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PEDANTIC SEMANTICS MADE FUN

Advantages: Inispensable and utterly readable grammar guide, if only all textbooks were like this.
Disadvantages: Shifting conventions means that some usage may be dated now.

In Lynne we Truss This is an utterly entertaining and readable grammar guide with a difference. Billed as the 'zero tolerance guide' to punctuation it also doubles as a veritable treasure trove of useful information. Author Lynne Truss is well qu ...

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The do's and don't's of punctuation

Advantages: Funny, and it learns ya.
Disadvantages: However: it might make you feel obliged to start using colons and semicolons; and you still might not understand all the why's and wherefore's. (pu?)

A few years ago, in the category 'How to Write Opinions', I offered the following advice with regards to punctuation: "Make it up as you go along - I do. After all: nobody knows what a semi-colon is used for anyway; so... just throw in anything that looks ...

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Punctuation with Pandas

Advantages: nicely presented, witty justification for sticklerdom
Disadvantages: do I really want to read it more than once?

I admit it; I’m a stickler. My particular little bugbear is the confusion of “it’s” and “its”, not because I don’t make that mistake myself but because I have had it drummed into me to check repeatedly whether I mean “belonging to it (ITS)” or “it is (IT’ ...

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When Size Doesn’t Matter…

Advantages: Fun, informative, easy to read
Disadvantages: None

It’s an assuming looking thing. At only 7.5” x 5” and 210 pages, it is hardly the six-foot model of the book world. In fact, it would probably fail to meet the minimum height requirement to be an air hostess. But, as we know, good things often come in sma ...

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Comma sutra...

Advantages: Witty, fun for many
Disadvantages: Makes me nervous to write reviews about it...

In the tradition of other 'fun with grammar' texts, such as 'Woe is I' by Patricia O'Conner and 'Anguished English' by Richard Lederer, Lynne Truss helps bring to life the simple yet vital piece of communication -- punctuation. Weaving history of use and ...

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