I am looking for a trusted English grammar book as a reference.
I know this is a kind of a delicate matter, each one has his personal
preferences, but I would like to hear your opinions.
Which trusted traditional English grammar do you recommend?
I am interested mainly in AmE, BrEng and AusEng, but other English
variants are also welcome.
Thanks in advance.
I'll take a look at it. But I would like to receive not only a simple recommendation. Actually I would like to know if you do use it.
I mean as a personal reliable reference grammar.
Amazon. This one concerns about BrE, and focus on ESL, right?
I will analise other ones before I choose one to buy.
Actually I would like to know some English grammar books used by native English speakers, not only books designed for ESL.
I would like to receive suggestions on reference trusted English grammar books on some English variants.
For example, regarding British English, which are some of the most trusted English grammar one can rely on? I mean "that" reference all grammarians know (maybe some of them hate and some of them love).
The same regarding American English and any other variants.
I have a good collection of grammar eBooks including the one mentioned here, i.e. Basic English Usage Michael Swan in the pdf format. Thus if you or anybody wishes, I can mail the pdf versions of the books. We can perhaps excnage content and thus and mutually benift from it.
There's also "The Grammar Book", which is very extensive. It's a "huge" book. (huge meant figuratively) I'd call that book an educational reference for teachers of English.
By the way, if your looking for one to learn and practice grammar, I'd go with the Grammar in Use series. There's basic and intermediate in either American English or British English. You should specify that you want the answer key and the CD with it. There are also accompanying workbooks for extra practice. There's an advanced Grammar in Use, but it's not by the same author as the first two, and as far as I know, it's available in British English, but not American English.
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You will probably find that R. Quirk et al.'s Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language is still considered one of the most definitive and authoritative guides to English grammar available. At something in excess of 1,600 pages, it may well contain more detail than you want on any given topic, but you should find an entry on virtually any aspect of grammar that interests (or puzzles!) you.
On account of some rather unpalatable idiosyncrasies (including a very dubious attempt at justifying trendy hypercorrectisms such as 'between you and I') I would, quite frankly, advise against its newer rival, the similarly named - and similarly lengthy - Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, but, depending on your budget, you might find it useful to some degree as back-up.