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    Full absolute english grammar and resources

    I am looking for something I would name "absolute English grammar" or "all in one English grammar",no matter whether on-line or off-line,e-book or paper pack ,free or not.
    I am tired of having "knowledge holes".I wish to have all in one place,from very beginner to high advanced level.
    Any suggestion will be much appreciated.Thank you!


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    Re: Full absolute english grammar and resources

    Welcome to the forums.

    Have you looked at the Language Reference section on this site?

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    Re: Full absolute english grammar and resources

    I looked at the Language Reference section and found it a very good recourse,but still want your recommendation on some books.I don't declare myself as advanced English expert and no matter of that I want you recommend me very detailed English grammar book or books.That doesn't mean that I won't visit this forum anymore.

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    Re: Full absolute english grammar and resources

    Quote Originally Posted by eager View Post
    I am looking for something I would name "absolute English grammar" or "all in one English grammar",no matter whether on-line or off-line,e-book or paper pack ,free or not.
    I am tired of having "knowledge holes".I wish to have all in one place,from very beginner to high advanced level.
    Any suggestion will be much appreciated.Thank you!
    I don't believe there is any such thing. If there was, everyone would know about it. For example the Oxford English Dictionary is the dictionary for historical English usage. For German, Duden's series could be called the 'Bible' of German grammar. But no one has undertaken the enormous task of compiling a comprehensive English grammar. They all have holes.

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    Re: Full absolute english grammar and resources

    You could try Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech and Svartvik's A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. You can read a review here:
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    Re: Full absolute english grammar and resources

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    You could try Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech and Svartvik's A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. You can read a review here:
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    Thanks Tdol. I might even buy this.
    Can anyone else here give a good (or bad) account of this book?

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    Re: Full absolute english grammar and resources

    You could get a preview by looking at (The TOSCA/ICE Grammar) from the Survey of English Usage, which was parsed using a grammar based on it.

    I would say it is quite impressive in terms of coverage; in terms of theoretical analysis some linguists might disagree with some of the decisions it makes, though even then the latter usually have some logic behind them.

    (This last paragraph refers to ICE, not the book, which I haven't actually read.)
    Last edited by orangutan; 19-May-2009 at 14:01. Reason: afterthought

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