In the name of unbiased knowledge, and of purposeful rationality and of audio books.
4/5. The book is informative; I found it useful, but it certainly didn't cross the gate to my top 10.
Slips of Speech (by John H. Bechtel). The approach, the tone, and the depth of their respective contents set both books on an island of handy grammar/usage/style books.
I particularly loved the Dirty Words section, although this may be more connected to the shape of my knowledge before reading the book than to the content itself.
Sometimes you need to gain actionable and practical understanding of a subject. When that happens, you often have to swim your way to knowledge across seas of ponderous reference material or too good books written by know-it-all and eager-to-say-it-all writers.
This book has been written to serve as a reference in daily situations, without degrading content quality. It will make you aware of errors you've been overlooking and teach you in a down-to-earth manner to walk your way out of the grammar shame land. I have learned a ton of rules, debunked some spurious ones, and reinforced many more. Other than a few short sections on writing, which I found extraneous, this was a substantial read throughout.
Its accessible pace made it easy to digest and I'm sure I'll listen to it several more times to make it stick. Being read by the author, the book was performed with additional insight that would have otherwise prominently lacked for a book on grammar.
I recently came across Grammar Girl podcast and then to this Audiobook. It has been very helpful and useful. I cannot believe how much I didn't know. Thanks Grammar girl!
I enjoy these book and appreciate relearning all that I forgot. This book is similar to the other so be thoughtful in your purchase.
Rank at the top.
The interaction with the book.
When to use a verse an, many more that was just my start.
Easy to understand.
..but its as fun as can be, its bearable this way.
I'm not anal about grammar, but I have to learn, so this is a grate alternative.