The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation: An Easy-to-Use Guide with Clear Rules, Real-World Examples, and Reproducible Quizzesby Published 01 Jan 2008
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The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation is filled with easy-to-understand rules, real-world examples, dozens of reproducible exercises, and pre- and post-tests. This handy workbook is ideal for teachers, students in middle school through college, ESL students, homeschoolers, and professionals. Valuable for anyone who takes tests or writes reports, letters, Web pages, e-mails, or blogs, The Blue Book offers instant answers to everyday English usage questions.
The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation: An Easy-to-Use Guide with Clear Rules, Real-World Examples, and Reproducible Quizzes Reviews
Perfect for my needs
I know this is going to sound like an infomercial, but...
Before using this book, I used struggle with my English courses: I didn't know the difference between a dependent or independent clause. I used to have tons of comma splices--and on occasion, a few run-on sentences. However, this is no longer the case...for the most part...haha.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve their writing skills.
Do yourself a favor and just buy the corresponding book to the style you’ll use, whether that be Chicago rules, Oxford rules, etc.
This book has a lot of outdated (and plain wrong) information, although it depends on your sources.
I was interested in the workbook aspect of it as a way to physically see how I’m grasping the concepts I’m studying in the CMoS 16 and 17th editions. This thing is scattered between at least four or five grammarians.
Just don’t. The best I can say is it at least clearly defined terminology, though not at all displayed how they are used with any sort of repetition (Do this sometimes; or do this if you feel like it.).
A pretty simplistic book, but good for a quick grammar reference now and then. For more-complex grammar issues, I would stick to The Little, Brown Handbook, The Copyeditor's Handbook, or The Chicago Manual of Style.
The Blue Book is like an expanded version of The Elements of Style. It is very well organized and crystal clear. The final chapter has quizzes that cover everything. The Blue Book website has interactive multiple choice tests, which I strongly recommend. The book is available for free as a pdf(just goggle "The Blue Book pdf"), but a reference book this good is worth getting in paper form.