- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (August 5, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0190215283
- ISBN-13: 978-0190215286
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.2 x 5.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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May I Quote You on That?: A Guide to Grammar and Usage 1st Edition
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"Nearly all wordsmiths feel the flu coming on when they anticipate opening any book with the word grammar in the title, but this book is a keeper-no dense explications, no inexplicable diagrams, no guilt-inducing tone. Instead, it's an alphabetically organized breakdown of troublesome words and phrases, making it a fast, smart, even browsable friend." -- Eloise Kinney Booklist
"Stephen Spector has created a quietly revolutionary book that not only presents the most effective ways to write clearly and persuasively, but also enlarges the entire notion of what constitutes the imaginative uses of language. In what other work would one find Winston Churchill and Lady Gaga as companions in the same noble cause? It hardly hurts that as a piece of writing itself, the book is a perfect example of its own indispensable teachings." --Roger Rosenblatt, author of Making Toast and Unless It Moves the Human Heart: The Craft and Art of Writing
"Anyone who's ever aspired to be a better writer would do well to have May I Quote You on That? as a handy reference. In so doing, there's no doubt in my mind that such an audience will come away with a better appreciation of just how rich the English language is, too." --Brain Drain Blog
"English teachers looking for a text that may appeal to grammar-phobic students are encouraged to take a look at this one." Daily Writing Tips
"I loved the whole concept of the book -- using quotes to make points about grammar and usage. The quotes are very appropriate and the manner in which language rules are explained is very well done. Also, to give readers a better understanding of the rules, Spector has given the history behind them... May I Quote You On That? makes a good addition to a writer's collection of reference books." --Write Tribe
"Mr. Spector has sound advice on the writing of clear prose. He understands the usefulness of rules, while recognizing that the pursuit of style requires the liberty to break them." --Times Literary Supplement
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Stephen Spector is Professor of English, State University of New York at Stonybrook.
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*I received my copy through NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
This book is based on quotations to help you understand the grammar rules through examples and famous words. But it's also a lot more.
Sure it helps you to know how to use "Further" or "Farther", "Pendantic" or "Didactic" and give you tools to remember when to use "May" or "Can": "Here is a rule that I'll bet you've heard: if you can do something, you have the ability to do it; if you may do it, you have the permission."
But it also help you with punctuation if you are into editing and using the correct abreviations. You learn about the common nowadays mistakes. Like with "Kudos" that is a singular Latin noun, everybody thinks is plural. :-)
Honestly, it's not a book you read before bed. But It's one, I was enjoying opening in the Métro to improve, review my vocabulary or just to enjoy the quotes.
I've also appreciated all the side informations given by the author to make the grammar fun. It's like someone is telling you an historical or a practical story that you are able to understand easily.
It's a really cool read if you are into words and learning how to use them correctly.
A great Christmas present too.
This is a delightful, remarkable book, chock full of interesting quotes from interesting people, all making one grammar point or another.
As with drinking gin, a little bit at a time is good, but a lot at once is not so good. This is a wonderful companion but spread your visits out. There's a lot in it. One wonders how he managed to get it all together; it's doubtless a very long-term labor of love.
By all means, you may quote me on that.
.brad.06october.2015. (P.S. I read the whole thing, so this really is a "review", unlike many – or even most – of my others.)
The explanations are clear and simple, so everyone should be able to learn a lot: from newbies through experts.
The author doesn’t play everything as “by-the-book” as you might expect; for example, take a look at page 68 for a surprising discussion of ending sentences with prepositions.
He does a good job at keeping what could be a dry topic interesting and fun, by pointing out things like the fact that movie villains often have impeccable grammar (“It was I who did it!”).
Great for grammarholics and those who love quotes. I think it would work well as a companion text for a high school or college English class too.