionary tut tut.
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42 of 84 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2003
What a waste of money! I was somewhat surprised to find as early as page 2 a glaring grammatical mistake - "Younger than who" - surely should be "younger than whom". And how about this for a clear explanation - 'this means - "the book which the professor who the students who failed their exams complained about is hard to understand" '. Rather than clarifying English Grammar, this book would lead to confusion and error.
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2011
This is probably one of the most unecessary books I have ever had the misfortune to purchase and at an RRP of GBP7.99 it is a rip-off.

First, this is a DICTIONARY of words relating to English grammar. This escaped my attention when I brought it and I regret it. It literally simply defines words like "main verb". You might as well just get a normal dictionary and use that if you want a dictionary of words relating to English grammar.

Second, what you are probably looking for is Pocket Fowler's Modern English Usage. This is excellent in terms of guiding you on grammar and usage. Alternatively, you can use a punctuation book. This book, however, is one of the most pointless and I've never had occasion to use it.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2011
I think I'll be using this one a lot, given that Swales and Feak throw grammar around as though people learn it in school.
I've found the definitions to be brief yet accessible.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 11 September 2008
If you need practical guidance on grammar that you can actually use in day to day life then this is the book for you.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 27 April 2010
Very happy with product - only bad thing is the cover is completely different from the one advertised - but not really important.
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