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    Could someone recommend me a good grammar book?

    I have built my English foundation, and I have read some English grammar books, but they are not perfect. I need a perfect and complete English grammar book, could you recommend some? And please tell me your reason for recommending it.

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    Re: Could someone recommend me a good grammer book?

    There's no such thing as a perfect and complete grammar book- language is constantly changing and there are areas of disagreement. If you want a decent grammar, then Michael Swan's Practical English Usage is worth having, combining both grammar and questions of patterns of usage. A very wide-ranging grammar like Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech and Svartvik's A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language, or the Longman Grammar of Written and Spoken English might help.

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    Re: Could someone recommend me a good grammer book?

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    Longman Grammar of Written and Spoken English might help.
    Actually its title is Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English.

    And to make the list more complete: The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language

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    Re: Could someone recommend me a good grammer book?

    Here is a favourable opinion of Swan.

    The other two books recommended by Tdol are invaluable for those studying English grammar as part of a linguistics course at university. If you are doing that, then Huddleston and Pullum's The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language* is also essential. H & P's book, like Bas Aarts's Oxford Grammar of Modern English use terminology that is becoming increasingly accepted in the academic world, though this has not yet percolated down to the ELT world.

    Comprehensive and authoritative as these academic works are, they are not, in my opinion, as practically useful as Swan for people who are interested in in learning to communicate in English.

    *I see Mori beat me to it.

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    Re: Could someone recommend me a good grammer book?

    Hey, I was doing it in a hotel room from memory. I should have googled it. I apologise. In my favour, I could remember all four authors of the previous work.

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    Re: Could someone recommend me a good grammer book?

    I doubt it is necessary to buy a grammar book, as grammar sites abound.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Could someone recommend me a good grammer book?

    The books cited above are worth having. Think of them as anchors in a world of internet whirl.

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    Re: Could someone recommend me a good grammar book?

    registered, please note that I have amended your thread title.

    The misspelling of 'grammar' on the page of titles was doing my head in.

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