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The "Bible" of grammar and punctuation?

Can anyone tell me, please, what (if any) reference book or website editors use as the "Bible" of grammar and punctuation? I have heard the Chicago Style Manual cited by American editors and agents, but would like to know what to use over here. Thank you.

Asked by: Lynden Wade

  1. Roslyn Renwick on February 20, 2018

    I've got an old Oxford English Grammar by Sidney Greenbaum, that I find is still up to date. But as others' have said, look for apps on your phone or on your computer. Many universities have online guides, complete with exercises. Bristol University has one of the simplest to use.

  2. Judi Moore on February 8, 2018

    There is also 'The Student's Guide to Writing' by John Peck and Martin Coyle. Very straightforward, inexpensive.

    Like Lorraine says, always get the latest edition.

  3. Adrian Sroka on February 4, 2018

    There are many free phone apps for grammar and punctuation. Some have tests to improve your writing skills. You will find the apps on google play. Select the most downloaded apps, or the ones you consider most useful to meet your requirements.

    I hope that helps.

  4. Lorraine Swoboda on February 4, 2018

    p.s. Lynden, my apologies - spelt your name incorrectly!

  5. Lorraine Swoboda on February 4, 2018

    Hi Linden,

    Hart's Rules: The Oxford Style guide is pretty much the go-to book if you want a comprehensive guide. The latest edition is 2014.

    Simple and easy to use: John Seely's Oxford A-Z of Grammar and Punctuation. It's pocket sized, and contains everything the writer may need. The 2013 version is the latest. Always buy the newest version of any reference book.

    There is also Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage - very useful to have to hand as it explains far more than a standard dictionary.

    Hope this helps.


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