The Penguin Guide to Punctuation (Penguin Reference Books) Paperback – 7 Aug 1997
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
From the Publisher
A sample extract:
5.2 Unusual Plurals
As a general rule, we never use an apostrophe in writing plural forms. (A plural form is one that denotes more than one of something.) Hence the things that those shops are selling are pizzas, videos, fine wines, cream teas, and mountain bikes. It is absolutely wrong to write pizza's, video's, fine wine's, cream tea's, and mountain bike's if you merely want to talk about more than one pizza or video or whatever. The same goes even when you want to pluralize a proper name:
She's trying to keep up with the Joneses.
There are four Steves and three Julies in my class.
Several of the Eleanor Crosses are still standing today.
Do not write things like Jones's, Steve's, Julie's or Eleanor Cross's if you are merely talking about more than one person or thing with that name.
About the Author
R L Trask has taught in the School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences at the University of Sussex since 1988. He is the author of a number of books, including A DICTIONARY OF GRAMMATICAL TERMS IN LINGUISTICS, LANGUAGE CHANGE, LANGUAGE: THE BASICS, A DICTIONARY OF PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY, HISTORICAL LINGUISTICS and THE HISTORY OF BASQUE.
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
An excellent reference book for those who want to learn and those who just need a reminder.
If you need to learn modern English punctuation quickly and easily, or if you just need a ready reference to verify the punctuation of your writing from time to time, buy this book. Not only is it an excellent book but it is also good value.
Despite being such a small book, the content is pretty much exhaustive, and Trask always expresses his opinion without pontificating. It's also written in an approachable style (where most guides are rigidly formal).
Worth every penny.
This book details the correct usage for each punctuation, in a way that a thirteen year old would understand.
Most definitely the best English lesson I have had.
If you only buy one book on writing/grammar, than I advise you to buy this one.
Structured simply and written in plain English this book will banish any puzzlement over punctuation.
I really wish someone had shown me this book when I was at school.
I haven't read the 'populist' Eats Shoots and Leaves book yet, and I don't feel compelled to; this little book contains all you need.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book does the job, It's meticulous, and explains a lot of matters that simply were not taught in enough detail in school. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Settinguphome
Very useful in demystifying proper punctuation- which is no longer taught in the state schools of the UK. Read morePublished 5 months ago by jonnybgude
The best book of all to improve your punctuation, and as a referance book for writing.
Thankyou R. L. TRASK.
Anybody who writes anything should always have this by their side.Published 9 months ago by Conrad Robinson
I find this " The Penguin Guide to Punctuation" a very useful book. It comes in well where punctuated work is concerned as I am inclined to
write a lot and also very... Read more
Refer to this book frequently for my academic university essays. It is easy to read, easy to understand, and a staple for all those who need brushing up on their punctuation.Published 12 months ago by Sarah Harrison